Raphael Merlot First Label 2014 Red Long Island Wine 750mL



Previous vintage Rated 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
“Whiffs of balsamic vinegar, leather and spice accent this rustic yet elegant Merlot. Ripe red cherry and raspberry flavors brighten the palate, but complexities of tobacco and riding saddle maintain that deeply savory tone. Coarse, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity lend structure and gravitas.” – Anna Lee C. Iijima
Previous vintage Rated 90 Points from The Wine Advocate: eRobertParker.com 
“The Merlot First Label, the winery’s Reserve, was released this spring, the wine held back in bottle for some aging. It was aged for 18 months in French oak (22% new) and comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Opening too soft and creamy, seeming a bit one dimensional, this pulls itself together nicely with about thirty minutes of air and becomes rather complex, a dead-on Bordeaux-ringer. There is nothing sloppy or sweet here. It shows finesse and dark fruit. The nice structure becomes more evident with some tannic pop on the finish and the wine begins to take on a bit more character as well, showing increasing complexity on that finish. It doesn’t have the concentration of the very best vintages here, but it is not as far off as it first seems. Plus, it is easy to enjoy and finely crafted, adding distinction every 15 minutes it was open. Its understated opening should not detract from how ultimately pleasing and nicely crafted it actually is. I confess that if I had tasted this quickly, I likely would have marked it down. About 75 minutes later, including notable time in the glass, this was far more interesting. I was surprised at how much it grew on me. It is a perfect food wine. There were 551 cases produced. Drink: 2016-2025” -Mark Squires

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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in
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