The 2016 Peter Michael Les Pavots displays a sophisticated bouquet of fresh leather, morel mushroom, vanilla bean, black fruit, cherry, blackberry, blueberry coulis, and a stylish "garrigue" touch. Full bodied and elegant, the wine offers the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is dense and round, with supple tannins and subtle mineral notes leading to a long finish. Approachable now, the wine provides a classic presentation of our estate's terroir. It will handsomely reward four years of cellaring and continue to age gracefully for two decades.
Varietal Composition: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Knights Valley AVA, Sonoma County
Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels,
95+ Points - Wine Advocate
"A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine sings of crushed blackcurrants, blueberry preserves and blackberry pie with hints of camphor, black soil, truffles, crushed rocks and red roses plus a touch of garrigue. Full, rich and with wonderful finesse in the mouth, it has very finely grained tannins and plenty of vivacity, finishing long and earthy. 3,700 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019." -LPB, 10/29/18
95+ Points - Vinous
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is a dense, powerful wine endowed with tons of raciness and class. Today, the 2016 is a bit shy, though. The aromatics are not as expressive as they can be. On the palate, the Pavots is much more giving. I sense a bit less heft than in the in recent past, which is not a bad thing at all. Time in the glass brings out attractive scents of grilled herbs, rose petal and mint to round things out. " -AG, May/2019