Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rating: **+ 2000 Rafael La Fontana, Long Island, NY


The Rafael La Fontana is an aged red blend from Long Island, comprising cab franc, merlot and malbec. In the glass, it is still a brilliant red/purple, with only the tiniest touch of orange showing - and you have to be looking for it to see it.

The aroma is modest but intriguing - alcohol-infused leaves, a touch of deep plums. On the palate, a big middle shows oaky, bright fruit, still with a tannic, just slightly burnt ending note. Pretty intriguing. Still feels like it could use additional time to settle in. Balanced, though not particularly distinctive in any one of its aspects.

I'm gonna need to place this one at 2+ stars. A wholly enjoyable experience that I don't feel fully drawn to for the future. It does seem the merlot and cab franc mix is a potential winner for Long Island wines.

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