2013 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1275004 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The complex aromas are amazing with hot stones, blackcurrants, meat, and iron. Turns to porcini and wet earth. Cassis leaf, too. Full-bodied, velvety, and savory with blueberries, iron, iodine and oyster shell. Classic texture. So fabulous to taste now but will age beautifully for decades to come. Inner quote mark (1/2016)

98 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The finest rendition yet of Au Paradis, the 2013 opens in the glass with notes of red and black cherry, violets, menthol, liquorice and a framing of rich new oak. On the palate the wine reveals greater depth, energy and savoury concentration than the 2012, with rich tannins, juicy acidity and a long, penetrating finish. This will need a few years in the cellar to integrate and evolve, but it is a lovely example of powerful, contemporary Napa Cabernet. (WK) Inner quote mark

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (11/2016)

K&L Notes

95 points Eduardo Dingler in Decanter: "The 2013 vintage was marked by a dry spring and mild temperatures, but an Indian summer provided ideal warmth. Aromas of dried hibiscus and crushed violets introduce this unapologetic wine. It has a big tannic structure with bold yet finessed blackberry notes. Great with grilled lamb chops with fresh mint." (03/2019)

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