A Cabernet with clay, iron, meat, red soil and fresh fruit, as well as hints of fresh herbs. Full to medium body with fine tannins and a sweet-berry and spice character. So attractive now but will improve for many years to come. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. This is the first vintage.
Peter Michael’s newest offering, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc, the latter coming from the great red soils on the eastern hillsides that were first made famous by Dalla Valle’s Maya. The Au Paradis offers lots of black currant, cedar wood, unsmoked cigar tobacco and vanillin notes in a dense, full-bodied, impressive style, especially for a 2011. Sweet tannins auger well for drinking this cuvee now and over the next 15+ years. (RP)
Inky ruby. Pungent, oak-spiced aromas of dried cherry, dark berries, licorice and mocha, with a subtle note of cracked pepper in the background. Penetrating bitter cherry and cassis flavors unfold slowly and pick up a richer plum jam character, with a spicy note adding lift. Closes smoky and long, with gentle, slow-building tannins and lingering spiciness. (ST)
Deftly balanced, firm, dense and tightly focused on earth- and mineral- laced currant and dark berry flavors. Lightly oaky and well-built, this ends with touches of graphite and pencil lead. Drink now through 2021. (JL)
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