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.