2012 ピーター・マイケル ソーヴィニヨン・ブラン ラプレ・ミディ
2012 ピーター・マイケル ソーヴィニヨン・ブラン ラプレ・ミディ
2012 Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L’Après-Midi
The 2012 L’Après-Midi is a superb expression of our estate terroir.
Intense and multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by mineral,
white and yellow spring flowers, honeysuckle, hawthorn, white currant blossom,
lily of the valley, lemon, lime, white peach, and gooseberry completed by touches of acacia honey and candied anise. Rich and zesty, the flavors are reminiscent of the aromas with additional
fresh almond notes. The strong mineral background, a stamp of the estate, balances the overall richness, giving a superb refinement. The finish is layered, very long and elegant. The wine will benefit from another year of cellaring and will age gracefully for a decade.
Harvested: September 18 to October 8, 2012
Blend: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon
100% naturally fermented using native yeast
100% barrel fermented (French oak from select artisan coopers)
Barrel aged sur lies 8 months with weekly bâtonnage
Alcohol: 15.6%; Bottled: May 15, 2013
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.
The Peter Michael estate has grown considerably with their vineyards in the Fort Ross-Seaview region of the Sonoma Coast region producing some remarkable Pinot Noirs, and their Chardonnay vineyards in Knights Valley having been at the top of the qualitative hierarchy for many years. Add to that their proprietary Bordeaux blend called Les Pavots, their remarkable Sauvignon Blanc and their Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend. Additionally, they have purchased a great parcel of vines in the Oakville Corridor near the well-known Dalla Valle property. Owned by Sir Peter Michael, this estate has employed a bevy of brilliant winemakers over the years, the current being the two Morlet brothers from the Champagne district in France. Nick Morlet is employed full-time as the main winemaker, and his brother, Luc, consults at Peter Michael. Both have brought French savoir-faire and applied it to extraordinary vineyard sites to produce world-class wines of extraordinary richness, intensity and complexity. Readers looking for some of the best Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, Sauvignon/Semillon blends, and Bordeaux proprietary red blends can do no better than the wines from the Peter Michael Winery. Since I had not visited this estate in several years, I asked to do a complete retrospective of the last three vintages of Chardonnay and the last four vintages of Pinot Noir. The result was one of the most remarkable tastings I experienced over the last several years. First, Nick and Luc Morlet gave me a summary of their vintages. They were staggered by the quality of 2013 after what was clearly a great vintage in 2012. The three previous years were among the most challenging in recent years. Following one of the hottest years they had ever experienced, 2008, 2009 produced a small crop because of a cool year, 2010 was another small crop because of some rain issues, and 2011 was the most difficult vintage since 1998. Extremely cool, with no heat spikes, the 2011's microscopic crop had to be harvested extremely late, with many vineyards not finished with their harvest until the end of October or early November. The brilliance and flexibility exhibited by the winemaking team at Peter Michael has brought in a treasure trove of wines that readers will adore. All of the following Chardonnays are bottled without fining or filtration. From the hillside stony soils of La Carriere, the three Chardonnay vintages I tasted have a kinship to a great Burgundy grand cru from Chevalier-Montrachet or Corton-Charlemagne because of the wines’ minerality. I hope these notes persuade a lot of readers of just what an extraordinary winery owned by the visionary Englishman, Sir Peter Michael, sits up in Knights Valley. The Belle Cote Chardonnay comes from a Knights Valley vineyard planted in 1990 with the Rued clone of Chardonnay. Peter Michael has long produced one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc cuvees in Northern California. Another serious white is the blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon called Coeur a Coeur. I suspect you can only buy this at the winery as only 100 cases are produced in each vintage. Peter Michael’s proprietary wines made from Bordeaux blends include their flagship red, Les Pavots, and their second wine, L’Esprit des Pavots, which is meant to be drunk at an earlier age. In 2011, the winery added a new cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, made from the vineyard they purchased on the Oakville Corridor on the eastern hillsides.
(Wine Advocate #210 Dec 2013 Robert Parker 93 Drink: 2013 - 2017)
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