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Raphael Merlot North Fork 2004

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Tasting Notes: We declassified the 2004 so that no First Label was produced in this year. Instead, we combined lots from older vines and our finest vineyard areas that in the past were slated for First Label only. The result is what we believe to be Long Island's best value in the price category. The 2004 vintage is soft and round yet still fruity with subtle influences of toasty oak. The Merlot is on its own in this wine, providing gentle tannic structure and dense mouth feel. Partially fermented in stainless steel at 75 degrees F. to retain the bright aromatics. 100% Merlot in the tradition of a St. Emillion petit chateau. Vintage Notes: The 2004 vintage saw a return to normal growing conditions with average rainfall and temperatures. The summer was fairly dry but slightly cooler than normal, which allowed our Merlot to retain bright acidity and fresh aromatics. A delicate and elegant vintage, similar to the wines made in 2000. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Merlot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 50% Stainless Steel 50% older French oak Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested on Oct. 31, 2004 Brix: 21.5 pH: 3.75 TA: 6.5 g/L 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: CageyT
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06/20/2010

A surprisingly good New York State red. Lovely Merlot solo in this one, capable of holding its own with California or anywhere else. Wish I had a few more bottles of this...



Tasting Notes: We declassified the 2004 so that no First Label was produced in this year. Instead, we combined lots from older vines and our finest vineyard areas that in the past were slated for First Label only. The result is what we believe to be Long Island's best value in the price category. The 2004 vintage is soft and round yet still fruity with subtle influences of toasty oak. The Merlot is on its own in this wine, providing gentle tannic structure and dense mouth feel. Partially fermented in stainless steel at 75 degrees F. to retain the bright aromatics. 100% Merlot in the tradition of a St. Emillion petit chateau. Vintage Notes: The 2004 vintage saw a return to normal growing conditions with average rainfall and temperatures. The summer was fairly dry but slightly cooler than normal, which allowed our Merlot to retain bright acidity and fresh aromatics. A delicate and elegant vintage, similar to the wines made in 2000. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 100% Merlot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 50% Stainless Steel 50% older French oak Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested on Oct. 31, 2004 Brix: 21.5 pH: 3.75 TA: 6.5 g/L Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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