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.
Purple in color 14.8% ABV. Sublime nose of black fruits, anise and baking spices. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Bursting with rich, plush fruits. Black cherry, black raspberry, cocoa and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Year in and year out one of the very best Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 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. I look forward to the release of the 2021 Zinfandel next Spring.