Peter Michael

Peter Michael Winery needs no introduction. Year after year their exquisite, artisan releases bring pleasure to people all over the world, and it all started in 1982 when Sir Peter Michael founded the winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena. From the beginning, the philosophy was modeled on French winemaking tradition and governed by three principles: the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature, the wines would be lightly elegant rather than powerful and a hundred-year commitment would be made to the development of a great estate.

Peter Michael is the only winery in Knights Valley. Its original winemaker was the famous Helen Turley, followed by Mark Aubert and Luc Morlet. Currently winemaking is under the leadership of Nicolas Morlet, Luc's brother, whose extensive experience with Bordeaux and Burgundian style viticulture and winemaking lends itself well to the Peter Michael mission of producing single-vineyard, limited production bottlings from small, mountain vineyards.

Farming Practice:Sustainable

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Peter Michael Meritage 2015
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "Aromas of blackberries, currant bushes, and hints of balsamic. Full-bodied, layered and flavorful with lots of crushed stones and wet cement. Plums, too. Tight and focused. Chewy texture. Drink in 2021. Publish Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018"  Vinous Media 92 "A gorgeous

Peter Michael 'Au Paradis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
98  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 "A bright and vivid red with aromas of terracotta, fresh herbs, currants and blackberries. Some mint, floral notes and a touch of chocolate, too. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are layered with ripe fruit. Love the length and beauty. Changes all the time in the glass. A

Peter Michael 'Au Paradis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
99  James Suckling 
James Suckling 99 "Extremely perfumed with iron, clay and currant character. Copper pennies and hints of steak. Then this turns to flowers, iodine and oyster shells. Full body that's juicy and defined by hefty blackcurrant flavors and real meatiness. Dark-chocolate and orange-peel undertones.

Peter Michael 'Au Paradis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
98  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 98 "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

Peter Michael 'Au Paradis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
98  James Suckling 
Wine Spectator 96 Points Top 100 of 2015, Rank: # 1 "Deliciously pure and supple, with explosive dark berry and red berry flavors and a silky, polished texture. The tannins become more evident midway through, with a gravelly crushed rock profile that adds a dimension of dust and mineral. Drink now

Peter Michael 'Ma Danseuse' Pinot Noir 2013
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95-97 "The 2013 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse (1,630 cases) is spectacular. Abundant notes of beet root, violets, and black raspberries are followed by a wine with beautiful purity, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long, textured, heady finish. This stunning Pinot Noir can be enjoyed

Peter Michael 'L'Apres Midi' Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Vintage Notes The winter was dry with only 70% of normal rainfall, continuing three years of drought. Unseasonably warm temperatures in early spring accelerated bud break by three to four weeks. The growing season,bloom through veraison, benefited from moderate temperatures. While the dry

Peter Michael 'Ma Danseuse' Pinot Noir 2012
98  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 "The purity of fruit here is impressive, with raspberry, iodine and hints of mussel shell. Créme de framboise. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. The aromatics are crazy here. Great tannin structure. The finish comes out of nowhere with aniseed. (10/ 2014)" 

Peter Michael 'L'Apres Midi' Sauvignon Blanc 2013
"92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sémillon. Intense and multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by mineral, jasmine, vine blossom, yellow nettle blossom, honeysuckle, lemon, lime, white peach and white currant; completed by touches of dry honey and candied anise. Rich and zesty, the flavors are reminiscent

Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
96  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 96 "The 2009 Les Pavots is absolutely fabulous. Mocha, espresso, spices, plums and blackberries are just some of the many notes that jump from the glass in this seamless, striking wine. The 2009 boasts exceptional textural finesse and tremendous class. In 2009 Les Pavots includes 22%

Peter Michael 'La Carriere' Chardonnay 2009
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The 2009 Chardonnay La Carriere (1,900 cases produced) reveals lovely notes of brioche, tropical fruit blossoms, oranges, white currants and lemon butter. Medium-bodied with beautiful fruit, good acidity and a touch of minerality, it should be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years." 

Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
98  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 98 WS TOP 100 2011 Rank 50 "Presents a dazzling array of flavors, along with focus, style and authenticity. Dark, dense and spicy, showing berry, mineral, cedar, sage, roasted caraway and tobacco flavors, this is full-blown yet graceful, reverberating on the finish with the joys of

Peter Michael 'L'Apres Midi' Sauvignon Blanc 2009
 "This is our estate grown Sauvignon Blanc blended with a touch of S?millon. The fruit is grown on our Knights Valley Estate in the Les Pavots vineyard alongside our Bordeaux red varietals at 1,000 to 1,200 feet above sea level. The grapes are sorted by hand, whole cluster pressed and then naturally

Peter Michael 'La Carriere' Chardonnay 2008
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 97-95 "Even better, the 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases) reveals a greenish hue to its light straw color as well as a distinctive nectarine, orange blossom, pear, and wet stone-like aromas, full-bodied, super-concentrated flavors, and stunning acidity and length. This

Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
97  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 97 The 2007 Les Pavots, a Bordeaux varietal blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, is brilliant. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by gorgeously complex aromas of melted chocolate, espresso roast, blackberries, and cassis.

Peter Michael 'Ma Belle Fille' Chardonnay 2008
96  Robert Parker 
Wine Spectator 97 TOP 100 2010 Rank 3 "Ma Belle-Fille is the youngest vineyard on the winerys Knights Valley estate, as well as the highest, reaching an elevation of 1,900 feet, and is quickly becoming the winerys best source for Chardonnay. Its a cool location but situated above the summer fog

Peter Michael 'La Carriere' Chardonnay 2007
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 95 "One of my favorite cuvees is always La Carriere. The 2007 La Carriere shows all the same characteristics, but with more honeysuckle and a subtle hint of hazelnuts in its fill-bodied, zesty, vivid, vibrant style, a characteristic of this vintage. It should drink nicely for 5-7

Peter Michael 'Les Pavots' Les Pavots 2005
97  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 97 "Shows gorgeous Cabernet purity, with a profound offering of ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, blackberry, anise and mineral. Amazingly supple and harmonious, with tannins that are both gentle and tender and then just firm enough to let you know they're there. Cabernet