A few weeks back I talked about Raphael Vineyards 2010 estate Sauvignon Blanc. This time I want to talk about their other Sauvignon blanc. The one made from older vines that were planted when Raphael began in 1998 from the 3 acre founding vineyard. This label is reserved for the older vines.
On the nose, tropical notes lead the way with some kiwi, grapefruit, and a lemon lime mix. Notes of sweet herb, like basil and hints of green grass round out the nose with hints of salinity as the wine warms in the glass.
On the palate, fresh-cut grass leads the way with all the fruit that I picked up on the nose carry over on to the palate – grapefruit, lemon, lime and some tropical flavors.
Bright, crisp clean acidity that carried for a while then gently balanced out to give the wine some heft on the palate.
The finish brought some herbal notes with hints of gooseberry with a moderately long finish.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard