2018 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Notes

A benchmark vintage! Expressive of both its terroir and microclimate, it is well balanced with ripe brambly fruit. The notes of raspberry and blackberry with hints of anise capture your attention, while the seamless finish leaves your palate craving more. The perfect wine to take on a picnic.

Harvest Notes

The year started with a dry winter leading into a hotter than normal summer. Veraison was slower than usual which delayed fruit thinning. We managed our yields to three tons to the acre, but smaller berry size and lighter clusters kept overall Zinfandel production less than average. The cooler summer nights kept acidities up and the fruit balanced. Moderate temperatures during harvest allowed for optimal even ripening.


Harvest Dates

September 6th – 20th

Barrel Aging

The wine is aged for eighteen months in new, one, and two year old French oak barrels.

Blend

13% Petite Sirah

Bottling Date

March 2020

Release Date

May 2020

Case Production

6,500

Available only at the winery and in fine restaurants.


2017 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Creek Valley


Tasting Notes

This robust wine has a luscious core of dark stone fruit with a ribbon of vanilla. Extended time in French oak barrels rounds the mouthfeel and gives finesse to the tannins. The sophisticated flavors fan out on the palate as the wine continues to evolve in the glass. This impressive vintage with its resounding finish, will only get better and better with time.

Harvest Notes

A record rainfall ended our drought and brought huge relief to both farmers and vines! Summer gave us above average temperatures but we saw a cooler and foggy August slow down the vines and extend hang time. Then on August 26th a long heat wave set in with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees for 12 days. This accelerated the ripening briefly before temperatures cooled back down to normal and allowed a more even finish to the harvest.


Harvest Dates

September 9th – 30th

Barrel Aging

The wine is aged for twenty two months in new Traditional Chateau French oak barrels.

Blend

8.8% Merlot

Bottling Date

July 2019

Release Date

May 2020

Case Production

3,000

Available only at the winery and in fine restaurants.


2015 A. Rafanelli Terrace Select

Dry Creek Valley


Tasting Notes

The best vines are hand selected each year from the Terraced Hillside Vineyard just south of the winery. The sustainably farmed grapes are handpicked, carefully sorted, and then fermented for an extended period of time in a small open top tank with manual punch downs every four hours. After fermentation and a light press, the wine is placed in new French oak barrels for thirty six months. Unfined and unfiltered.

Pouring this wine is like letting a genie out of the bottle. Evocatively dark and brooding, the black fruit with cocoa adds to the complexity of this wine and allows your three wishes to be granted; flavor, balance, and agelessness.


Harvest Dates

September 23rd

Blend

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottling Date

July 2018

Release Date

May 2020

Case Production

250

Available only at the winery!