Wines

2015 New Releases Available May 1st

 

 

 

2013 A. RAFANELLI ZINFANDEL

DRY CREEK VALLEY

Tasting Notes:  Classically structured and styled with an expressive vibrancy of deep dark fruit and intriguing layers of spice and vanilla. Framed by toasty oak, with flavors and nuances that play on your palate, while the soft tannins keep the balance friendly and the finish delectable to make every meal an adventure.

Harvest Dates: September 6th – October 20th

Barrel Aging: 18 months in French Oak

Bottling Date: March 2015

Release Date: May 2015

Case Production: 7,000


 

2012 A. RAFANELLI CABERNET SAUVIGNON

DRY CREEK VALLEY

Tasting Notes:  

The steep hillside vineyards give body and depth to this mouth coating and compelling wine. A true reflection of the perfectly balanced fruit that went into the barrel and developed over time. Black fruit, currant, and smoked oak integrated together with tiers of cocoa and firm tannins to reveal a boldness that is waiting to be released and leave an everlasting impression.

Harvest Dates: October 5th – October 18th

Barrel Aging: 22 months in New French Oak

Bottling Date: July 2014

Release Date: May 2015

Case Production: 3,200


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2010 A. RAFANELLI TERRACE SELECT

DRY CREEK VALLEY

Tasting Notes:  The best vines are hand selected each year from the terraced hillside vineyard just south of the winery. The grapes are hand picked, carefully sorted, and then fermented for an extended period of time in a small open top tank with manual punch downs every four hours. After fermentation and a light press, the wine is placed in new French oak barrels for three years.

With a cool foggy summer and late start to the harvest, the fruit was allowed to slowly ripen, extending the hang time to give expressive flavors and intense aromas through a slow cool fermentation.  Experience complete harmony with extra attention and perfect extraction of balanced tannins and fruit. This is an enticing wine that is so well structured and yet so very graceful.  Inviting you to imbibe now, but cellaring will allow the dark cherry, cassis, and savory plum characteristics come alive, as the hints of mocha and vanilla glide together with toasted oak accents.  Let your patience be rewarded in a beautiful way.

Harvest Dates: October 19th

Barrel Aging: 36 months in New French Oak

Bottling Date: July 2013

Release Date: May 2015

Case Production: 250