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2011 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots

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October 29, 2023 - $61

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RATINGS

91James Suckling

This is soft and silky now with currants, dark chocolate, coffee and macadamia nuts. Black truffle too. Medium-to-full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Wonderful drinkability.

90Stephen Tanzer

Bright ruby. vanilla on the nose, with a subtle herbal undertone. Fleshy dark fruit flavors are supported by gentle acidity and become spicier with aeration. Finishes smoky and gently tannic,

89-90Robert M. Parker Jr.

, exhibits sweet tannin as well as espresso roast, red and black currants, licorice and tar, a touch of herbaceousness, medium to full body

PRODUCER

Peter Michael

Of the many stories that accompany the founding of Napa Valley wineries, the story of the Peter Michael Winery is one of the most colorful and unexpected. Peter Michael was born in England, where he led several successful technology companies before being knighted in 1989 in recognition of his career in technology and other industries. In the same year he and his wife Maggie founded Peter Michael Winery in Calistoga. From the beginning it was Peter Michael’s mission to produce limited quantities of Chardonnay and a proprietary red that blended Old World winemaking with New World terroir. He has a talent for attracting talent, and some of the best winemakers in the Napa Valley have worked for him, including Helen Turley and Mark Aubert. All Peter Michael’s premier wines are bottled without filtration. There are 112 acres of vines, growing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. About 100,000 bottles are produced annually. Winemaker is Nicolas Morlet, a native of Champagne and brother of Luc Morlet, Peter Michael’s former winemaker.