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Raphael

Raphael Established in 1996, Raphael is Long Island's premier vineyard and winery estate. Located on the North Fork of Long Island, in the hamlet of Peconic, the winery is dedicated primarily to the production of Merlot. The wines reflect both the Long Island terroir (soil and microclimate) and the spirit of a great Bordeaux chateau, with its attention to detail and devotion to quality in every aspect of grape growing and wine making. Raphael was born from the vision of John Petrocelli, after whose father the winery is named. In Raphael, the Petrocelli Family is striving for the production of Long Island's greatest wine, incorporating both New World advances and Old World traditions. The result is a wine with an imcomparable personality, resulting from the ideal marriage of soil and climate found on the North Fork of Long Island, and is also reflected in the elegant, Mediterranean-styled winery, a picture of which adorns its label.

Directions
495 East to Exit 73, follow Route 58 East to Route 25 East. We are located on the south side of the Main Road (Route25) just East of the village of Cutchogue, in the Hamlet of Peconic.


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Address Web Social
39390 Main Road, Peconic, NY, US, 11958 Email: info@raphaelwine.com
Phone: 631-765-1100 Web: www.raphaelwine.com
Fax: 631-765-1991
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Products



  Bel Rosso
Our Bel Rosso is a delightful, fruity red wine that is lighter in body than our other reds. Produced in the traditional style of the Loire Valley, this wine is fermented cool and kept entirely in stainless steel. This technique preserves the lively, fresh fruit flavors of cherry, violets and red fruit dominate making our Bel Rosso an elegant red wine capable of complimenting any cuisine. The 2002 vintage is produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and highlights the evolving style of this variety on the North Fork. It can be enjoyed slightly chilled or at cellar temperature. The ideal "cross-over"
  Raphael La Fontana
The Raphael La Fontana is produced from a selection of grapes harvested from young vines or from lots that fall one small step short of qualifying for inclusion in our First Label Merlot. Our La Fontana is a blended wine, produced predominantly from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, highlighted with small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. A portion of the wine is typically kept in stainless steel to retain some fresh fruity elements. It is harvested and vinified in the same manner, with the same stringent guidelines; however, it is usually bottled earlier and matures sooner than our first label Merlot.
  Raphael Merlot
Raphael’s complete commitment to quality is evident in the production of our First Label Merlot. The greatest of the Raphael wines, only the ripest, most concentrated grapes of the vintage go into the production of the Merlot. It is produced only in years where the grapes achieve optimum ripeness. Every cluster is individually selected by hand and inspected over our sorting table before being added to the fermenting vats. Following fermentation, the wine is transferred via gravity into 100% new French oak cooperage. (The use of 100% new oak is a rare technique used by less than 1% of wineries worldwide.) The summer following harvest, each barrel of the new wine is carefully tasted and evaluated to determine if it is worthy of going into the blend. As in a traditional Bordeaux style wine, Raphael Merlot may also contain varying quantities of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, or Petit Verdot, but it always remains at least 90% Merlot. Bottled without filtration, the merlot receives a minimum of 18 months of bottle age in our temperature controlled, underground warehouse, prior to release
  Raphael Sauvignon Blanc
In keeping with the chateau tradition, Raphael produces a small quantity of white wine. Handpicked, ripe Sauvignon Blanc grapes are pressed in our wooden basket press, then fermented entirely in stainless steel at very cold temperatures in order to capture the essence of the fresh fruit. The result is a wine driven by intense floral and herbal elements and natural acidity - the basis of the Long Island style for this variety. Fruit flavors evident include pink grapefruit, gooseberries, kiwis and lime. The perfect accompaniment to scallops, mussels, shrimp and other local seafood. It should be served lightly chilled at a temperature of 10 to 12 degrees centigrade (50 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit).
  Saignee
A true rose wine made in the tradition of Provence utilizing the centuries-old techingue of saignee ­ translated from French meaning "to bleed." During the initial crushing of the grapes, a small amount of juice is "bled" from the vats in order to concentrate the remaining must. The juice is then fermented very cold and kept in stainless steel tanks until bottling. The result is a beautiful rose that is dry, fruity, low in alcohol and food-friendly. The perfect summertime wine for the picnic or the beach. Made from 100% Merlot.

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