A. Rafanelli

(707) 433-1385 4685 W Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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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. – Description from Marcus

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • OK, feeling much better since our experience with the corked Adrian Fog.  This cab from Rafanelli brought back some cool memories of our tasting with one of the daughters (Stacy) and then a great conversation afterward with her father about grape growing, wine making and those damn coyotes.  This '06 cab is wonderful, lush, fresh and fruity with... Read More

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  • A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    I was very concerned when I opened this and the cork split halfway - usually a very bad sign. Poured through the vinturi with the strainer and let breathe for a short period. Well, dodged the bullet, this is phenomenal cab with lots of layers, plenty of dark red fruit, black cherry, ripe plum, very nice acidity and fine grained tannins. Very h... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

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  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

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  • Hey Fox, Project Zin looks like a winner. Why didnt you talk about it sooner when I had money? ;) PARTICIPATING WINEMAKERSA. Rafanelli WineryAmapola CreekArmidaBedrock Wine Co.BeekeeperCarlisle Winery & VineyardsDry Creek VineyardLimerick Lane CellarsMartinelli WineryMauritson Family WineryQuivira Vineyards and WineryRavenswood WineryRidge Viney... Read More

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  • I just received notification from Bedrock that I might have the opportunity to buy some of their new release and, thus, be elevated to full e-mail membership.  So, I am wondering if you have any recommendations on the following that I may request.  My gut feeling is that the most attractive wines might be the ones with the lower bottle limits:De... Read More

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  • A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Excellent paired with lamb. Read More

    Wine review by colinbes


  • Based on Jon Derry's wishlist I took a moment to think of the, relatively, few California Cabernets I look forward to tasting each year and potentially adding to my cellar. I was almost totally turned off of California Cabernet in the late 1990s and early 200s, but there continue to be some pretty fine wines made, and most are affordably priced,... Read More

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  • Klinker Zinfandel 2007

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    Delicious! The essence of Zinfandel. Beats all of the more expensive Zins I've tasted. Except Rafanelli. If you can still get the 2007 Lodi, you've got a steal at a price below $ 16 bucks. Read More

    Wine review by Stan131


  • A. Rafanelli Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by johniv


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