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    Not sure what to get? Try our new tasting sampler pack that includes the following:

    • 2018 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel (375mL)
    • 2017 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon (375mL)
    • Tasting note cards

     


    2018 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

    Tasting Notes

    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.

    Harvest Notes


    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.

    Harvest Dates
    September 6th – 20th

    Barrel Aging
    The wine is aged for eighteen months in new, one, and two year old French oak barrels.

    Blend
    13% Petite Sirah

    Bottling Date
    March 2020

    Release Date
    May 2020

    Case Production
    6,500

    Available only at the winery and in fine restaurants.

     


    2017 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tasting Notes

    This robust wine has a luscious core of dark stone fruit with a ribbon of vanilla. Extended time in French oak barrels rounds the mouthfeel and gives finesse to the tannins. The sophisticated flavors fan out on the palate as the wine continues to evolve in the glass. This impressive vintage with its resounding finish, will only get better and better with time.

    Harvest Notes

    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. This accelerated the ripening briefly before temperatures cooled back down to normal and allowed a more even finish to the harvest.

    Harvest Dates
    September 9th – 30th

    Barrel Aging
    The wine is aged for twenty two months in new Traditional Chateau French oak barrels.

    Blend
    8.8% Merlot

    Bottling Date
    July 2019

    Release Date
    May 2020

    Case Production
    3,000

    Available only at the winery and in fine restaurants.