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Raphael First Label Merlot
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Region: North Fork - Long Island
Vineyard: Raphael Winery
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviewer: Malcolm Jolley


Raphael's 2001 Merlot was picked only weeks after September 11th in nearby Long Island and the grapes benefitted from that sunny September that world saw with horror on their TV screens. Despite it's very American terroir, this wine could be taken blind as a very serious Bordeaux, and it is no surprise that the consulting oenologist, Paul Pontallier comes from Chateau Margaux. The 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon stands out among the Long Island Meritages, and its blackberry mixed subtly with leather and a light touch of smoke make it a fantastically elegant wine.


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