Peter Michael, Clos du Ciel, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2013, Magnum
| ABV 14.4%
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The name Clos du Ciel, French for “wall-enclosed vineyard of the sky,” is a metaphor for the rare microclimate enjoyed by this vineyard site. Situated between 1,275 and 1,400 feet above sea level, with a gentle mountain slope, this vineyard enjoys strong sun exposure across the patchwork of silt and volcanic gravels, which gives polished tannins, body and hints of graphite-mineral. Clos du Ciel has the most masculine structure of our trio of Pinot Noir vineyards. The wine is aged for 16 months in a balance of new and old French Oak, bringing elegance, softness and a silky texture to this wonderful wine.
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. Offering elegance, complexity, richness and long ability to age, the 2013 Clos du Ciel is an exceptional wine. The nose is filled with aromas of raspberry liqueur, black cherry, strawberry, black truffle, earthy and leather notes. Balanced and rich in the mouth, the notes of red forest fruits and violets are stunning. Earthy and gamey components complete the intense mouth feel. The texture is sensual, silky and stylish with impressive length. 92 points - Wine Spectator