Raphael Merlot 2010 First Label is a complex and rich merlot, hailing from the Raphael Winery in the North Fork of Long Island. Merlot is Long Island’s premier grape, and the title of First Label is reserved for Raphael’s finest wines. This merlot was aged in French Oak barrels to achieve a perfect balance of fruitiness and acidity, which is why the 2010 vintage is considered to be the best growing season in the 35 year history of Long Island winemaking.