About this WINE
Peter Michael Winery
Founded in 1982, Peter Michael Winery is situated on the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in Knights Valley, a subregion of Sonoma County known for its volcanic soil and excellent growing conditions. The winery’s estate vineyards are located at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 2,200 feet, providing a diverse range of microclimates and soil types.
With a commitment to estate-grown grapes, the estate cultivates several varieties across its various vineyard sites, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Their flagship Chardonnay, “Point Rouge,” and Cabernet Sauvignon, “Les Pavots,” consistently receive high ratings and praise from wine critics.
The winery places a strong emphasis on sustainable and organic farming practices. They believe in minimal intervention winemaking, allowing the unique characteristics of each vineyard and grape variety to shine through in the final wines. Their approach often involves the use of traditional Burgundian and Bordeaux winemaking techniques.
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.
In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.