Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 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. 14.8% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, baking spices, cocoa and pepper. Full bodied with exceptional acidity and balance. Lush, very ripe and earthy. Blackberry, black raspberry, chocolate truffle and white pepper on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Delicious Dry Creek Zinfandel that is likely best in the near term. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2023 Zinfandel will be released next Spring.

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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