2012 Peter Michael "L'Apres-Midi" Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc L’Apres Midi is a 2,400-case blend of 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon that, like its siblings, spent eight months in barrel, of which 10% was new. It is a flamboyant, delicious, fig, melon and dried apricot-scented white loaded with fruit and reveals a hint of minerality. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Musky lemon pith, fresh herbs and white flowers on the nose, with complicating notes of agave and chalky minerals. Taut and incisive, offering vibrant citrus fruit, quince and deeper melon flavors braced by tangy acidity. Plays power off of vivacity smoothly and finishes dry, nervy and very long, leaving a honeysuckle note behind.
This is expressive and distinct, with succulent peach cobbler, jasmine and apricot notes wrapped in a supple, medium-bodied texture. Features a nice backbone of acidity, accompanied by a juicy citrus hint. Finishes with almond and grapefruit zest details. Drink now.
Peter Michael's Knights Valley estate, located in a remote valley in the northeastern corner of Sonoma County in between Alexander Valley and Napa Valley, is renowned for Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay. This Sauvignon Blanc is a critic's choice, as well.