A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2004

Member Review by Maria Valetta:

A ruby center fading to a pale rouge watery edge, lush blackberries and eucalyptus on the nose along with cinnamon, cedar, lilac and spicy green pepper, perhaps more like jalapeno. Supple at first, but then the tannins evolve, gripping the tongue in a seductive way yet not so overpowering that you resist. Spicy cinnamon, cola, port soaked cherries, stewed plums, and toffee all make an appearance in the flavor of this beautifully crafted wine. A nutty, graphite finish lingers lengthily on the inside of the cheeks. The complexity of this wine is outstanding, and could easily age for another 8-10 years, when it’s guaranteed to develop those intense secondary flavors. This family-run winery has some of the oldest grape vines in the area, and produces it’s wine in old school format – a rustic big old barn. Now that’s cool! Available only at the Winery or on fancy restaurant wine lists, so you may just want to stop in for a tour of the winery on your next trip to Sonoma. It’s worth the trip; just make sure to bring an empty suitcase to cart your wine back home with you. -Maria Valetta

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A. Rafanelli:
The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley. Our winery is small and family operated. Our focus has always been on quality over quantity. At A. Rafanelli Winery, we work hard at maintaining a tradition of producing premium grapes and handcrafting world class wines. We believe that the wines are first made in the vineyard and... Read more
The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley. Our winery is small and family operated. Our focus has always been on quality over quantity. At A. Rafanelli Winery, we work hard at maintaining a tradition of producing premium grapes and handcrafting world class wines. We believe that the wines are first made in the vineyard and then achieve their maximum potential through traditional winemaking practices such as open top fermentation and non-filtration. Our quaint and rustic winery sits on a knoll overlooking the scenic Dry Creek Valley and is surrounded by some of our terraced hillside vineyards. The winery consistently specializes in some of the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Our wines are not available in any retail outlets, they can only be purchased at the winery. Read less
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Snooth User: Maria Valetta
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5.00 5
04/01/2010

A ruby center fading to a pale rouge watery edge, lush blackberries and eucalyptus on the nose along with cinnamon, cedar, lilac and spicy green pepper, perhaps more like jalapeno. Supple at first, but then the tannins evolve, gripping the tongue in a seductive way yet not so overpowering that you resist. Spicy cinnamon, cola, port soaked cherries, stewed plums, and toffee all make an appearance in the flavor of this beautifully crafted wine. A nutty, graphite finish lingers lengthily on the inside of the cheeks. The complexity of this wine is outstanding, and could easily age for another 8-10 years, when it’s guaranteed to develop those intense secondary flavors. This family-run winery has some of the oldest grape vines in the area, and produces it’s wine in old school format – a rustic big old barn. Now that’s cool! Available only at the Winery or on fancy restaurant wine lists, so you may just want to stop in for a tour of the winery on your next trip to Sonoma. It’s worth the trip; just make sure to bring an empty suitcase to cart your wine back home with you. -Maria Valetta


Snooth User: scmjohns
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4.00 5
09/16/2008

Four glasses




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