Peter Michael, Au Paradis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2015, Double Magnum
| ABV 13%
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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.
After a dry winter unseasonably warm spring temperatures accelerated bud break by three to four weeks. Steady, warm temperatures dominated much of the growing season, providing ideal ripening conditions, but a late surge of hot temperatures accelerated the pace of harvest and made picking decisions crucial. No doubt affected by the drought, juice yields were quite low, resulting in wines with incredible depth and concentration. 2015 Au Paradis offers elegant notes of cassis, blackberry blossom, chocolate, licorice, cinnamon and an exotic touch of orange rind. In the mouth, the texture is velvety and loaded with black currant, cassis liqueur, game, dark chocolate, black olive and iron-like minerality. 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.