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Raphael Merlot First Label

Raphael Merlot First Label

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When Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Peconic's Raphael, started his winemaking career, it was in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. As you probably know, the Finger Lakes region is best suited - and best known — for its aromatic white wines, particularly Riesling. Much of the time, the classic red varieties of Bordeaux struggle to ripen in central New York. Some wineries make wines like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon anyway, but many of the better ones are made using fruit (or bulk wine) grown here on Long Island. Anyway, Olsen-Harbich may have started his career dealing mostly with racy, minerally whites, but in his 27 years making wine on Long Island, he's more than adjusted to the climate and grapes here. In fact he doesn't even make Riesling or Gewurztraminer right now, though they have planted some Riesling in the back of the vineyard for the future.

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