Raphael Merlot North Fork First Label 2001

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Tasting Notes: The 2001 Merlot is our best ever from Raphael exhibiting the strength and ripeness from a great vintage. Dark fruit flavors like blackberry and cassis prevail with mint, chocolate, leather and tobacco nuances. Sumptuous and dense yet at the same time tender and harmonious with layers of floral freshness. Our consulting enologist, Paul Pontallier from Chateau Margaux, has estimated the flavor development of 2001 First Label Merlot will last many years. Voted "Best Long Island Red Wine of 2005" by the New York Times. Vintage Notes: In the 2001 vintage, all the reds- the Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon - achieved levels of ripeness that we had never seen before in 30 years on Long Island. The fall was extremely long, dry and sunny, with no rainfall at all from September 1 until after harvest was completed on the 15th of November. Sugar levels were practically off the scale. The acids were extremely soft and the tannins dense and chewy. No other year in the history of Long Island winemaking had provided a season so generous. The emotion that grips us all is, without a doubt, the sense that we are in the company of one of the great vintages. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 18 months French oak Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested from 10/25 through 11/15 2001 Brix: 23.7 pH: 3.77 TA: 4.8 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: Barcelonaguy
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06/26/2011

This is their best wine and it is a decent wine. But think about it...its their best wine! Balance is fine, ripeness is their, fruit is there, nose is there...Finish is fine...Basically its a good wine, but their is stuff from Spain and France at half the price that does the same thing..not to mention Cali...



Tasting Notes: The 2001 Merlot is our best ever from Raphael exhibiting the strength and ripeness from a great vintage. Dark fruit flavors like blackberry and cassis prevail with mint, chocolate, leather and tobacco nuances. Sumptuous and dense yet at the same time tender and harmonious with layers of floral freshness. Our consulting enologist, Paul Pontallier from Chateau Margaux, has estimated the flavor development of 2001 First Label Merlot will last many years. Voted "Best Long Island Red Wine of 2005" by the New York Times. Vintage Notes: In the 2001 vintage, all the reds- the Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon - achieved levels of ripeness that we had never seen before in 30 years on Long Island. The fall was extremely long, dry and sunny, with no rainfall at all from September 1 until after harvest was completed on the 15th of November. Sugar levels were practically off the scale. The acids were extremely soft and the tannins dense and chewy. No other year in the history of Long Island winemaking had provided a season so generous. The emotion that grips us all is, without a doubt, the sense that we are in the company of one of the great vintages. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: 18 months French oak Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested from 10/25 through 11/15 2001 Brix: 23.7 pH: 3.77 TA: 4.8 g/L Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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