By Lenn Thompson
With a handful of local winemakers changing addresses this summer, Long Island wine lovers are left to wonder how the changes will play out in their favorite wines.
Rich Olsen-Harbich has made some of the North Fork's best sauvignon blanc for years, but now that he's moved on from Raphael to take over at Bedell Cellars -- where they don't make a varietal sauvignon by the way -- what will come of the Raphael First Label Sauvignon Blanc?
We'll find out in about a year, but Raphael's new winemaker, Les Howard, has made some nice wines with the grape elsewhere on the North Fork, so quality should remain high.
Olsen-Harbich's last Raphael sauvignon, Raphael 2009 First Label Sauvignon Blanc ($22) has aromas of lemon, grapefruit, sweet herbs and fennel.
Medium-bodied and intensely grapefruity, the palate is laced with a heavy dose of sweet herbs and subtle tropical fruit papaya notes. Fresh, juicy acidity keeps it lively and the finish is medium-long and saline.
Case Production: 600