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Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017

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Vintage: 2017
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Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Robert Fiore, the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017 is a testament to the exceptional quality of the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley. This exquisite wine, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc, showcases the outstanding characteristics of a vintage blessed by the end of California’s long drought and meticulous vineyard practices.

The 2017 vintage began with an abundance of rainfall, rejuvenating the vines and setting the stage for a growing season of superb quality. Despite a slight delay in bud break due to cool spring weather, the season progressed well, with even blooming and a well-balanced crop. Warm conditions post-veraison hastened the ripening process, while the cooler temperatures closer to harvest allowed the grapes to achieve perfect ripeness, picked at the ideal moment between September 20 and 29.

Upon observation, the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017 reveals a near-black ruby color with captivating violet highlights, signaling the depth and intensity of flavors to follow. The nose is rich and complex, brimming with black currant and crème de cassis, complemented by intriguing meaty nuances. Hints of plum brandy, vanilla, allspice, and red rose add layers of aromatic complexity, inviting further exploration.

On the palate, the Peter Michael Au Paradis echoes its aromatic profile with a dominant presence of juicy black currant. Additional layers unfold, revealing fresh leather, black olive, and a backbone of fine-grained tannins. These elements are seamlessly interwoven with an iron-like minerality, enhancing the overall structure and depth. The mouthfeel is both round and refined, culminating in an incredibly long and satisfying finish.

The Peter Michael Winery Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon’s elegance and structure are further acknowledged by critical acclaims, receiving a notable 96 points from James Suckling, who praised its juicy fruit, round tannins, and hints of spice, stone, and walnuts. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded it 94 points, highlighting the wine’s deep garnet-purple color, expressive notes of warm cassis, plum preserves, and wild blueberries, with undercurrents of chocolate mint, candied violets, and truffles.

Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis reflects the winery’s commitment to traditional winemaking methods. With an alcohol content of 14.9%, the Au Paradis Peter Michael is approachable now but will continue to age gracefully for two decades or more. It is an exemplary representation of the Oakville terroir, offering a taste experience that is both profound and memorable.

The Peter Michael Cabernet, particularly the 2017 Au Paradis Peter Michael, stands as a benchmark for California Cabernet Sauvignons, balancing power and elegance with remarkable skill. Every sip of the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis invites the taster into a world where the harmony of fruit, earth, and wood is masterfully achieved. The Peter Michael Winery Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon is not just a wine; it’s a journey through the rich tapestry of Napa Valley’s terroir, meticulously captured in a bottle.

Weight 3.5 lbs

18 reviews for Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017

  1. Sandra Jackson

    The Peter Michael Cab is a revelation! Its bold and structured flavor, with a hint of cherry and cassis, is balanced perfectly with the earthy leather and tobacco tones. Pairs well with game.

  2. Debra Yokum

    The Peter Michael Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon simply blew me away. The rich tapestry of the Napa Valley’s terroir is evident in every sip. Dark fruit and French oak notes tantalize the palate.

  3. Camille Aumick

    The Peter Michael Winery hit it out of the park with the Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon. The hint of cinnamon and coffee in the finish makes it an excellent pairing with game.

  4. Rebecca Nelson

    Peter Michael Winery’s Au Paradis Cabernet is a symphony of flavors. The dark fruit, black cherry and pepper notes create a rich tapestry reminiscent of Napa Valley’s terroir. It’s a beautiful experience.

  5. Stephen Fontenot

    What a beautiful Cabernet! The Peter Michael Au Paradis boasts bold notes of blackberry and cherry with a hint of vanilla. Recommended by Wine Advocate, it certainly lives up to the hype.

  6. Judith Bailey

    This Peter Michael Cabernet is a joy to sip. The blackcurrant and tobacco notes are a perfect match. The smooth and delicious finish is the cherry on top.

  7. Beth Paniagua

    Peter Michael Wines never disappoints. The Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis is a gem with its notes of dark berry and beautiful dark tannins. It’s aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels, and it shows!

  8. Tommy Parker

    The Au Paradis Peter Michael is a standout. The black cherry and pepper notes are balanced perfectly by a hint of cocoa. It’s smooth, delicious, and worth every penny.

  9. Sean Butler

    The Peter Michael Cab is a revelation. The earthy notes and a touch of licorice make each sip unique. Top it off with a hint of violet and you’ve got a winner.

  10. Roy Gable

    Peter Michael Cabernet’s rich dark berry and smooth, delicious flavors are a testament to the 18 months it spent in French oak barrels. The beautiful dark tannins make it a must-have for any wine connoisseur.

  11. Dottie Markus

    The balance of dark fruit, black cherry, and blueberry in the Peter Michael Au Paradis is incredible. The subtle touch of cedar and the earthy finish makes this a wine to remember.

  12. Hubert Dailey

    Peter Michael Wines’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a decadent treat. The bold vanilla, cherry, and blackcurrant flavors are perfectly balanced with the warmth of leather and tobacco. It’s a sensory delight!

