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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 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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Raphael:
The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and soil, the ripeness of the grapes and the success of time-honored techniques. Utilizing gravity flow and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael wines are produced sustainably, utilizing spontaneous fermentation with little fining and filtration resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir... Read more
The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and soil, the ripeness of the grapes and the success of time-honored techniques. Utilizing gravity flow and a natural winemaking philosophy, Raphael wines are produced sustainably, utilizing spontaneous fermentation with little fining and filtration resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir. Our goal is to produce ripe, fruit-driven wines that exhibit a marriage of depth, finesse, elegance, and balance – the flavors of the North Fork – provided first by the terroir and secondly, by the dedicated, impassioned attention of our own hands. The winery was designed by John Petrocelli who was inspired by the Italian monasteries of his ancestral home. Our production facility blends classic Mediterranean architecture with modern winemaking equipment. By building the winery 12 feet underground we are not only able to make our wines using a gentle gravity-flow method, but were able to construct a very energy efficient building using the earth’s natural 55F temperature to cool the winery in the summer and warm it in the winter. Read less

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Snooth User: LennThompson
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: LennThompson
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: LennThompson
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.



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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