Raphael Chardonnay North Fork Grand Cru 2006

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Wine Recommendation: Raphael 2006 Chardonnay, Grand Cru Tasting Notes: The future of Long Island Chardonnay productio...

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The nose was taut at first, not wanting to give up much. But, as it warmed a bit and I swirled it in the glass, light lemony-citrus aromas mingled ... Read more

light lemony-citrus aromas mingled with minerally salt air, a faint floral note. The oak is barely perceptible on the nose with only the slightest ... Read more

A clean, refreshing new white, Raphael's 2006 Grand Cru Chardonnay ($16) is made entirely in stainless steel tanks--the way winemaker Richard Olsen... Read more

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Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
3.00 5
11/18/2008

The nose was taut at first, not wanting to give up much. But, as it warmed a bit and I swirled it in the glass, light lemony-citrus aromas mingled with minerally salt air, a faint floral note. The oak is barely perceptible on the nose with only the slightest hints vanilla.The medium-bodied palate is a bit Chablis-like to me, rather than the richer Burgundian style many local winemakers shoot for. The flavors range from lemon zest to tangerines to green apple with minerals in the background and, again, just the faintest oak character, which comes through as vanilla and toffee. Plenty of acidity provides structure and keeps the wine lively. The finish lingers and is lightly tart. This wine's best days are certainly ahead, but it's drinking well now too.


Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
3.00 5
11/24/2008

light lemony-citrus aromas mingled with minerally salt air, a faint floral note. The oak is barely perceptible on the nose with only the slightest hints vanilla.The medium-bodied palate is a bit Chablis-like to me, rather than the richer Burgundian style many local winemakers shoot for. The flavors range from lemon zest to tangerines to green apple with minerals in the background and, again, just the faintest oak character, which comes through as vanilla and toffee. Plenty of acidity provides structure and keeps the wine lively. The finish lingers and is lightly tart. This wine's best days are certainly ahead, but it's drinking well now too.


Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
28312133
0.00 5
12/10/2008

A clean, refreshing new white, Raphael's 2006 Grand Cru Chardonnay ($16) is made entirely in stainless steel tanks--the way winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich thinks local chardonnay shines most brightly.The nose is somewhat austere, but offers lightly fruity pear and melon aromas with a wonderful smell of the sea in the background.That almost-salty minerality carries through and drives the palate with the pear and melon character taking a step back. Medium bodied with substantial--but balanced--natural acidity, this is an ideal summer house white that pairs well with a variety of seafood and lighter fare.


Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Recommendation: Raphael 2006 Chardonnay, Grand Cru Tasting Notes: The future of Long Island Chardonnay production is displayed in this clean, crisp white wine that is produced in the traditional style of a Chablis – without the use of oak or malo-lactic fermentation. It is kept entirely in stainless steel, fermented very cold, making the acidity more noticeable and focusing the flavors on minerality and purity. The perfect food-friendly Chardonnay and the style our winemaker feels is best suited to this variety on the North Fork. 100% Chardonnay. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: Stainless Steel 100% Brix: 21.5 pH: 3.2 TA: 8.5 gL Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

Wine Recommendation: Raphael 2006 Chardonnay, Grand Cru Tasting Notes: The future of Long Island Chardonnay production is displayed in this clean, crisp white wine that is produced in the traditional style of a Chablis – without the use of oak or malo-lactic fermentation. It is kept entirely in stainless steel, fermented very cold, making the acidity more noticeable and focusing the flavors on minerality and purity. The perfect food-friendly Chardonnay and the style our winemaker feels is best suited to this variety on the North Fork. 100% Chardonnay. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: Stainless Steel 100% Brix: 21.5 pH: 3.2 TA: 8.5 gL Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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