A November 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Long Island Wine Selection
In November we’ve decided to feature several wines (a sauvignon blanc and a cabernet blend) crafted by winemaker Anthony Nappa. We’ve already reviewed his 2013 Sauvignon Blanc released under his own label. Nappa is also the winemaker for Raphael, a vineyard owned by the Petrocelli family and a winery we have featured earlier this year.
Raphael produced two rieslings in 2013: their “First Label” Riesling which is made in a drier style and the regular Riesling which is in a more familiar semi-sweet style. We chose their “regular” Riesling as our main white selection for November. It makes a nice contrast to the Paumanok Dry Riesling we shipped in October.
The Raphael 2013 Riesling has a nice light golden or straw color in the glass. It is quite fragrant. It is very floral, perhaps with notes of orange blossom. There also seemed to be a hint of petrol on the nose, typical for rieslings.
In the mouth, the wine is on the light side. It is “medium” sweet; thought definitely not dry, it doesn’t become cloyingly sweet like some other rieslings we’ve tasted. There is a hint of tartness on the tongue. There is definitely some citrus flavor that comes through — perhaps the lime zest referenced in the winemaker’s notes. As the wine was open longer we thought we could taste more grapefruit flavors. And the wine has a nice caramel finish at the end that is very pleasant.
Although the wine might have benefited from just a touch more acid we really have no complaints. If you are looking for a white wine to accompany your Holiday dinner you should consider choosing this Raphael Riesling.