A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.2723 ratings
9.1110 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Ryan Wofford

Deep rich fruit with a good balance. Small production. Lovey stuff!

Deep rich fruit with a good balance. Small production. Lovey stuff!

Feb 9th, 2018
Jay Kline

Painfully young. Baby fat for dayz. Hold for the future.

Painfully young. Baby fat for dayz. Hold for the future.

Nov 26th, 2017
Peter Godoff

Perfect Wine

Perfect Wine

Oct 1st, 2017
Steve Bachmann

I'm not really a Zin drinker but I have this one often at Florio in San Francisco. It's remarkedly "restrained" for its category and well structured. Also "only" 14.7% alcohol which is as low as it gets in CA. A must try.

I'm not really a Zin drinker but I have this one often at Florio in San Francisco. It's remarkedly "restrained" for its category and well structured. Also "only" 14.7% alcohol which is as low as it gets in CA. A must try.

4 people found it helpfulAug 10th, 2014
Dan Michael

Why can't we all make Zinfandel like this? Pure, balanced, herbaceous, but most of all, light on the palate, great acidity, structure. This is one worth seeking out. Perfect with the Lamb Flatbread and Hummus.

Why can't we all make Zinfandel like this? Pure, balanced, herbaceous, but most of all, light on the palate, great acidity, structure. This is one worth seeking out. Perfect with the Lamb Flatbread and Hummus.

3 people found it helpfulNov 27th, 2016
Lori Mike

Pours berry in color. ON THE NOSE: blackberry, earth, eucalyptus and spice. ON THE PALATE: blackberry with a hint of sweet Jam. Medium body and medium finish. This is not an in your face #zinfandel not big and bold.

Pours berry in color. ON THE NOSE: blackberry, earth, eucalyptus and spice. ON THE PALATE: blackberry with a hint of sweet Jam. Medium body and medium finish. This is not an in your face #zinfandel not big and bold.

2 people found it helpfulDec 18th, 2015
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; consumed over four hours. Needed some time to open but already entering a much better, more pleasant place than when these were released. The nose is loaded with fresh brambles and underbrush. After about three hours of air, it also added a sort of spiced meat element. Lip smacking dark forest fruits on the palate. Wonderful balance. This is my sort of Zinfandel. Still a young pup...the future is bright for these. Drink now with a long decant or hold. Best after 2019.

Popped and poured; consumed over four hours. Needed some time to open but already entering a much better, more pleasant place than when these were released. The nose is loaded with fresh brambles and underbrush. After about three hours of air, it also added a sort of spiced meat element. Lip smacking dark forest fruits on the palate. Wonderful balance. This is my sort of Zinfandel. Still a young pup...the future is bright for these. Drink now with a long decant or hold. Best after 2019.

1 person found it helpfulJan 28th, 2018
Jay Kline

Popped and poured. This was opened on a night where there was stiff competition from the Old World (Ferrando Carema and Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco). While it was an obvious outlier, it held its own just fine. Abundant Zinfandel fruit in a slightly more restrained style with enough nuance to keep someone interested in a night of wines that dominated in the nuance and structure department. All that being said, it sure was a nice wine to end on. The 2012's are drinking well at this point but I still think these will be better with a couple more years in the cellar.

Popped and poured. This was opened on a night where there was stiff competition from the Old World (Ferrando Carema and Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco). While it was an obvious outlier, it held its own just fine. Abundant Zinfandel fruit in a slightly more restrained style with enough nuance to keep someone interested in a night of wines that dominated in the nuance and structure department. All that being said, it sure was a nice wine to end on. The 2012's are drinking well at this point but I still think these will be better with a couple more years in the cellar.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2017
Darren Dittrich

Finally... the 2013s are ready to drink. Perfect acidity and balance, great with food. Restrained, age-worthy. 14.7% ABV

Finally... the 2013s are ready to drink. Perfect acidity and balance, great with food. Restrained, age-worthy. 14.7% ABV

1 person found it helpfulMay 1st, 2017
Joe Balerdi

Best Zin I have ever drank

Best Zin I have ever drank

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2017