This was a gift from Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Raphael, when I visited a while back. I kind of forgot about this after looking through my notebook of tasting. I did taste this with Rich in the tasting room, he was gracious to let me take this home and taste further.
In the glass, this was a very dark red. This was highly aromatic wine; I was picking up aromas of all kinds of berries. More specifically, blueberries, blackberries, and a hint of juicy raspberry. There were some earthy notes there to, maybe some tobacco. I remember placing my nose in to the glass and having to take a step back, put the glass down, and have a moment to myself. The aroma was just so intoxicating. I told Rich, that this reminded me of comfort, being wrapped in a warm blanket in front of a fire.
The taste was even better. All of the elements I picked up on my nose carried over onto my palate. I was picking up some black cherry and some juicy plum, along some fresh mint leaves.
The finish was very interesting, and being the geek I am, I loved this part, there was earthy tones on the finish with a hint of gravel and slate.
This is available for sale on Raphael’s website for $30.99, now and again you may find it in your local wine shop. And if you do, I highly recommend you pick this up. You will not be disappointed, I was not. But save it for that special occasion.