VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Peter Michael Winery & Vineyards
Peter Michael produces otwo Pinot Noirs, Le Moulin Rouge ("the red mill" in French), sourced from the Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Le Caprice, from an estate owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley Although best known for the superb Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernet Savignons they have crafted since 1982, the Pinot Noir is a consistent performer. Sadly, it is only available through a mailing list and currently only long-standing members of that list can purchase the wine. It is worth pursuing on the secondary market, albeit quite expensive.
The winemaker is Nicolas Morlet, who took over for his brother Luc in 2005. Previous notable winemakers have included Mark Aubert and Helen Turley.
The winery is not open to the public.
Articles About Peter Michael Winery & Vineyards
2009 Le Caprice Seaview Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.7% alc.. Released September 1, 2011. 100% naturally fermented using native yeasts. Aged 17 months in 33% new French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Reserved aromas of dark berry jam and plum reduction sauce with a whiff of oak. The flavors echo the aromas in a rich, bold style exhibiting well-integrated oak, moderate sinewy tannins and some persistence on the fruit-driven finish. More expressive and vivacious the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Le Caprice Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc.. Sourced from Reuling Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 33% new French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Muted aromatics with little fruit and demure scent of forest floor and ash. Full-bodied array of lovely, dark red and black fruits which are overwhelmed by firm, sinewy tannins and smoke taint. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Le Caprice Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc.. The Reuling Vineyard was planted in 2003 with a field selection from a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. Soils are Goldridge. Indigenous yeast fermentations. Aged 14 months in 30% new French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Very nicely perfumed with aromas of wild berries, black cherries, spice, cedar and oak. Rich and full-bodied with copious black cherry, black raspberry and black plum fruits, exotically spiced. Soft and smooth on the palate with well-behaved fine-grain tannins and some persistence on the finish. Not as appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »
2005 Peter Michael Winery ‘Le Moulin Rouge’ Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $130 (secondary market). · Very attractive nuanced nose with scents of black cherries, red plums, wild sage, exotic spices and woods. A stunning wine of incredibly flavor intensity yet smooth and caressing. A perfect example of “iron fist in a velvet glove.” Dark cherry, berry, plum flavors with a hint of citrus and refreshing acidity on the persistent finish. A complete wine with great purity of fruit. The most expensive of the Pisoni Vineyard bottlings, the hardest to get your hands on due to its tight allocation, but worth a search and every penny. One of the greatest California Pinot Noirs I have drank in 2009. Reviewed October 3, 2009 ARTICLE »
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