2003 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knight's Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine has filled out very nicely. Nearly 3,000 cases were produced of this flowery, tar, camphor, incense, blackberry, black currant, espresso and chocolate-scented beauty. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, this full-bodied, opulent 2003 is just entering its plateau of full maturity. It is better at age ten than it was early in life from cask and post-bottling. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and flowers on the nose. Lush, broad and wonderfully ripe but classically dry, with terrific intensity of currant, chocolate, cedar and leather flavor. Distinctly suave wine, finishing with broad, dusty, building tannins and excellent length. And not at all flat despite the extravagant pH. (ST)
**Cellar Selection** Tannic and closed to the point of inaccessibility, this Cab-based blend, which contains Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, comes from low-yielding vines grown 1,700 feet above Knights Valley. It all comes down to a question of ageability. The answer is it will age quite nicely. The balance is superb, and the core of fruit is there.
Dense and cedary, austere and tannic, with drying dark berry, mint, cedar and cigar box notes. The better of two bottles tasted. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.—2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2019. 1,964 cases made. Web-Only 2013 (JL)