Peter Michael, L'Aprés Midi, Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Les Pavots Vineyard, Knights Valley, Sonoma, CA
This Sauvignon blanc is elegant, zesty, layered, and refined with notes of citrus, stone fruit, baking spice, fresh stone fruit, and a plush texture.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Knights Valley
REGION: North Coast
SUBREGION: Eastern Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: Knights Valley Estate
GRAPES: 90% Sauvignon Blanc (70% Preston Clone, 30% Musqué Clone), 10% Sémillon
SOIL: Volcanic-origin rhyolite
PRACTICE: Non-interventionist, hand-farmed, organic, sustainable, biodynamic
VINIFICATION: Hand-picked and sorted, no malolactic, 100% naturally fermented using native yeasts, 100% barrel fermented in French oak, barrel-aged sur lies for 8 months, gentle bâttonage, bottled unfined.
COLOR: Pale light gold
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Lime zest, lemon curd, pear tart, gooseberry, jasmine, baking spice.
FLAVOR: Juicy, fresh peach, apricot, guava, plush texture, lemon meringue pie, acacia honey, key lime
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Food pairings may include sushi, dense fish such as yellowtail, trout, haddock, Korean-style BBQ lettuce wraps, saffron risotto with scallops, or Thai curry.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“In 1982, after six years of searching for land to serve as both vineyard and family retreat, Sir Peter Michael and Lady Michael purchased 630 acres of volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. Following Sir Peters "100 by 100" vision 100% family ownership for at least 100 years and drawing inspiration from the great wineries of Burgundy and Bordeaux, the family hired like-minded viticulturists and winemakers to help them create terroir-driven wines that would stand the test of time.”
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Les Pavots Vineyard, translated from French: the poppies, was planted in the 90s at an elevation between 900-1400 feet.
The vineyard has rocky, perfectly drained soil with an ideal south-facing exposure and just enough heat to allow for perfect ripeness. petermichaelwinery.com