A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.354 ratings
9.16 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
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
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
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
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
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
Joe Balerdi

Best Zin I have ever drank

Best Zin I have ever drank

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2017
Raul Puga

Yes I know I should be patient. Yes I know I should wait. This arrived just yesterday and I popped and poured. WOW!!! By far the best most balanced Rafanelli that I've had at release. Delicious fruit. A touch of spice and a great finish. Zins should hope to be this good.

Yes I know I should be patient. Yes I know I should wait. This arrived just yesterday and I popped and poured. WOW!!! By far the best most balanced Rafanelli that I've had at release. Delicious fruit. A touch of spice and a great finish. Zins should hope to be this good.

1 person found it helpfulApr 5th, 2017
Raul Puga

The gift that keeps on giving. Delicious

The gift that keeps on giving. Delicious

Sep 25th, 2019
Ming Liang

It was a treat to taste a Rafanelli Zin as it’s not available through retail and highly allocated from the winery.
For 2015, the fruits were ripe,bright, and simply delicious; the acidity was round; and the tannins were finely grained. Persistent long finish.

It was a treat to taste a Rafanelli Zin as it’s not available through retail and highly allocated from the winery.
For 2015, the fruits were ripe,bright, and simply delicious; the acidity was round; and the tannins were finely grained. Persistent long finish.

Sep 1st, 2019
Charles Lawrence

We found this winery seven years ago and it still one of our favorites. Consistent, predictable and always a lot of character and a lovely finish that’s better as dinner progresses.

We found this winery seven years ago and it still one of our favorites. Consistent, predictable and always a lot of character and a lovely finish that’s better as dinner progresses.

Aug 25th, 2019