  13. William Truong

    If you haven’t tried the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, you’re missing out. The dark chocolate and smoke notes are divine. Bonus points for the 96 points awarded by James Suckling.

  14. Janice Warren

    Peter Michael Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon is a delight. Love the vanilla and oak undertones, and the blackberry notes are to die for. Definitely recommended by Wine Advocate for a reason!

  15. Victor Johnson

    The Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis is a must-try. Its licorice and dark chocolate notes are heavenly. Plus the smoke, clove, and graphite undertones? Just perfect!

  16. Amos Watkins

    Peter Michael Winery Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon is a 96-pointer from James Suckling for a reason! The hints of cinnamon and coffee are delightful and the creamy raspberry finish is just sublime.

  17. Donald Mcbean

    The Peter Michael Winery Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-try. The flavor profile is complex with notes of cassis, cedar, and a hint of baking spice. Truly a rich and rewarding experience.

  18. Cynthia Lueck

    I’m in love with the Peter Michael Au Paradis. The rich oak and black fruit notes are complemented by a hint of cream. It’s a red wine that’s bold and structured.

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Is Peter Michael wine good?

Yes, Peter Michael wine is generally highly regarded. Peter Michael Winery is known for producing premium wines that consistently receive acclaim from wine critics and enthusiasts. They are particularly celebrated for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, including the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis. Their wines are often noted for their quality, complexity, and expression of the unique terroir of their vineyards in California's Napa Valley and Sonoma County. As with any wine, personal taste plays a significant role, but the reputation and critical reception of Peter Michael wines suggest that they are considered very good by industry standards.

Who owns Peter Michael Winery?

Peter Michael Winery is owned by the Peter Michael family.

Critical Acclaim

WA 94

Wine Advocate

Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc coming from Oakville AVA, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis reveals a deep garnet-purple color and charges out of the gate with expressive notes of warm cassis, plum preserves and wild blueberries with hints chocolate mint, candied violets, black loam, truffles and charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of juicy fruit with great freshness and solid, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with laudable purity. 1,450 cases were made.
JS 96

James Suckling

This is a beautiful wine with juicy fruit. Tile and iron undertones add an iodine note. Medium to full body and round tannins. Fresh and flavorful. Very pretty length and intensity. Hints of spice, stone and walnuts. Elegant and beautiful. Tight and structured. Drink or hold. Better after 2023.

What does Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, pear, apricot

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

lemon zest, orange, orange peel

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

asparagus, bell pepper

raisin, prune


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017

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Peter Michael Winery, a bastion of fine winemaking, is nestled in the picturesque Knight's Valley region of Calistoga, California. Established in 1982 by Sir Peter Michael and Lady Michael, the winery is a testament to their passion for land and winemaking. This enchanting location, chosen for its unique terroir, lies on the western flank of Mount St. Helena, offering an idyllic setting for producing world-class wines. The vineyards of Peter Michael Winery are strategically scattered across distinct locations, each carefully selected for its specific environmental characteristics. The Knights Valley Estate in the Knights Valley AVA of Sonoma County, the Seaview Vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, and the Au Paradis Vineyard in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley are among these prime...check our brand Peter Michael
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Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to simply as "Cabernet," is one of the world's most widely recognized and acclaimed red wine grape varieties. Renowned for its robust structure, alluring aromas, and complex flavors, Cabernet Sauvignon has captured the hearts of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. This article delves into the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, exploring its origins, the regions where it flourishes, and the unique sensory experiences it offers. What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Originating from a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century France, Cabernet Sauvignon has since become synonymous with quality and prestige in the wine world. The grape is known for its thick skin and hardy vine, making it resilient against...Please check Cabernet Sauvignon for more information

Winemaker of Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis 2017

Robert Fiore

Robert Fiore

Robert Fiore, the winemaker at Peter Michael Winery, stands as a remarkable figure in the world of viticulture and enology, blending his profound expertise in geology with a deep-seated passion for winemaking. His journey in the realm of wine is a fascinating tale of academic rigor, global exploration, and creative innovation. Fiore's early fascination with geology laid the groundwork for his future in winemaking. His extensive academic journey in geological sciences, culminating in a Master of Science degree, provided him with a unique perspective on the intricate relationship between terroir and wine. This background in Earth Sciences led him to investigate geologic formations globally, further solidifying his understanding of the natural world. It was during his geological... More Products
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The Oakville AVA(Amrican Viticultural Area) is a revered wine region located in Napa Valley, California. Known for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville has earned a reputation as a premier destination for wine enthusiasts. The region's ideal climate and diverse soil compositions contribute to the production of world-class wines. Oakville's wines are characterized by their bold and structured flavors, showcasing rich blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate notes. Wineries in Oakville, such as Opus One, Screaming Eagle, and Silver Oak, consistently produce highly sought-after bottles that capture the essence... ...Check Region for more information

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