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2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley
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 the vines. 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 skin and
pulp of the berries was thicker than normal, resulting in low juice yields at the press and
exceptional concentration in the wines.
Grown on the slopes of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, the distinctive aromas and f lavors
of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot clearly display their
hillside origins. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago, contribute
a mineral richness and add to the wine’s complexity. Spanning 46 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an
elevation of nearly 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and
Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
2014 Les Pavots greets the eye with a near-black ruby color and vermillion highlights. The nose has a deep bouquet of cacao powder, potpourri, black cherry, blueberry and licorice, with nuances of cedar, cigar box, black tea, graphite, vanilla, black truffle, and a stylish ‘garrigue’ touch. Extremely full-bodied and elegant, the wine offers the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is dense and round, with supple tannins and earthy notes that lead to a long finish. Complex, the wine will age gracefully for two decades and provides a classic presentation of our estate’s terroir.
Harvested: September 22 – October 6, 2014
Blend: 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 22%
Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Aged 18 months in 100 % French oak barrels
from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered: May 18, 2016
Release: April 1, 2017
List Price: $243.00
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