What We Are Drinking: Raphael Estate Merlot 2015


The 2015 Estate Merlot is deep ruby in color and the nose is bright with notes of cassis, blackberry and cedar with a hit of alcohol that signals the youthful bit to come. The fruit up front is tart. Blackberries and sour cherry run ahead of sharp tannins that could do with some mellowing over time. The finish is arid with a hint of black pepper a key flavor in many of the Long Island reds. … Read More What We Are Drinking: Raphael Estate Merlot 2015

What We are Drinking: Rubus 2013 Shiraz, a reason to love Shiraz again


Back when I was first getting interested in wine, Australian Shiraz was just starting to develop some serious hype. It was easy to understand why. In the years around the turn of the 21st Century, Shiraz from Downunder was regularly a great value buy. It had a long history of success in the country, but it had… Read More What We are Drinking: Rubus 2013 Shiraz, a reason to love Shiraz again