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.
Dark crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Awesome nose of red and black fruits, anise, earth and pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Bright, juicy and vibrant. Black cherry, boysenberry, raspberry liqueur and cocoa on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish with dusty tannnins. Super Zinfandel that is all about finesse and restraint. Very nicely done. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 points.
I’ve previously posted on Rafanelli in What’s Your Price for Zin?
Rafanelli recently entered the digital age and you can now sign up for the mailing list on their website! The tasting room is open by appointment and is always worth a visit to try the new releases. The 2019 Zinfandel was just released and should be available if you contact the winery.