Last week I told you about Palmer Vineyards and their Sauvignon Blanc – how they are nudging into my rankings of Sauvignon Blanc. Well this Raphael Vineyards 2009 First Label Sauvignon Blanc ($22) is neck and neck with Shinn Estate Vineyards – which you will see here next week – is a leader of Sauvignon Blanc on Long Island in my opinion.
First a little info on Raphael’s “First Label” wine, “First Label Sauvignon Blanc is one of 2 separate vineyard-designated Sauvignon Blancs that showcase the distinct differences in the terroir of our vineyard. It’s made from hand-harvested grapes grown on our original, 3-acre founding vineyard block planted in 1998” it sits on a gravelly sandy loam soil. The other block of Sauvignon Blanc is from a 4 acre lot that was planted in 2004 and sits on a deep silt-loam. The other Sauvignon Blanc is called “Grand Cru”. However, today I am talking about Raphael Vineyards First Label Sauvignon Blanc.
On the nose I was picking up Grapefruit and tropical notes with a touch of lemongrass and kiwi. There was a wet ocean rock aroma as well with the slightest hint of fresh herbs.
Upon tasting I was picking up more of a juicy grapefruit, which dominated. There was some tropical flavors as well. There was great zinging acidity that was palate cleansing and the finish was pleasant with a nice herbal, minty note.
This is a great summer wine — refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot summer day. It is a great way to start a summer meal or with a great seafood feast. I had this with some sushi and it went very well. The herbal note seemed to carry for a while and it made the meal more enjoyable.
Be on the look out for this recently released Sauvignon Blanc. It is available in the tasting room — make sure it is available at your next dinner party. It will enhance your summer dining experiences.