Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps best known for their Zinfandel but also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with all the fruit sourced from their vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. I’ve previously posted on Rafanelli in What’s Your Price for Zin?
Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Bramble fruits, pepper and just a little vanilla on the nose. Raspberry, blackberry and cherry on the palate. Less jammy and more claret style Zinfandel. Nice acidity. Soft tannins. Super unique and charming Zinfandel. Would be absolutely perfect with barbecue chicken, a bacon-bleu cheese burger or a simple pepperoni pizza. Your truly needs to up his order on next years offering.
My rating: 92 points.
Rafanelli is very traditional in how they run the winery. If you want to join the mailing list you need to send them a letter. They do not correspond via email, but will likely answer the phone if you give them a call. The extra effort required to acquire the wine is worth it.
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