Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2021 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

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. 14.7% ABV. Soaring nose of red and black fruits, plums, earth and pepper. Medium body with just the right amount of acidity. Well balanced, perfumed and elegant with rich, earthy fruits. Black cherry, black raspberry, mulberry and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Outstanding Dry Creek Valley Zin from a stellar vintage. Best over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Rafanelli finally 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.

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