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A. Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 1994

Member Review by vintagesf:

There are those who feel that zins should only be drunk while young. I generally disagree with this sentiment, considering that the bottle time will mellow out the tannins and generally the fruit holds up. Having said that, 14 years may truly be too long to keep even the best zin. While this wine was not bad, it was definitely on the downslope of life. It was not as vibrant as it was when drunk younger. It still exhibited some complex flavors like violets, they were very subdued. Certainly not a disappointment, just a reminder to keep the cellar up to date.

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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: vintagesf
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3.00 5
01/06/2009

There are those who feel that zins should only be drunk while young. I generally disagree with this sentiment, considering that the bottle time will mellow out the tannins and generally the fruit holds up. Having said that, 14 years may truly be too long to keep even the best zin. While this wine was not bad, it was definitely on the downslope of life. It was not as vibrant as it was when drunk younger. It still exhibited some complex flavors like violets, they were very subdued. Certainly not a disappointment, just a reminder to keep the cellar up to date.




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