Rafanelli

A Family Tradition in Dry Creek Valley

The A. Rafanelli Winery produces Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from their vineyards and small winery located in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Alberto Rafanelli, an immigrant from Italy, planted grapes and made wine near Healdsburg in the early 20th century. In the 1950s, Alberto’s son, Amerigo, moved the operation to its present location in the Dry Creek Valley. Today the winery is owned by the third generation of Rafanellis, but with great-granddaughter Rashell in charge of winemaking. A humble and rustic operation that recalls a simpler era in Sonoma County agriculture, Rafanelli produces just 11,000 cases of wine per year that they sell from the winery only. However, the scale of this winery does not hint at the quality of Rafanelli wines. After all, the Dry Creek Valley is where climate and soil join forces to create, arguably, California’s best terroir for Zinfandel. Matt Kramer calls Rafanelli “one of the stars of Dry Creek Valley.”

Wines from this Winery

2016 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

2016 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Though we’re often told to drink Zinfandel young, you won’t regret giving your Rafanelli Zin a few years in the cellar and allow the flavors and structure integrate into something special. Rafanelli Zinfandel tends to be moderate in weight; that is, neither too lean nor too heavy and over-the-top in alcoholic strength. Expressing its terroir in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, the wine features delicious jammy berry fruit, a spicy core and excellent weight and grip that suggest many more years in which to develop depth and complexity. 

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¥ 8,400
2015 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Americo Raffanelli was so committed to his Zinfandel that it took years for his son, David, to get his permission to plant Cabernet. Pour a glass to learn how blessed we are that he had a change of heart. Every vintage, the hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley produce Cab that is long-lived and full-flavored, that excites with a characteristic flavors of dark fruit and earthy notes of forest floor, cigar box and savory herbs. Aging in French oak also endows the wine with elegance and class. Because of a drought in 2015, conditions in Dry Creek Valley were not easy, but the grape quality was very high. This is a robust wine with powerful flavors that will mellow and grow even more complex after a few years in the cellar. 

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¥ 10,600