L’Esprit des Pavots
(les-spree dey pah-voh)
Estate Cabernet Blend
Knights Valley, Sonoma County
Oakville, Napa Valley
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The 2018 L’Esprit des Pavots (les-spree dey pah-voh) is produced from selected lots from our Au Paradis vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley together with those from the slopes of Mount St Helena on our Knights Valley estate. L’Esprit des Pavots translates from French to “the spirit of the Poppies” as this wine is not quite Les Pavots, but still shows the spirit or essence of Les Pavots, the estate vineyard..
Winemaker Tasting Notes:
The 2018 ‘L’Esprit des Pavots’ presents a nearly black color with highlights of crimson ruby. An elegant, floral nose is heightened with accents of dark cherry, caramel, truffle, blackberry, cassis, and toffee. Generous essences of blueberry, blackberry, the black cherry are hallmarks of the Les Pavots terroir, along with plum and hints of mocha and vanilla bean. The Au Paradis terroir brings notes of currant and crème de cassis with meaty nuances. The palate is full-bodied and concentrated, exhibiting savory leather, tobacco, and white pepper with chestnut, black truffle, cedar, and supple tannins with a lingering finish.
Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered