Raphael Merlot North Fork First Label 2007

Member Review by Barcelonaguy:

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...

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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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Vintage: 2001 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...




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