Peter Michael Winery 'Les Pavots' 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, October 5, 2022
This is a powerful red with blackberry, black olive and a hint of mint. Some brown sugar, too. Full-bodied and dense, with lots of fruit and velvety, plush tannins. Crushed-stone and wet-earth character, too. The higher percentage of merlot (14%) and no cabernet franc makes this unique for Les Pavots. Give it three or four years to open. (James Suckling)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 7/21/2023
The 2020 Les Pavots is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and pours an inky red. It reveals a wonderful herbaceous profile of forest herbs, with a more mountainous feel and aromas of pine, menthol, ripe black cherry, and cedar. Full-bodied and more muscularly structured, with dark earth, turned forest floor, blackberry, and tea leaf, the tannins on the finish feel a touch drying at this stage but balanced out with sweet fruit to cushion it. Drink 2025–2040. (Audrey Frick)
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 16th Feb 2023
The 2020 Les Pavots is made up of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Petite Verdot and includes fruit from some of the oldest vines at Peter Michael, planted in 1989. Unusually, there is no Cabernet Franc in the blend this vintage, as it was affected by the wildfire smoke. Deep ruby-purple in color, it is shy to begin, taking time to reveal pure red plums, chocolate, graphite, green bell pepper and tobacco leaves. The medium-bodied palate offers generous, alluringly herbal fruits, a luxurious, silky frame and seamless acidity, finishing long and latent. It develops dramatically in the glass, suggesting it will require a few hours in the decanter to show at its best. 1,910 cases were made; this will be released in February of 2023. (Erin Brooks)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2023
Offers a rich, welcoming set of cocoa, singed vanilla, sweet tobacco and black tea aromas followed by mulled plum, boysenberry and black currant flavors that cruise through slowly, all carried by a velvety structure. Ends with hints of espresso crema. For the hedonist crowd. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2036. 1,910 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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JS97 97 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Wednesday, October 5, 2022)

This is a powerful red with blackberry, black olive and a hint of mint. Some brown sugar, too. Full-bodied and dense, with lots of fruit and velvety, plush tannins. Crushed-stone and wet-earth character, too. The higher percentage of merlot (14%) and no cabernet franc makes this unique for Les Pavots. Give it three or four years to open. (James Suckling)

JD95 95 pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (7/21/2023)

The 2020 Les Pavots is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and pours an inky red. It reveals a wonderful herbaceous profile of forest herbs, with a more mountainous feel and aromas of pine, menthol, ripe black cherry, and cedar. Full-bodied and more muscularly structured, with dark earth, turned forest floor, blackberry, and tea leaf, the tannins on the finish feel a touch drying at this stage but balanced out with sweet fruit to cushion it. Drink 2025–2040. (Audrey Frick)

RP95 95 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (16th Feb 2023)

The 2020 Les Pavots is made up of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Petite Verdot and includes fruit from some of the oldest vines at Peter Michael, planted in 1989. Unusually, there is no Cabernet Franc in the blend this vintage, as it was affected by the wildfire smoke. Deep ruby-purple in color, it is shy to begin, taking time to reveal pure red plums, chocolate, graphite, green bell pepper and tobacco leaves. The medium-bodied palate offers generous, alluringly herbal fruits, a luxurious, silky frame and seamless acidity, finishing long and latent. It develops dramatically in the glass, suggesting it will require a few hours in the decanter to show at its best. 1,910 cases were made; this will be released in February of 2023. (Erin Brooks)

SP93 93 pts. / Wine Spectator (Nov 15, 2023)

