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A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This smells chunky and full with a lovely sweetness to the fruit that gains floral accents and hints of mint, though the wood aromas do become more assertive as it sits in the glass. On the palate this begins as dark and earthy but quickly blossoms to reveal a core of rich, chunky, dark cherry and blackberry fruit. There is good acid here and a fair amount of tannin too but everything remains in balance and the fruit, though it is a bit monolithic, ultimately retains the upper hand. The finish is long with hints of eucalyptus and wood spice contributing complexity. This is delicious and probably as good as it’s going to get. It’s a gutsy, old style Cabernet that’s packed full of fruit but I do not get the sense that it’s going to develop into a particularly complex wine and my best guess is that the structure here will win out over the fruit sooner rather than later. But for today and the next 3-5 years it’s a winner. 92pts

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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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Editorial Reviews for A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,875
4.50 5
01/26/2010

This smells chunky and full with a lovely sweetness to the fruit that gains floral accents and hints of mint, though the wood aromas do become more assertive as it sits in the glass. On the palate this begins as dark and earthy but quickly blossoms to reveal a core of rich, chunky, dark cherry and blackberry fruit. There is good acid here and a fair amount of tannin too but everything remains in balance and the fruit, though it is a bit monolithic, ultimately retains the upper hand. The finish is long with hints of eucalyptus and wood spice contributing complexity. This is delicious and probably as good as it’s going to get. It’s a gutsy, old style Cabernet that’s packed full of fruit but I do not get the sense that it’s going to develop into a particularly complex wine and my best guess is that the structure here will win out over the fruit sooner rather than later. But for today and the next 3-5 years it’s a winner. 92pts



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