2014 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis Napa

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~Vintage Notes

The  winter  rainfall  was  70%  of  normal,  continuing  three  years  of  drought.  Unseasonably  warm temperatures  in  early  spring  accelerated  bud  break  by  four  weeks,  then  bloom  through  veraison benefited from moderate temperatures. Early use of drip irrigation was critical for the health of thevines. Meticulous canopy management and substantial crop thinning brought the vines into balance. Ideal  Indian  summer  conditions  allowed  us  to  calmly  harvest  each  block  as  it  achieved  optimal ripeness. Yields were higher than average, but due to dehydration the skins and pulps of the berries were thicker than normal, resulting in low juice yields at the press, and exceptional concentration in the wines.

Winegrowing Notes

Located in the heart of the Oakville AVA’s famed “red dirt” in Napa Valley, Au Paradis is exactly where its name translates, “In Heaven.” Planted in the foothills on the east side of the valley on a raised, gently sloping plateau, the Bordeaux varietals develop into a classic style with silky tannins and deep red fruit. Between 500 and 600 feet, 26 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot  look  down  on  the  valley  and  across  to  the  Mayacamas.  The  slope  and  hillside  location provide ideal sun exposure during the day and help develop the lush, intense fruit one would expect from such a magnificent property.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: To  the  eye,  Au  Paradis  presents  a  deep  red ruby  color.  The  nose  offers  elegant  notes  of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, licorice, cloves,

cinnamon  and  an  exotic  touch  of  orange.  In the  mouth,  the  texture  is  velvety  and  loaded with  black  currant,  liqueur  of  cassis,  game, black  berry  liqueur,  black  olives,  coconut, plum  eau-de-vie,  and  an  iron-like  minerality. The mouth feel is round, refined, complex and meaty with an incredible length of finish. The 2014 Au Paradis will continue to age gracefully for three decades or more.

Wine Information

Harvested: August 22 – September 24, 2014

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon & 24% Cabernet Franc

Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers

Bottled unfined and unfiltered May 16, 2016

Alcohol: 14.7%

Release: September 1, 2017...


  • List Price: $243.00

Quantity in Stock: 10

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