Raphael First Label Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Long Island White Wine 750mL

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Rated 91 From The Wine Advocate: eRobertParker.com #219 June, 2015
 
"The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc "First Label," essentially a reserve in Raphael’s branding, is all unoaked, with 15% Semillon added. The Sauvignon Blanc is from the winery’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines (around 15 years). It comes in at 12.3% alcohol and is dry. The Semillon was fermented three weeks on skins to add body and mouthfeel. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs that I saw for this report (and there were quite a few nice ones), this gets it just right. With all of that Sauvignon jazz on the nose, it is fresh, grassy and enticing. It does have a reasonable mid-palate, too, and it finishes with fine tension and flavor. This is impressive, at least in its youth. How it will hold? It should hang nicely for a few years, but it is the type of wine whose exuberance and freshness is part of what makes it wonderful. There is no point to losing that, no matter how long it theoretically holds. Drink up; take the aging in stages if you choose to do so. (Drink: 2015 – 2019)" – Mark Squires
 
Rated 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: September 1, 2016
 
"Bristling grapefruit pith and gooseberry notes are concentrated and crisp on this bright, punchy Sauvignon Blanc. While delicate in body, partial skin contact seems to lend richness to palate, freshened by swathes of herb and orange blossom on the finish." -Anna Lee C. Iijima

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Rated 91 From The Wine Advocate: eRobertParker.com #219 June, 2015
 
"The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc "First Label," essentially a reserve in Raphael’s branding, is all unoaked, with 15% Semillon added. The Sauvignon Blanc is from the winery’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines (around 15 years). It comes in at 12.3% alcohol and is dry. The Semillon was fermented three weeks on skins to add body and mouthfeel. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs that I saw for this report (and there were quite a few nice ones), this gets it just right. With all of that Sauvignon jazz on the nose, it is fresh, grassy and enticing. It does have a reasonable mid-palate, too, and it finishes with fine tension and flavor. This is impressive, at least in its youth. How it will hold? It should hang nicely for a few years, but it is the type of wine whose exuberance and freshness is part of what makes it wonderful. There is no point to losing that, no matter how long it theoretically holds. Drink up; take the aging in stages if you choose to do so. (Drink: 2015 – 2019)
 
Beautiful Raphael, established in 1996, is owned by the Petrocelli family and the winemaker here is Anthony Nappa (who also makes wine for himself under his own name). With all those Italians, it is not surprising that the Italian flag flies outside and the wines (here and at Nappa’s own operation) contain many references (some subtle, some not) to Italian culture and language. The wines are very much, however, true to the style of Long Island (except for some Rieslings which tend to get sourced in the Finger Lakes) and they generally perform quite well. The Sauvignon Blanc First Label was one of my favorites in this report, a particular delight." -Mark Squires
 
 
Rated 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: September 1, 2016
 
"Bristling grapefruit pith and gooseberry notes are concentrated and crisp on this bright, punchy Sauvignon Blanc. While delicate in body, partial skin contact seems to lend richness to palate, freshened by swathes of herb and orange blossom on the finish." -Anna Lee C. Iijima
Rated 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: September 1, 2016
 
"Bristling grapefruit pith and gooseberry notes are concentrated and crisp on this bright, punchy Sauvignon Blanc. While delicate in body, partial skin contact seems to lend richness to palate, freshened by swathes of herb and orange blossom on the finish." -Anna Lee C. Iijima

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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 17 in
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