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. Killer nose of black fruits, licorice and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Impeccable balance. Concentration and power in spades. Blackberry, black raspberry, cocoa and cracked black pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Rafanelli is the benchmark for Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and the 2015 is aging beautifully. Best over the next several 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.