A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.2754 ratings
9.1116 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
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
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
Ryan Wofford

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

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

1 person found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2018
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