2013 Peter Michael "L'Esprit des Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1280421 95 points James Suckling

 Exotic aromas of fresh herbs, flowers, truffle and strawberries. Full body, round and velvety tannins. Savory and decadent. Fabulous mouthfeel. Why wait on this? So pleasing already but will age wonderfully. A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.  (6/2016)

91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon L'Esprit des Pavots is a gorgeous, modern Knights Valley red. Dark, sumptuous and racy, with considerable aromatic complexity from the Cabernet Franc in the blend, the 2013 Esprit is striking. Black cherry, plum, espresso, mocha and leather are all pushed forward. Les Pavots gets most of the attention among the Bordeaux reds at Peter Michael. I often find the Esprit nearly as compelling. More importantly for many consumers, it drinks well pretty much upon release. The Esprit is a very beautiful Knights Valley Bordeaux-blend with forward fruit, soft contours and plenty of near to medium-term appeal. (AG)  (8/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 L'Esprit des Pavots, a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. Soft, round and juicy, with licorice, roasted herbs, underbrush, blackberry and cassis, this is a yummy, sexy and seductive style of wine to drink over the next 10-15 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in French oak. Correct and luscious. Beautiful balance. Sweet and sculpted but definitely not overdone. Pure California hillside, plus lift. Very well done. Shows that balance can be achieved even at high alcohol levels. 17.5/20 points. (JR)  (12/2017)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).