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Peter Michael

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2015 Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi  (Knights Valley) 92

On the bright, juicy, crisp, energetic side, the refreshing notes of grapefruit and lemongrass, are fresh and refreshing. This is a nice zippy wine with good purity of citrus fruit.

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2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 93

Fresh, soft, polished, silky and lush, there is ample, juicy, dark red fruits, cedar and cherry to keep things going. Balanced, polished and fresh, this should drink well young, yet age in the cellar quite well.

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2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carrière  (Knights Valley) 97

What a great style of wine. With the perfect blend of citrus notes, a dab of tropical fruit, flowers and rocks, the silky, lush, fresh, energetic wine leaves with sweet, ripe, lemons, apple and pear, with a dab of vanilla bean to finish things off.

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2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene  (Knights Valley) 95

There is a tropical accent to all the sweet, ripe, juicy, fresh citrus, pear, vanilla bean and apple that shines through here. Rich and fresh, sweet and stony, this is such a nice style of California Chardonnay, it is hard not to finish the bottle too quickly.

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2012 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 95

There are those nights when a steak grilled rare calls out for a young, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and this was one of those nights. Deep in color, after the initial espresso and vanilla oak notes subside, a range of black of fruit appears, along with licorice, smoke and wet earth. Full bodied, rich, fat, round and long, the savory, sweet fruits in the end pack a punch. The wine was made from a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. i still have some early vintages of Les Pavots from 1994 in my cellar, based on how well those have aged, I suspect this will last even longer.

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2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte  (Knights Valley) 97

Rich without being overdone, the wine is packed with fresh, ripe, sweet citrus fruits, candied lemon peel, orange, floral and vanilla notes. Concentrated, yet fresh, the wine is long, finishing with a plush, polished, sweet lemon sensation that lingers. Perfect with grilled summer seafood.

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2010 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carrière  (Knights Valley) 92

Cloudy, straw colored, with grapefruit, lemon and lime notes in the perfume, this fleshy, fresh, Chardonnay ends with plush, citrus, minermal and lychee nut notes.

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2010 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir  (Knights Valley) 93

Complicated notes of citrus oil, spice box, stone, floral and lemon zest lead to a rich, concentrated wine with a fleshy, nut and fresh, citrus finish.

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2010 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte  (Knights Valley) 94

A pronounced nose with fresh lime, minerals, lemon grass, flowers and spice bring you to a full bodied, rich, sweet, ripe wine with body, balance and persistence this combines plush character with plush textures.

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2010 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille  (Knights Valley) 94

Powerful scents of minerals, vanilla, lemon, lime and smoke get you interested to know more about the wine. Plush, silky and concentrated. The flavors build in intensity.

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2010 Peter Michael Pinot Noir Le Caprice  (Sonoma Coast) 93

Cherry cola, fennel, coffee, black cherry and spice open to a rich, intense, long, spicy, ripe, red and black fruit filled finish.

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2010 Peter Michael Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge  (Santa Lucia Highlands) 92

Deeply colored, with ripe, black plums, coffee and spcie box aromatics. Rich, big and spicy, the wine ends with a layer of sweet, peppery, ripe, black cherries.

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2010 Peter Michael Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse  (Sonoma Coast) 91

The second vintage for this Pinot Noir produced a large scaled, powerful, smoky, licorice, coffee and black cherry intensive wine. Rich and plush, but it does not offer the same level of complexities or finesse found in the other 2010 Peter Michael Pinot Noirs.

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2010 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots  (Knights Valley) 89

Smoke, coffee, licorice, blackberry and black cherries make up the nice perfume. But the tannins are a little drying and the oak is noticeable. Perhaps a few years of bottle will add more development to the wine.

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2010 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 94

From the best terroir in the Knights Valley Appellation, this is usually produced from a typical Left Bank, Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend that also includes Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a tiny bit of Petit Verdot. The attention seeking perfume is packed with blackberries, truffle, smoke, licorice and a hint of blueberry. Full bodied, rich, silky and mouth filling, this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon should age well for at least 2 decades. It should be better after a few years of bottle age which will allow the tannins to soften.

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2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir  (Knights Valley) 93

Honey, smoke, citrus and stone open to a medium/full bodied wine that ends with a fresh, floral, citrus.

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2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carrière  (Knights Valley) 94

With its mineral, citrus, earth and grapefruit scented perfume, this rich, oily, powerful wine ends with a long, concentrated, honeyed, citrus and tropical flavored finish.

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2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille  (Knights Valley) 93

This wine opens with tropical fruit aromas, citrus and stone. Full bodied, intense, and stuffed with gobs of ripe fruit, the wine ends with a long, juicy, sweet lemon, lime filled finish.

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2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 94

Smoke, coffee, cassis, spice box and tobacco scents are found with a little coaxing. Soft, polished, elegant textures, round tannins and a big mouthful of sweet, chocolate black cherry flavors are the hallmarks of this wine.

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2005 Peter Michael Chardonnay Point Rouge  (Knights Valley) 95

Deep yellow in hue, with a strong, oaky, vanilla, butter, coconut, popcorn, lemon and pear character. The wine is full bodied, round and fat, with a generous blast of sweet, albeit oaky, fruity finish.

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2002 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 96

This extremely concentrated, opulent wine offered a perfume of sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruit, black cherry and a hint of licorice. Full bodied, richly textured and intense, this is already showing well.

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2000 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene  (Knights Valley) 90

Deep yellow in color, the wine could pass for a 20 year old Chardonnay. With scents of lemon lime, vanilla and nut oil, your palate experiences rich textures, ending in a spicy, citrus rind finish with a hint of bitter at the end. This is more than fully mature and is already dropping its fruit. I'd drink this sooner than later.

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1997 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 93

Full bodied, intense, elegant and fresh, the licorice, blackberry and smoke filled personality really shine through.

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Drinking perfectly today, there is ample fresh, blackberry, tobacco, earth and black plum flavors that mesh just right with the soft textures and flesh found in a mature California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Fully mature, from a Left Bank Bordeaux blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot the rest made from 9% Cabernet Franc, tobacco, smoke, cassis, earth and forest aromas open to a polished California wine that is clearly in prime time drinking today. This is not quite as rich as I remember it. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 3-5 years.

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1996 Peter Michael Chardonnay Cuvée Indigene  (Knights Valley) 92

The nose smelled of lemon, flowers, orange rind and honey. Full bodied with a waxy fruit filled finish.

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1996 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 95

Flowers, truffle, herb and sweet cherry blossoms, with a fresh, sweet, silky texture and a blast of dark chocolate in the elegant finish. This is fully mature.

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1994 Peter Michael Les Pavots  (Knights Valley) 90

Better on the nose than the palate with its intriguing notes of espresso bean, truffle, smoke, tobacco, plum and cassis. On the palate, the wine delivers sharp red berries, herbs and olive in the finish which is starting to slowly dry out.

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