A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.235 ratings
9.32 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; consumed over four hours. This was a beautiful wine from the start. Loads of currants and sweet tobacco with some baking spices and graphite in the mix. On the palate there were layers of dark fruits with just the slightest a touch of leather and kalamata olive peeking through. However, this gives an overall impression of being fresh and full of vigor. Tannins are firm yet silky in their delivery. I thought there was adequate acid to give it some lift too. The finish lasts for well over a minute and there is a savory element that is simply beguiling. This is a lovely wine that's drinking so well right now but has the balance and pedigree to suggest it will gracefully see the latter part of the next decade. This bottle was already throwing a good amount of very fine sediment but it's nothing that interferes with the experience.

Popped and poured; consumed over four hours. This was a beautiful wine from the start. Loads of currants and sweet tobacco with some baking spices and graphite in the mix. On the palate there were layers of dark fruits with just the slightest a touch of leather and kalamata olive peeking through. However, this gives an overall impression of being fresh and full of vigor. Tannins are firm yet silky in their delivery. I thought there was adequate acid to give it some lift too. The finish lasts for well over a minute and there is a savory element that is simply beguiling. This is a lovely wine that's drinking so well right now but has the balance and pedigree to suggest it will gracefully see the latter part of the next decade. This bottle was already throwing a good amount of very fine sediment but it's nothing that interferes with the experience.

2 people found it helpfulApr 1st, 2018
Joe Roth

Special!

Special!

Jun 23rd, 2018
Charles Lawrence

Consistently above average...one of the not so hidden secrets of Sonoma Dry Creek region...

Consistently above average...one of the not so hidden secrets of Sonoma Dry Creek region...

Apr 29th, 2018
Corey Long

Señor Howie G...thank you for sharing...

Señor Howie G...thank you for sharing...

Apr 9th, 2018
Jeff Holloman

Solid, ripe and big - a great Zin

Solid, ripe and big - a great Zin

Dec 13th, 2017
Charles Lawrence

This is our go to wine...can’t be beat for the price. A classic Dry Creek, Sonoma County Zin and clearly the head of the class in the region!

This is our go to wine...can’t be beat for the price. A classic Dry Creek, Sonoma County Zin and clearly the head of the class in the region!

Oct 14th, 2017
Zachary Hritz

Huge nose, fantastic color! Well balanced. Huge!

Huge nose, fantastic color! Well balanced. Huge!

Apr 8th, 2017
sky sweet

Love this cab! Drinks like an older wine but is a strong 2013.

Love this cab! Drinks like an older wine but is a strong 2013.

Feb 15th, 2017
Ryan Mayes

Fantastic cool climate Cabernet. Thanks, Robb!

Fantastic cool climate Cabernet. Thanks, Robb!

Feb 12th, 2017
Jody Scharf

Black cherry, Cedar, leather and black pepper dominate this Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice deep color and a wet gravel nose. Enjoy.

Black cherry, Cedar, leather and black pepper dominate this Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice deep color and a wet gravel nose. Enjoy.

Oct 28th, 2016