Intriguing wine. 15.5% alcohol but carrying it well. Beautiful Cabernet qualities and fine tannins washed over with a core of port like rich flavors. Very much enjoyed with friends. — a month ago
Opened too early, but great promise, try in a couple years again. — 5 months ago
On a hot sunny Sunday noon in Singapore, this deep maroon coloured, chocolatey flavoured grape smelling，plumy sweet corn lasting wine, went super well with home made carbonara with truffle oil and baked portobello covered with cheesy deep fried bacon bits. Not any other day during this Covid-19 period. Keep safe! — a year ago
Outstanding. Nearly opaque garnet. Nose is beautiful; Violets, roses, candied plum, chocolate, and cherries
Full bodied and coats the tongue thoroughly but somehow pulls off delicacy. Starts with fine tannins, then chocolate covered cherries. Lots of layers. Long finish. Yea for noon on Saturday! — 2 years ago
My first impression of the just released 2018 Zinfandel. Due to climate related issues, overall Zinfandel production was down in 2018 but regardless, Rafanelli only bottles about half of what they produce with the remainder being sold off to others. Some Petite Sirah (13%) made it into the final blend. Being so young, I opened the bottle around noon and poured it into a decanter with intentions to drink later in the evening. By dinner, this was more open and ready to enjoy. Obviously primary with loads of powerful bramble fruit, pepper, red rope licorice and baking spices. I absolutely love the balance. The acid that Rafanelli achieves in their Zinfandel always seems to bring a smile to my face; so much lift which balances the lush fruit giving an impression of freshness. Long, very satisfying finish. The tannins are pretty steep right now and they seemed to build as time went on. I expect this will be a vintage that can age very well. 18mos in a combination of new, 1-year and 2-year old French oak barrels. 6,500 cases were made. — a year ago
Tasted blind, from magnum. Light to medium gold, heavy in the glass. Wow! nose. Notes of citrus and spearmint, wet stone, lemon creme. Later in the night, some peach, pear, vanilla, iodine and limestone show up with the spearmint constant and pleasant to the nose. Massive acidity. With so much mint, I guess 89 Ramonet BBM (but alas I should have picked up this is the full Monty!). Opened and decanted at noon we're told... at 9pm this was just hitting it's stride. I've had Leflaive Montrachet, Raveneau Clos and Coche CC from great years, and this is right up there in the top white's I've ever had. What a treat!! (M's 60th bday 2nd of 14) — a month ago
Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃🍽
Not in love with the style. Glad it was only $55-$60. We’ll see if it pairs better.
For my palate, there is a lot of funk here. The extraction is much more than I prefer.
The fruits are ruby, ripe, tart, somewhat sour; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, black cherries, blueberries cranberries & pomegranate. Edgy, grey volcanics, moist forest floor, cinnamon to stick, nutmeg, pronounced clove, dark spice, tree sap with bark, dry crushed rocks, eucalyptus, mid herbaceous-sage leafing with fresh, withering & candied florals of; dark, red, purple, blue framed lavender. The acidity is ok. The finish just doesn’t seem right to me. The bottles not corked or off. Just not my style or a very off vintage for them. It also shows elevated alcohol burn.
Can’t say the turkey made it better...did get a little better with my homemade cranberry sauce.
This did come around a bit after nearly 5 hours in the decanter, 9.0 to 9.1. Who thought I should have started decanting it at noon. — 7 months ago
Because everyone should drink port before noon on a Sunday, that's why. And a nice one this is. Pleasant thick dark fruit up front, Sweet Mother Alcohol coming through to remind you you're about to be on the impaired side of the equation. A good lingering of dark fruit finishes things off well. — 2 years ago