I received some excellent news the other day from Melissa Martin at Raphael. Below is a press release from Raphael about a score they received on their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. This will be released to the public in Mid-December. When It does come out…you will find me on line at Raphael and a review shortly after that!
Raphael’s dedication to the production of superior quality wine is savored every time a bottle opens. Now, an extraordinary wine that is just about to release – Raphael’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, has received high acclaim with a score of 90 from Wine Spectator Magazine.
Each wine tells a story and this particular selection has much to boast. Raphael’s Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the very few Long Island wines over the past 2 decades to receive the coveted “90 points” from Wine Spectator. Since 1982, a 90 has been awarded to a Long Island red wine only 7 other times. “It’s a testament to our team – everyone from the vineyard crew to the cellar master. We all work hard and we know we make very good wines but it’s always nice to have it validated,” said veteran winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich.
This delicious, well-balanced red will pre-release exclusively to Raphael’s Reserve Club members first, then will retail in the tasting room in Peconic. With only 100 cases produced, this unique wine will be sold out before long. For more information on Raphael wine, tasting room information, special events, Reserve Club and other winery details, please visit www.raphaelwine.com.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Tasting Notes: Firm and balanced, this red is a bit reserved, yet still well-structured, with depth to its black cherry, tobacco and coffee flavors. Not showy, but a good match for food. Drink now through 2012. 100 cases made. -TM
About Raphael: Raphael is Long Island’s premier winery estate. Inspired by the architecture of Italian monasteries, the winery facility evokes an Old World atmosphere defined by traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The goal of Raphael is to produce Long Island’s greatest wines, allowing the natural terroir of the North Fork of Long Island to clearly express itself. Raphael is located in the heart of Long Island wine country on the North Fork.