Peter Michael l'Apres Midi Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 107280
  • white wine
  • WS93
  • RP92
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Very intense and multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by forest spring flowers, honeysuckle, lily, acacia, orange blossom, with white peach, lemon, lime, William pear, grapefruit, honey, minerals. The rich and delicate, zesty flavors follow seamlessly from the aroma. Layered, elegant and very long, the estate's signature wet stone minerality balances the richness lending a superb refinement to the finish. Build to age, the 2009 L'Après-Midi is already revealing itself as a superb expression our estate's terroir.

Critical Acclaim

"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. 2,150 cases made."
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

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In 1982 Sir Peter and Lady Margaret Michael built the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California. The estate vineyards rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 1100 to nearly 2000 feet. Of the nearly 600 estate acres, only about 20% are planted to grapes. Peter...

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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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