2013 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
The complex aromas are amazing with hot stones, black currants, meat and iron. Turns to porcini and wet earth. Cassis leaf too. Full-bodied, velvety and savory with blueberry, iron, iodine and oyster shell. Classic texture. So fabulous to taste now but will age beautifully for decades to come.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis comes from one of their newer acquisitions, formerly known as the Showket Vineyard in the red soil hillsides overlooking the Oakville crossroads. This is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Production is less than 1,530 cases. The 2013 displays loads of roasted meats, licorice, graphite, dusty, loamy soil notes, creamy blackcurrants and blackberries, stunning richness, and a Pauilllac-like first-growth cedarwood and crème de cassis notes. The Cabernet Franc from this area grows right next to the famous Maya wine of Dalle Valle. This wine spent all of its time in 100% new Daranjou cooperage, which is not even noticeable in the aromatics or flavors. This full-bodied, modern-day classic should age brilliantly for 30-35 years. (RP)
Deftly balanced and proportioned, this is rich without being weighty, centered on dusty blackberry, crushed rock and gravelly, loamy earth notes. Gains depth and nuance on the finish, suggesting this has yet to show its full potential. (JL, Web-2016)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis emerges from one of the most privileged sites in Oakville’s high-rent Eastern Hills district. Neighbors include Dalla Valle, Phelps Backus and Weitz. Tasted in the context of the region, Au Paradis offers notable density, richness and aromatic nuance. Even so, today, the 2013 comes across as a bit light for the year, which suggests it may still be recovering from bottling, while the aromatic and flavor profile is a bit disjointed. It will be interesting to see how the 2013 develops with more time in bottle. The 2014 Chardonnays are the highlights in this range from Peter Michael and winemaker Nick Morlet. The Chardonnays are rich and sumptuous - in classic Peter Michael style - yet also retain quite a bit of freshness. Despite their obvious ripeness and raciness, I found the 2014 Pinots much less expressive than the Chardonnays. This is not uncommon for the vintage, especially for the wines of the true Sonoma Coast, many of which continue to unwind at a very slow pace. Certainly the Pinots have been much more giving at a similar stage. Morlet describes 2014 as a drought vintage with very little rain and Indian Summer-like conditions at the end of the season. (AG)