1999 Peter Michael "Le Moulin Rouge" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #998946 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest Pinot Noir yet produced by Peter Michael is the 1999 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge. This wine is made from the well-known Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands (a source of high quality grapes sold to a half-dozen or more wineries). According to the grower, the clone was smuggled into this country from one of the two most famous vineyards in Vosne-Romanee. The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Le Moulin Rouge offers up a sweet nose of blackberries, pomegranate, vanillin, and Chinese black tea. Gorgeous fruit is found in this full-bodied, concentrated, expansive, potentially profound Pinot Noir. The wood adds nice spice and smoke. Look for this Pinot Noir to drink well in 1-2 years, and last for a decade. (RP)  (12/2000)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby-red. Tangy, pure, noble aromas of strawberry, raspberry, pungent brown spices and white pepper. Very intensely flavored, dense and chewy, with penetrating, sappy red berry and black tea flavors. Sweet, full and fruit-driven, with great verve in the middle palate. Finishes with substantial, tongue-dusting tannins and excellent length. This very impressive, solidly structured young Pinot should benefit from a couple years of additional bottle aging. (ST)  (6/2001)

Wine Spectator

 Dark, ripe and intense, with rich blackberry and black cherry flavors that firm up, showing tannic backbone. Finishes with a spicy, minty aftertaste. (JL)  (2/2002)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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California

- 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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Santa Lucia Highlands

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