Offers a rich, welcoming set of cocoa, singed vanilla, sweet tobacco and black tea aromas followed by mulled plum, boysenberry and black currant flavors that cruise through slowly, all carried by a velvety structure. Ends with hints of espresso crema. For the hedonist crowd. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2036. 1,910 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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SKU 60128
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Peter Michael Winery ‘Les Pavots’
Country United States
Region California
District Sonoma County
Product Location - Location-Appellation Knights Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 15.7%
Brand Peter Michael Winery
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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WE9595 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2023
Classic balance and a little restraint characterize this firmly structured, deeply flavored wine that brings black cherries, cranberries and black pepper to the front, backed by slightly tangy acidity and texturizing tannins that will help it mature nicely. Best 2028–2038. (Jim Gordon)
WS9494 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/23
This supple and gracious cabernet reflects none of the challenges of the 2020 season—from the outbreak of a pandemic in the spring to the devastating Glass Fire in the fall. Cathy Corison’s vines delivered healthy fruit several weeks before the fire hit the valley, and her 2020 offers Napa Valley satisfaction in a ripe, voluptuous red. The tannins have a plum-skin essence that lasts, along with heady scents of fraises des bois.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2023
Distinctive, with a vivid display of mulberry, pomegranate and plum fruit aromas and flavors that glide through easily, carried by a silky but persistent structure. Reveals nice floral nuances through the finish, with a late twinge of iron, too. Drink now through 2035. 1,600 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2023
Corison fans should enjoy the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle herbal streaks run through the wine’s classic black cherries and cassis fruit. Medium-bodied, sleek and streamlined, it shows vibrant energy and ample length, framed by gentle, silky tannins. (Joe Czerwinski)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a heady, potent wine that shows the heat of the year in its forward, opulent personality. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, chocolate, herbs, earthiness, and licorice are all amplified in this decidedly exuberant, potent wine. There’s not a lot of subtlety, and plenty of impact. Even so, this opens nicely with aeration. (Antonio Galloni)
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RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2023
Slightly odd, Merlot-like notes of tomato join black cherries, cassis and cedar on the nose of the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (the wine does contain 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc). It’s medium to full-bodied, with a generally ripe, silky feel until the finish, where a touch of rusticity adds a tough edge. (Joe Czerwinski)
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RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 16th Feb 2023
The 2020 Chardonnay Belle Côte, matured for 12 months in about 40% new French oak, explodes with singular aromas of ginger, lemongrass and Meyer lemon with streaks of flint and dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate is just as intense, offering highly concentrated fruit, seamless acidity, expansive, spicy flavors and a finish that goes on and on. Ultra concentrated and perfumed, the Belle Côte is especially expressive this vintage. 2,782 cases were made. (Erin Brooks)
RP95+95–97 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
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SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2022
Shows salted butterscotch, peach and tangerine flavors that are polished and focused, with lemon blossom, poached pear and candied ginger notes on a plush, elegant frame. Features a fresh edge of acidity. Drink now through 2032. 2,782 cases made. (MaryAnn Worobiec)
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JD9797 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 7/22/2021
More minerality, graphite, and scorched earth notes emerge from the 2018 Les Pavots. Full-bodied and uber-concentrated, it reveals building tannins, awesome mid-palate depth, and one heck of a great finish. It’s a serious, powerful, blockbuster beauty that also holds onto perfect balance and a beautiful sense of elegance. It will keep for two decades or more. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Love the sweet berries, black olives, tile and fresh herbs on the nose with floral undertones. Oyster shell, too. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins that are beautifully polished and refined. Very long finish. All about finesse and wonderful length. 68% cabernet sauvignon, 19% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 3% petit verdot. Drink after 2023.
VN96+96+ pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots presents a beguiling mix of Knights Valley savoriness and the more restrained style that is such a signature of the Peter Michael wines today. A dark, mysterious wine, the Pavots offers up an enticing mélange of dark cherry, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice, lavender, cured meats and scorched earth. There is plenty of virile intensity, but without the heaviness of some past years. The Pavots is in my view the Peter Michael wine that has undergone the most dramatic transformation in recent years, and that’s a positive.
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 4th Feb 2021
