Peter Michael L'Apres Midi Sauvignon Blanc 2019
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley|
Visually compelling with a translucent, silver color accented by a bright, pale golden hue. The bouquet expresses vine and orange blossom along with a vibrant oyster shell and granitic minerality, fresh lime and lemon fruit, and gooseberry with a hint of pine needle and verbena. The flavors carry elegant white spring flowers – jasmine and white vine rose with a resounding array of fruit, Vosges lemon candy, gooseberry, grapefruit to mandarin petite grain, Muscat and guava. The finish is balanced, precise, mineral-driven, and elegant, revealing white currant,apricot, acacia honey, and quince paste.
Aromas of green mango, cooked pear, lemon curd and quince. Lemon wax, flint and toasted almonds, too. It’s full-bodied with a creamy, oily texture. Dense and phenolic with fantastic concentration. Yet, it remains agile and always so balanced and focused. 90% sauvignon blanc and 10% semillon.
One of the finest expressions of this variety I was able to taste for this report, the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi has a rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied style as well as stunning notes of stone fruits, toasted nuts, and sappy green herbs. This isn't your simple, quaffable Sauvignon Blanc, and it's textured, has plenty of mid-palate depth, and stunning length.
Effusive and elegant, focused and intense, with honeysuckle overtones to the lemon curd, ruby grapefruit and Fuji apple flavors. Hints of pineapple and candied ginger linger on the fresh finish.
Splitting the difference between herbaceous, musky and grassy, with its aromas of chervil, fresh bread, dried thyme and jasmine. The inclusion of 10% Semillon is immediately apparent on the palate, thanks to its resinous, coating texture. After time in the glass, a sturdy acidity comes forward, carrying the wine to a multi-layered but currently inward finish. Aged entirely in French barriques for eight months. Will need a year or so in the cellar to show its best.
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc l'Apres Midi is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc (one-third is Musque Clone) and 10% Semillon, grown alongside Les Pavots in Knights Valley. Due to issues with fruit set, the crop was naturally a little smaller this year. Exuberant scents of passion fruit, gooseberries and lime cordial come bounding out of the glass with suggestions of honeysuckle, wild thyme and wet slate. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savory.