2009 Peter Michael "L'Apres Midi" Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1060273

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, complex and ultimately refreshing, this white delivers details of clove, mineral, tangerine zest, lemon curd and mango that weave together a sophisticated profile of flavors. A terrific cleansing acidity clarifies the flavors, finishing with a juicy punch. Drink now through 2014." (08/11) 92 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc l'Apres Midi (blended with 14% Semillon) is, as usual, one of the finest expressions of Sauvignon in northern California. It displays lots of melony fruit intertwined with fresh figs and exotic tropical fruits. Dry, medium-bodied and surprisingly powerful in terms of alcohol content (15.2%), there is no hint of wood despite its 100% barrel fermentation. This super food-friendly, brilliant Sauvignon should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 2-3 years." (02/11) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, green-tinged gold. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of pear and melon, joined by sexy spicecake and floral qualities and a touch of sweet butter. Very fresh in the mouth, with lively citrus and orchard fruit character and excellent clarity. Weightier on the finish, leaving floral and mineral notes behind. This weighs in at 15.5% alcohol, but there's no heat." (May/Jun 11)

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).