Raphael 2010 Cabernet Franc

Posted June 11, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Regions

raphael-2010-cabernet-francRipe but Old World-styled, Raphael 2010 Cabernet Franc ($25) offers blackberry and black cherry aromas with layers of dried autumn leaves, sandalwood and a light sprinkling of pencil shavings on the nose.

Medium-to-full bodied, the palate is ripe and rife with those same black fruits, accented by varied earthy flavors, dried herbs — with medium-intense, drying tannins. The finish shows a bitter, almost chemical note that is off putting and mars what is otherwise a fine example of North Fork cabernet franc.

Producer: Raphael
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $25* | Buy Now From Empire State Cellars

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good)




    Lenn, there’s been a few winemaker changes over the last 3-4 years at Raphael with Anthony Nappa the newest addition this year. It’s made me curious about a piece I’d like to see this site: What influence do new winemakers have over the different vintages when they takeover? My guess is that the 2013 vintage will be the first full vinatge that Anthony truly oversees. But did he have anything to do with this 2010 wine? Or was it already bottled? What impacts might a new winemaker have on the wines that are in barrel/tank from the prior vintages like 2011 and 2012? Might be cool to get some winemakers perspective on their approach to transitioning into and out of wineries.

    Anthony Nappa

    Dave, Thank you for your comment and interest in our wines.

    Transitioning into a new winery takes time to get a grasp of the potential of the grapes you are working with, the unfinished wines, and the brands or styles being produced.

    Making wine from start to finish is ideal to have control of the whole process, with a plan to manipulate the process to achieve different stylistic goals from the beginning. Stepping in mid race has its challenges to finish wines you did not start. But because wines are always evolving, where a wine is going is more important then where it has come from, so tasting the wines and getting current lab analysis is all you need.

    Yes 2013 vintage will be my first full vintage at Raphael. And no, the 2010 wines were already bottled when I arrived. As for the 2011-2012 wines we are moving them through the process, planning new blends or have already bottled them.

    All winemakers struggle with this as they move from winery to winery, as winemakers like Chefs tend to move around. And all winemakers leave a mark on all the wines they come in contact with. For me personally it is not hard to pick up where someone has left off and do my best to bring out the greatness in any wine. The wines I walk into are a new fun challenge, but the hardest part is the worry about the wines I have left behind unfinished for someone else, and wonder how they will turn out without me.


    Thanks for the reply!
    And no matter where you are working, just don’t stop making Anomoly!

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