2017 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Notes

Ruby red in color with setaceous accents, this Zin captures your palate with layers of vine ripened fruit, hints of spice with a touch of toasty oak. Distinctive and rich with a well-defined structure and graceful finish, this wine will continue to evolve both in your glass and in your cellar!

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 was a huge challenge for the thin skinned Zin grape and the rush was on to harvest as fast as we possibly could.


Harvest Dates

August 28th – September 9th

Barrel Aging

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

Blend

12% Petite Sirah

Bottling Date

March 2019

Release Date

May 2019

Case Production

6,500

Available only at the winery and in select restaurants


2016 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Creek Valley


Tasting Notes

A Cabernet big in character that shows off its youthfulness with preserved raspberry notes giving way to darker stone fruit that integrates perfectly with hints of sweet oak, rosemary and cloves. Balanced by approachable tannins with a bold and lingering finish this wine echoes endlessly on the palate.

Harvest Notes

This was another dry year for California jumpstarting an early harvest again. The little rainfall worried farmers about the vines ability to set a crop, however the odds were defied again and we had a good yield.  Favorable summer weather allowed the grapes to fully ripen at their own pace. Small clusters and small berries gave us ample color and great concentration.


Harvest Dates

September 12th – October 4th

Barrel Aging

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

Blend

7.5% Merlot

Bottling Date

July 2018

Release Date

May 2019

Case Production

3,000

Available only at the winery and in select restaurants.


2014 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.

Strong yet restrained this wine hints at all its potential by engaging all your senses and giving off an unleashed energy. With ripe black fruit, sweet vanilla entwined with mineral and earth the strong yet polished tannins present a rounded wine that is seamlessly textured. From the first sip to the last sip this wine shows off an expression of mountain fruit that unwinds over time.


Harvest Dates

September 23rd

Blend

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottling Date

July 2016

Release Date

May 2019

Case Production

250

Available only at the winery!