2017 A. Rafanelli Merlot
4 bottle limit per order
This deliciously crafted wine shows off a wonderful bouquet of black cherry, currant, fig, and black olive. A hint of raw molasses with clove flirt with your palate, leading to a plush well rounded finish that makes it hard to resist that second bottle!
A record rainfall ended our drought and brought huge relief to both farmers and vines! Summer gave us above average temperatures but we saw a cooler and foggy August slow down the vines and extend hang time. Then on August 26th a long heat wave set in with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees for 12 days. The Merlot vines adapted by conserving energy and waiting for cooler weather before continuing to ripen. This extended hang time allowed for flavors to fully develop.
The wine is aged for twenty two months in both new and one year old Traditional Chateau French oak barrels.
September 25th– 29th
20% Cabernet Sauvignon