Dry Creek Vineyard

A. Rafanelli

Unfiltered Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2006

I pulled this from the cellar on Father’s Day; toasting the year I became a dad. Popped and poured; enjoyed over the course of a couple hours. The 2006 pours a deep ruby color with a near opaque core and a magenta rim; medium+ viscosity with faint staining of the tears and lots of fine sediment. On the nose, the wine is developing with powerful notes of tart dark fruits: brambles, montmornecy cherries, tobacco, dry earth, and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and zippy with tongue smacking acid. The 2006 Rafanelli Zinfandel is in a seriously great spot right now and well stored examples should hold in this position easily through the rest of this decade. Great with pizza. Drink now through 2031+. — 6 days ago

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Dry Creek Vineyard

The Mariner Dry Creek Valley Meritage Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

Ming L

For solid, fairly-priced Bordeaux blends from Napa/Sonoma, the Mariner and BV Tapestry are my picks.
The ‘18 is ripe, dark, and juicy and lots of herbal elements. Supple tannins. Long savory finish.
Should have a good 8-10 years life ahead.
— a month ago

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 1977

With John 05/21/24. Light and balanced — a month ago

A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T

Simply stunning! Especially, for a Sonoma, not a Napa Cabernet. 😳

Follow up AB Cowgirl wine after the Saxum. If ever you thought a Sonoma Cabernet could not stand tall with a great Napa Cabernet, have a well aged good vintage of A. Raf..

4 hour decant.

Still medium plus, round, velvety tannins. Lush, rich, ruby; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, ripe strawberries, hints of heavenly raspberries, plum, dark, rich forest floor w/ dry leaves, steeped fruit tea, mid/dark berry cola, dark, dry Indian/Asian spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon to stick, caramel notes, malt balls, dark chocolate baking bar, black licorice to anise, dry, crushed limestone powder, soft, fresh tobacco, dry, used leather, softened tarry notes, some dry herbs-bay leaf sprinkled with sage, dry crushed rocks/river stone, dry top soil, candied & withering, dark, red, blue flowers framed in violets & lavender, crazy, round, excellent acidity, well structured & balanced for days, elegant, polished and an endless finish. Harmony on the palate.

Find an 07, you’ll thank me later. My highest recommendation for Napa/Sonoma Cabernets.

10-15 years of good drinking left in this 07.
— 24 days ago

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Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

Rafanelli Cabs along with the old Laurel Glen (Patrick Campbell produced) Cabs only Sonoma Cabs that move the needle for me and can stand toe to toe with Napa.
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Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend

Raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, and mint on the nose. — a month ago

Ravines Wine Cellars

Dry Finger Lakes Riesling 2020

These are consistently delicious and an amazing value for the money. Green Apple and stones. Diesel on the nose. Just love them year after year. — 2 months ago

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Dr. Konstantin Frank

Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling 2019

Paul J

This was great! European style Riesling. Petrol on the nose with a great balance between acidity and sweetness. Very well crafted and refined. — 23 days ago

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Hermann J. Wiemer

Estate Grown Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2020

Paul J

Half bottle. Always solid. Didn’t match up against the Konstantin Frank Riesling but was good. See previous notes. — 23 days ago

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Mandolás Tokaji Dry Furmint Blend 2011

Jeremy Shanker

Still fresh even with 13 years in it. Almond skin, lemon rind, white pepper. — a month ago

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