2009 ピーター・マイケル レスプリ・デ・パヴォ
2009 ピーター・マイケル カベルネ・ブレンド レスプリ・デ・パヴォ
2009 Peter Michael Cabernet Blend L'Esprit des Pavots
L’Esprit des Pavots translates to “The Spirit of the Poppies.” First produced in the 2002 vintage, the wine was sourced from the younger vines on our estate. As the vineyard matured, “L’Esprit” has evolved into a more frankly Californian expression of our Les Pavots vineyard’s terroir. This bottling is now a full-fledged member of the Peter Michael family of wines. The blend for L’Esprit is a bit more free-form than Les Pavots, varying more from vintage to vintage. The wine is typically a bit more fruit forward and early drinking than Les Pavots but remains a true expression of the estate’s terroir.
Les Pavots Vineyard
High above Knights Valley
Eastern Sonoma County
Red Bordeaux selection:
Cabernet Sauvignon: 33 acres
Cabernet Franc: 4 acres
Merlot: 11 acres
Petit Verdot: 1 acre
Elevation: 1,000 – 1,400 feet
Soil: Rocky volcanic-origin, Rhyolite
2009 L’Esprit des Pavots is spectacularly rich and intense with all the classic elements which characterize Les Pavots terroir:
blueberry, vanilla bean, coffee, cacao bean, cedar, black currant,blackberry, blueberry and subtle notes of grey pepper. The property’s
younger vines contribute brighter fruit such as strawberry, black cherry and plum liqueur in addition to a touch of red pepper,
which add to the wine’s complex bouquet. The palate is rich, concentrated and full-bodied exhibiting abundant, youthful, yet
supple tannins and a refined lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.
Blend: 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels from artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered May 20, 2011
ロバート・パーカーのワイン・アドボケイト (アントニオ・ガッローニ) 94ポイント
"As good as Les Pavots is in 2009, the real surprise is the 2009 L'Esprit des Pavots, which costs about half the price and delivers nearly as much pleasure. To be sure, $95 a bottle isn't cheap, but the Esprit delivers the goods and then some. The 2009 is a huge, mouthfilling wine bursting with dark fruit. It doesn't have the textural finesse or sophistication of Les Pavots (especially in the tannins), but it is nevertheless incredibly pleasing right now. I loved it. The Esprit is made from vineyards that are 10-15 years old. The blend is 47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
I tasted a large number of wines at Peter Michael. Overall, the 2009 reds made the most positive impression on this visit. The 2009 Chardonnays are very strong. I am less enamored with the 2010 Chardonnays, as they clearly show the ill-effects of a challenging growing season, which at Peter Michael yielded very concentrated whites with slightly higher than normal alcohol levels and an element of heaviness that is out of character. Winemaker Nick Morlet describes 2010 as a difficult year. Bud break was a full month late. High winds and rain during the flowering resulted in high amounts of shatter and yields that are dramatically lower than normal. Morlet describes 2009 as a vintage where everything ripened quickly and at the same time. This lineup includes several wines that are being released for the first time, including a trio of Pinot Noirs from estate-owned coastal vineyards planted in 2006 and 2007. It will be fascinating to see how those wines develop as the vines acquire age. The newest wine in the ever-expanding Peter Michael stable is a new Cabernet Sauvignon from the former Showket vineyard that will make its debut with the 2011 vintage and that will be called Le Chevalier. I hope to taste it soon. I tasted the 2010 Chardonnays and Pinots from barrel. Those wines were scheduled to be bottled in February 2012. The 2009 Chardonnays and Pinots were bottled in late January/early February 2011. " (Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012 Antonio Galloni Drink: 2014 - 2024)
インターナショナル・ワイン・セラー 92ポイント (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar)
"Inky violet color. Aromas of dark cherry and pungent herbs are brightened by peppery spices and flowers. Offers intense blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors brightened by juicy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Sappy and precise on the tenacious finish, showing sexy mocha and vanilla qualities."
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