A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.257 ratings
9.210 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
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.

4 people found it helpfulNov 27th, 2016
Jay Kline

Popped and poured. Judging from this bottle and a few others that I have had the pleasure to try, I would have to say these 2014's are already in outstanding form. If there is a single word that best describes this vintage of Rafanelli's Zinfandel, it has got to be "balance". I mean, everything seems to be in the right place and in the right amounts. I think these are going to be very fun to drink over the next 10-15 years and I'm looking forward to their evolution. Drink now or Hold.

Popped and poured. Judging from this bottle and a few others that I have had the pleasure to try, I would have to say these 2014's are already in outstanding form. If there is a single word that best describes this vintage of Rafanelli's Zinfandel, it has got to be "balance". I mean, everything seems to be in the right place and in the right amounts. I think these are going to be very fun to drink over the next 10-15 years and I'm looking forward to their evolution. Drink now or Hold.

2 people found it helpfulApr 5th, 2017
Jay Kline

This is in such a killer place right now. In my mind, this bottle proves what Zinfandel is capable of. I detect a small touch of Brett but only just. Anyway, it works whether intended or not. This example is not your jammy-style of Zinfandel.

This is in such a killer place right now. In my mind, this bottle proves what Zinfandel is capable of. I detect a small touch of Brett but only just. Anyway, it works whether intended or not. This example is not your jammy-style of Zinfandel.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 8th, 2019
Ed Lehrman

Very tasty, especially the second bottle!

Very tasty, especially the second bottle!

Mar 5th, 2017
Jay Kline

Outstanding...and more more to come.

Outstanding...and more more to come.

Nov 22nd, 2016
Jay Kline

Young

Young

Oct 24th, 2016
Brooks Burgum

Beautiful bottle shared at the in laws over some salmon. Alberto started something nice in Healdsburg.

Beautiful bottle shared at the in laws over some salmon. Alberto started something nice in Healdsburg.

Jul 14th, 2019
Charlie Tapp

Bramble and baking spice with a hint of smoke.

Bramble and baking spice with a hint of smoke.

Dec 25th, 2018
Jody Scharf

When I think Zin I think Raffi. Full body

When I think Zin I think Raffi. Full body

Nov 23rd, 2018
Brandon Boesch

One of my favorite zins . Fruit but acid to balance. Gorgeous!

One of my favorite zins . Fruit but acid to balance. Gorgeous!

Nov 23rd, 2018