Challenging growing season shows here on the nose, which is surprisingly subdued. Light aromas of fresh and candied lemon are joined by subtle notes of minty herbs.

Lighter bodied as well, there are mild flavors of citrus and under-ripe melon as well as light grassy-herbal notes. There is also plenty of fresh acidity — but not really enough of everything else to bring balance.

Producer: Raphael
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 12.4%
Price: $26*

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