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

2014 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

2014 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Rafenelli Zins tend to be moderate in weight; that is, neither a lean “claret style” zin nor one of those heavyweight “monster zins” that clock in with industrial strength levels of alcohol. As with many Dry Creek Valley Zins, the wine features delicious jammy berry fruit and a spicy core and it will likely continue to develop depth and complexity as it ages. 

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¥ 8,100
2013 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Apparently Americo Raffanelli believed so strongly in the quality of his Zinfandel, it took years for son, David, to get his permission to plant Cabernet. Pour a glass and you see how right he was to plant Cabernet on these Dry Creek Valley hillsides. The wine is full-flavored and redolent of fruit and earth, but aging in French oak also endows it with elegance and class. 

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¥ 9,800