This Rosé from Raphael Winery fits none of the above scenarios. Made in the dry style that most of us from Long Island or who drink alot of Long Island wine have grown to enjoy and have gained a good deal of accolades.
This Raphael 2010 Rosé of Merlot ($24) is not your grandmothers Rosé. Packed with loads of strawberry and bramble on the nose it lees to some grapefruit, blueberry and a hint of plum. There is an herbal note that mixes nicely with an earthy note. On day two a note of grapeskin emerges.
The palate is where it gets you. Bright acidity with a hint of tannins this wine shows much darker than it appears. Strawberry, herb, earthy spice and a hit of fresh herb. THere is no mistaking that this Rosé was made with the Merlot grape.
The finish has a nice length to it with mix of floral and herbal hints and some earthy spice.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard