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Raphael Red Bordeaux Blend North Fork la Fontana 2002

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Tasting Notes: The La Fontana is blended from wines that were not selected for inclusion in our First Label Merlot. All grapes hand harvested, sorted and fermented in closed top vessels with daily pump-overs. The 2002 vintage is dense and jammy yet supple, with traces of dark fruit and toasty oak. Petit Verdot makes its first appearance in this blend complimenting the earthy plum and black current aromatics of the Merlot with hints of violets and pepper. Cabernet Franc adds minty aromatics to round out the chewy tannic structure and dense mouth feel. A delicious red wine made in the tradition of Pomerol and our first red released from the extraordinary 2002 vintage. Vintage Notes: The 2002 vintage was among the warmest ever recorded on Long Island. The weather started off warm in the spring and continued through the fall. Sandy loam soil predominates the area of this young merlot planting. Average age of the vines was 3-4 years old. The latest in a series of three outstanding Long Island vintages in a row. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: French oak and Stainless Steel Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested from 10/26 through 11/5 2002 Brix: 22.0 pH: 3.75 TA: 5.5 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

Tasting Notes: The La Fontana is blended from wines that were not selected for inclusion in our First Label Merlot. All grapes hand harvested, sorted and fermented in closed top vessels with daily pump-overs. The 2002 vintage is dense and jammy yet supple, with traces of dark fruit and toasty oak. Petit Verdot makes its first appearance in this blend complimenting the earthy plum and black current aromatics of the Merlot with hints of violets and pepper. Cabernet Franc adds minty aromatics to round out the chewy tannic structure and dense mouth feel. A delicious red wine made in the tradition of Pomerol and our first red released from the extraordinary 2002 vintage. Vintage Notes: The 2002 vintage was among the warmest ever recorded on Long Island. The weather started off warm in the spring and continued through the fall. Sandy loam soil predominates the area of this young merlot planting. Average age of the vines was 3-4 years old. The latest in a series of three outstanding Long Island vintages in a row. Technical Notes: Appellation: North Fork, Long Island Varietal: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot Winemaker: Richard Olsen-Harbich Enologist: Paul Pontallier Aged: French oak and Stainless Steel Harvest: 100% Hand Harvested from 10/26 through 11/5 2002 Brix: 22.0 pH: 3.75 TA: 5.5 g/L Return to Raphael Vineyards Wine List

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