2018 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel
6 bottle limit per order
A benchmark vintage! Expressive of both its terroir and microclimate, it is well balanced with ripe brambly fruit. The notes of raspberry and blackberry with hints of anise capture your attention, while the seamless finish leaves your palate craving more. The perfect wine to take on a picnic.
The year started with a dry winter leading into a hotter than normal summer. Veraison was slower than usual which delayed fruit thinning. We managed our yields to three tons to the acre, but smaller berry size and lighter clusters kept overall Zinfandel production less than average. The cooler summer nights kept acidities up and the fruit balanced. Moderate temperatures during harvest allowed for optimal even ripening.
September 6th – 20th
The wine is aged for eighteen months in new, one, and two year old French oak barrels.
13% Petite Sirah
Available only at the winery and in fine restaurants.