1998 Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Knights Valley Bordeaux Blend
Beautifully healthy deep crimson. This very well made wine spreads itself across the palate in the most delightful way. Only very slightly underripe tannins and and a dusty, somewhat charred finish mar it and/or express the vintage, depending on your point of view.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1998 Les Pavots (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc) was produced from minuscule yields of 1.3 tons of fruit per acre. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of melted fudge, cocoa, tobacco, and black currant fruit. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with firm tannin, and a compressed, moderately long finish. 1998 was a difficult vintage, but Les Pavots has turned out well. Nevertheless, it is a successful effort in a challenging year.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Currants, nuts, tar and a hint of menthol on the rather reticent nose. Sweet, concentrated and dense for the year, with plenty of middle-palate texture and spicy fruit. Finishes long and spicy, with building tannins that leave the wine a bit dry around the edges.