Peter Michael, Au Paradis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2013, Double Magnum
| ABV 15%
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Located in the heart of the Oakville AVA’s famed red dirt in Napa Valley, Au Paradis is situated exactly where its name translates, “In Heaven.” Planted in the foothills on the east side of the valley on a raised gently sloping plateau, the Bordeaux varietals develop into a classic style with silky tannins and deep red fruit. The slope and hillside location provide ideal sun exposure during the day and help develop the lush, intense fruit one would expect from such a magnificent property. Always a Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend, Au Paradis is raised in a classically Bordeaux style, spending 18 months in French oak before being bottled without finining or filtration.
2013 began with a dry spring and mild temperatures, very similar to the previous vintage. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, summer temperatures were consistently optimal, resulting in notably healthy vines. From veraison to the harvest, a long Indian summer contributed to the exceptional quality of the vintage. Sunny days, followed by cool evenings allowed for even, slow ripening, giving berries with amazing fruit intensity and a classic varietal profile. Au Paradis 2013 offers elegant notes of blackcurrant, black cherry, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon and an exotic touch of orange. In the mouth, the texture is velvety and loaded with blackcurrant, game, blackberry, black olives, coconut, and plum, with an iron-like minerality and gunpowder notes. The finish is round, refined, complex and meaty with incredible length. This wine will continue to develop and age gracefully for three decades or more.