2015 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Notes

Bright cherry and wild berry framed by vanilla, spice and everything nice! This is a Zin that stands out with a style that is smooth and rich. Attractive aromas with layers of flavors that unfold on your palate. Try with a charcuterie platter of smoked Gouda and black peppered red wine coppa.

Harvest Notes

With an early bud break of February 23rd we anticipated a record early harvest. The first grapes were picked on August 17th. This was the third year of the drought and despite the lack of rains through the winter, spring’s showers gave the vines the boost they needed and quantity exceeded expectations. The summer was warm and humid so leaves were pulled and fruit thinned down to ensure even ripening. The heat at harvest guaranteed ripe flavors and good skin color.


Harvest Dates

August 17th – September 7th

Barrel Aging

18 months in new, one and two year old French Oak barrels

Blend

9% Petite Sirah

Bottling Date

March 2017

Release Date

May 2017

Case Production

6,800

Available only at the winery and in select restaurants


2014 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Creek Valley


Tasting Notes

A well-structured wine with the inviting flavors of black cherry and plum, shaded by a touch of toasted oak. The rich flavors wrap around the fine tannins to coat the palate and end with a measure of finesse and grace. Sip on this Cab with a slice of decadent mocha cake.

Harvest Notes

Another dry year on record caused a cautious approach to vine management. From the start of pruning to leaf pulling and fruit thinning, careful consideration was given to cane size and crop load, always with vine longevity in mind. After a dry winter and warm summer, harvest began with cooler temperatures and foggy mornings. This slowed down the ripening allowing for a longer hang time and better development of the fruit.


Harvest Dates

September 16th – October 6th

Barrel Aging

22 months in new French Oak

Blend

7.7% Merlot

Bottling Date

July 2016

Release Date

May 2017

Case Production

3,000

Available only at the winery and in select restaurants.


2012 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. A beautiful wine with a seductive style. Wonderful aromas and powerful flavors of sweet vanilla, coffee, cassis and anise attract the palate. Hard to put this glass of wine down. Will pair wonderfully with braised meats and tangy red sauces, or just be a meal in itself.

Harvest Notes

With a great growing season of just what the winemaker ordered! A drier than normal winter led to a perfect summer with a cool down and fog rolling in just before harvest. This change in temperature slowed down the ripening process and allowed for optimally rich flavors and well developed tannins.


Harvest Dates

October 5th – 18th

Barrel Aging

36 months in new French Oak

Blend

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottling Date

July 2015

Release Date

May 2017

Case Production

250

Available only at the winery!