Raphael Vineayrds 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Grand Cru

This wine was given to me when I visited Raphael back in the summer, and it took me this long to open the bottle.  Richard Olsen-Harbich gave this to me on my way out.  I have been meaning to open this for a while, but just could not find the right time.  So I just decided to open this one day for the hell of it and drink it by itself.  Glad I did.

Grand Cru is a French term mainly described as a location of great growth.  This location at Raphael Vineyards is a small lot of younger vines.  They also have a first label bottling of this, the first label is from older vines, vines from the beginning of Raphael.

On the nose I was getting some pear, grapefruit and citrus.  There were some elements of ocean rocks and a touch of honeydew melon at the end.

The taste is where I was digging this wine; I was picking up some fresh lemon and fresh summer herbs.  It had a little fresh-cut grass element that was very enjoyable.  It reminded me of the summer on this cold wintery night.  I was also picking up some of that melon that I was picking up on the nose.

Now for the best part, there was some awesomely good acidity with this wine.  There was a zinging almost bubbly like sensation on my tongue.  It was quenching my thirst and clearing my palate.

I was envisioning some seared scallops and some fettuccini alfredo.  I guess I will have to pick up another one of these bottles for $16.95 the next time I am at Raphael and make the dishes I just mentioned.

If you find this in your local wine shop, pick it up.  When you need to bring something to your holiday party, don’t grab a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Grigio, grab a bottle of this Sauvignon Blanc, you will be invited back next year.

About Michael Gorton, Jr.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director who is having a love affair with Long Island Wine and the people that make Long Island wine so special. I am married to my wife Melissa and live in Rocky Point. Our first son Gabriel Noel was born on July 27, 2010. We have three cats and one dog.
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2 Responses to Raphael Vineayrds 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Grand Cru

  1. So glad that you enjoyed this wine. It is my personal white wine of choice. It was quite a new experience for me when I first tried it.

    Thank you!

    • Michael Gorton, Jr. says:

      Your Welcome Melissa

      And Thanks For reading!

      It truly was great. My Mother in Law loved it too.

      I will be out soon to stock up on some.

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