Located in Knights Valley, Sonoma, the Les Pavots vineyard is located in the oldest of the estate-owned sites, planted in 1989. It is situated at 1,000-1,400 feet and is quite steep in areas. Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Les Pavots is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a fair bit of coaxing to unlock the intense scents of blackcurrant preserves, ripe black plums and boysenberries with touches of wild sage, tobacco leaf and pencil shavings. The full-bodied palate is densely packed and tightly wound with loads of black fruits, dried herbs and earthy layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and energetic. 3,255 cases were made.
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RP9797 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Oct 2023
The 2021 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse has deep, youthfully gregarious scents of black cherry, red berries, blood orange, forest floor and dried lavender with generous spicy undertones. The medium-bodied palate is bursting with juicy fruit, enveloped by velvety tannins, and it finishes very long, layered and spicy. You could enjoy it now for its hedonistic fruit or allow it to reveal more of its foresty, earthy character as it matures over the next 10–15 years. 1,100 cases were made. (Erin Brooks)
JD9797 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 7/21/2023
A deep and semi-opaque ruby/purple color, the 2021 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse is ripe with black cherry, violets, and wet stone. This full-bodied Pinot Noir is balanced and broad on the palate, with ripe tannins, and it’s flush with ripe black raspberry, sweet earth, and tea leaf, a velvety texture, and good purity. Drink 2025–2037. (Audrey Frick)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2023
This gushes with loganberry, mulberry and boysenberry fruit compote flavors, flanked by singed apple wood and anise along the way. The finish is accented by sweet spices, as the fruit keeps the upper hand. For fans of the showy style. Drink now through 2028. 1,100 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 16th Feb 2023
The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc L’Après-Midi, blended with 3% Sémillon, fermented in barrel and matured for eight months, bursts from the glass with touches of flint and candle smoke that give way to apricot, acacia and alluring herbal tones. The light-bodied, gently creamy palate surprises with its explosive, lime and panna cotta-driven flavors, expanding to more savory beeswax undertones as it glides across the palate, complemented by focused acidity. Powerful yet energetic, it promises dynamic development in bottle over the next 5–7 years or more. 2,038 cases were made. (Erin Brooks)
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JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, January 27, 2022
This is very perfumed with blackberry and pine-cone aromas, as well as raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied with firm, velvety tannins that are tight-grained. Creamy and beautiful. Currant and graphite flavors come through. Lightly chewy at the end. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot, 14% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. Drink after 2025.
JD9898 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/2/2022
The 2019 Les Pavots is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the remainder Petit Verdot. It has unfolding layers of dark minerals, with graphite, boysenberry liqueur, and fresh leather. The palate is expressive of its mountain fruit, with more gripping structure but no harsh edges. This is a remarkable wine to hold a few years and enjoy over the following two decades. (Audrey Frick)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
From one of the smallest yields in the history of this Knights Valley vineyard, the 2019 Les Pavots matured in 70% new French oak. It’s a dark, concentrated effort, with straightforward aromas of black cherries, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate, a full-bodied, plush feel on the palate and a long, velvety finish. A delicious blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, it should possess close to two decades of drinkability.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2022
Delivers a big blast of seductive fruit, including crushed blackberry, boysenberry and mulberry, along with lively bramble, licorice and singed cedar notes before ending with a hint of dark earth to keep everything honest. A showy style, but very well done. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2034. 3,088 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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The 2021 Pinot Noir Le Caprice pours a deep ruby and offers loads of spiced aromas of woodsy earth, cinnamon, and red cherry. Medium-bodied, with good concentration and ripe fruit that fills the palate with notes of red plum, baking spices, and pine, it’s a clean red with fine tannins, good richness, and purity, and its finish reveals a floral component of roses, ripe wild raspberry, and fresh herbs. Drink 2025–2037. (Audrey Frick)
RP95+95–97 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 16th Feb 2023
I tasted the 2021 Pinot Noir Le Caprice as a finished barrel sample a week before it was racked to tank and bottled. Made from destemmed grapes and matured in 40% to 50% new French oak, it has a medium ruby-purple in color and inviting scents of red cherry, cranberry sauce, cinnamon, rose petal and potpourri, offering new aromatic nuances with each return to the glass. The medium-bodied palate is silky and seamless with concentrated, spicy red fruit and a long, latent finish. It will need another 3–5 years in bottle to continue its development and show at its best. 1,083 cases were made. This will be released in February of 2023. (Erin Brooks)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2023
Delivers inviting mulled blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, while red tea, dried anise, iris and mulling spice accents add perfumy range throughout. Reveals a light wet earth echo that keeps the finish just grounded enough. Drink now through 2028. 1,083 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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