Raphael Vineyards 2010 Rosé of Merlot

When one looks at a Rosé  bottle one might think that a Rosé  is a wine for your grandma, that person who is looking for an off dry wine or one who thinks adding ice to wine is ok.

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
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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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