A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Merlot

9.376 ratings
9.113 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Andy Wigginton

This is a Zinfandel, not Merlot. Wonderful! Fun, as Zin should be, but with some serious big boy red profile! Awesome at 15 years but I might not hold too much longer if you have a bottle in your cellar.

This is a Zinfandel, not Merlot. Wonderful! Fun, as Zin should be, but with some serious big boy red profile! Awesome at 15 years but I might not hold too much longer if you have a bottle in your cellar.

Aug 7th, 2017
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.2

In the Rafanelli house style, big and lush with ample oak. That said, this is really nicely integrated, with excellent balance and a ton of herbal complexity. Nice match with a flank steak.

In the Rafanelli house style, big and lush with ample oak. That said, this is really nicely integrated, with excellent balance and a ton of herbal complexity. Nice match with a flank steak.

1 person found it helpfulApr 1st, 2015
Marc Stein

An absolute monster of a wine. Intense, the aromatics, weight, color, finish. 14.8 but has the fruit and acid to hold it. Probably won't come back to the next bottle for at least 7 years.

An absolute monster of a wine. Intense, the aromatics, weight, color, finish. 14.8 but has the fruit and acid to hold it. Probably won't come back to the next bottle for at least 7 years.

Jun 6th, 2017
Kristi Calcagno

One of my favorite Sonoma County producers. Still, this was rough around the edges. Nice subtle fruity nose, woodsy and eucalyptic on the palate. The tannins are dropping off the finish but I think this still has several years to go.

One of my favorite Sonoma County producers. Still, this was rough around the edges. Nice subtle fruity nose, woodsy and eucalyptic on the palate. The tannins are dropping off the finish but I think this still has several years to go.

Jan 16th, 2017
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.1

The heavy oak is already integrating nicely, and this is great and full throated without being syrupy or over-extracted. I think this is a vintage to drink sooner rather than later.

The heavy oak is already integrating nicely, and this is great and full throated without being syrupy or over-extracted. I think this is a vintage to drink sooner rather than later.

Jan 2nd, 2016
Josh Luhn

Luhn Wine Consulting Owner, Luhn Family Wines

9.2

Yes sir.

Yes sir.

Dec 4th, 2015
Drew DiMatteo

@ARafanelliWine is consistently one of best wineries from #DryCreekValley #Merlot

@ARafanelliWine is consistently one of best wineries from #DryCreekValley #Merlot

Jul 6th, 2015
Brash Higgins

2001 merlot, lovely, earthy, bordelaise in style, still evocative, not quite fresh, but a treat

2001 merlot, lovely, earthy, bordelaise in style, still evocative, not quite fresh, but a treat

Jun 5th, 2015
Christopher Strieter

Co-Founder, Senses Wines

8.9

Delicious. Dark fruit with layers but simply enjoyable #wine to drink. First #merlot in a long time...

Delicious. Dark fruit with layers but simply enjoyable #wine to drink. First #merlot in a long time...

Dec 5th, 2014
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.4

Some days I love me a slutty CA harlot. Snuggle up.

Some days I love me a slutty CA harlot. Snuggle up.

Oct 15th, 2014