This is the sophomore vintage for Raphael Vineyards Riesling and the first under their winemaker Les Howard. These are young vines that still need time to develop and as they do I am sure the wine will as well
Raphael 2010 Riesling ($28) is a citrus packed mineral driven wine that you don’t see alot of on Long Island. It is now sold out at the tasting room, but you may find some in local wine shops.
On the nose I was hit with aroma’s of lime, grapefruit, granny smith apple, lemon and a hint of tangerine. Floral and grassy there is a salty beach rock aroma in there too. If you can reserve some for day two, which I did, you will pick up more of the apple and lime notes.
The palate carried over the citrus that I was picking up on the nose with hints of peach and more salinity.
Bright zippy acidity dances on your tongue. I found that the wine improved with some time open. The finish delivered some lime and lemon grass notes.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard
Enjoying the Riesling’s a little more.
Always enjoy a Riesling, must be the little German in me.