Made without even a splinter of oak, Raphael 2014 Sauvignon Blanc ($20), is a brisk, somewhat lean rendition of North Fork sauvignon blanc.

Dominant aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, stony talc and straw are supported by light lemon, lemon verbena and gooseberry qualities. Juicy, citrusy acid keeps the palate crunchy and accentuates the minerally, stony notes.

Bottled only a month ago, I plan to re-taste this wine in a month or so and will update this note if needed.

Producer: Raphael
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Varieties: 97% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Semillon
pH: 3.18
TA: 8.4 g/L
Barrel Program: None; 100% stainless steel
ABV: 12.1%
Production: 1,234 cases, 100 kegs
Price: $20

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