A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.2851 ratings
9.1139 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
Tobin Trevarthen

A big berry jammy spectacle in my glass. Black fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and olioberry. Don’t remember ever having a bad Rafanelli.

A big berry jammy spectacle in my glass. Black fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and olioberry. Don’t remember ever having a bad Rafanelli.

Jun 28th, 2019
Jay Kline

Again, a kiss of Brettanomyces found in the 2011 Zinfandel...and I’m okay with it. Cherries and earth. Totally refreshing in a world of massive Zinfandel. Really good, but not their best.

Again, a kiss of Brettanomyces found in the 2011 Zinfandel...and I’m okay with it. Cherries and earth. Totally refreshing in a world of massive Zinfandel. Really good, but not their best.

May 1st, 2019
Jay Kline

Always fun to try them when they’re fresh. The 2017 Zinfandel is bursting with capricious blue, black and red fruits with baking spices and a kiss of vanilla. In fact, this smells a bit like a fresh sleeve of blueberry fig newtons. Try it and tell me I’m wrong. As usual, these will be more interesting after a few years in the cellar.

Always fun to try them when they’re fresh. The 2017 Zinfandel is bursting with capricious blue, black and red fruits with baking spices and a kiss of vanilla. In fact, this smells a bit like a fresh sleeve of blueberry fig newtons. Try it and tell me I’m wrong. As usual, these will be more interesting after a few years in the cellar.

Apr 21st, 2019
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.3

This is the SONOMA County Zinfandel that is the standard. Luscious cherry, coffee, cola, cinnamon and wild-herb notes. Sleek tannins.

This is the SONOMA County Zinfandel that is the standard. Luscious cherry, coffee, cola, cinnamon and wild-herb notes. Sleek tannins.

Mar 23rd, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

A well constructed wine. Great balance. Robust mouth feel, with blackberry jam and beautiful finish.

A well constructed wine. Great balance. Robust mouth feel, with blackberry jam and beautiful finish.

Feb 25th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Aged beautifully. Smooth finish. Held your imagination with still bold fruit.

Aged beautifully. Smooth finish. Held your imagination with still bold fruit.

Jul 4th, 2018
Jay Kline

Slow-ox’d for about 90 minutes. Drank alongside the 2015. The 2016 is more dark fruit dominant with a pleasant streak of black pepper, baking spices and vanilla. A lovely spine of acid and tannin. Both vintages are young but this is textbook Rafanelli and should age gracefully.

Slow-ox’d for about 90 minutes. Drank alongside the 2015. The 2016 is more dark fruit dominant with a pleasant streak of black pepper, baking spices and vanilla. A lovely spine of acid and tannin. Both vintages are young but this is textbook Rafanelli and should age gracefully.

May 10th, 2018
Jay Kline

Slow-ox’d for about 90 minutes. Drank alongside the 2016. The 2015 is red fruit dominant with some vanilla and baking spice and while it’s undeniably high quality, it’s not showing the layered complexity the 2016 possesses.

Slow-ox’d for about 90 minutes. Drank alongside the 2016. The 2015 is red fruit dominant with some vanilla and baking spice and while it’s undeniably high quality, it’s not showing the layered complexity the 2016 possesses.

May 10th, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

Smooth. Fig meets cab. Bold bing cherry.

Smooth. Fig meets cab. Bold bing cherry.

Jan 28th, 2018
Ellen Clifford

K, this rating is certainly biased by my past experience with A. Rafanelli which has been amazing. Unless you want to open 2015 and allow to sit a couple days...wait! This is too young to be opened which makes me grateful I have another bottle I’ll crack open in, say, a year or so and it’ll be perfect out of the bottle. That said I tasted this day by day for three days and it just kept improving. If you open too young give it TIME. In youth it needs some time but once it has time? Hot damn. The tannins, alcohol, acid and fruit are in equal balance three days in...now. Wait two years and it may be extraordinary out of the bottle.

K, this rating is certainly biased by my past experience with A. Rafanelli which has been amazing. Unless you want to open 2015 and allow to sit a couple days...wait! This is too young to be opened which makes me grateful I have another bottle I’ll crack open in, say, a year or so and it’ll be perfect out of the bottle. That said I tasted this day by day for three days and it just kept improving. If you open too young give it TIME. In youth it needs some time but once it has time? Hot damn. The tannins, alcohol, acid and fruit are in equal balance three days in...now. Wait two years and it may be extraordinary out of the bottle.

Dec 23rd, 2017