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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  • A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2004

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    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 cherr... Read More

    Wine review by Maria Valetta


  • A. Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2005

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    Wine review by PhysicsTeacher


  • A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Sonoma Cabernet/Blends 2005

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    Tony Miller in Scottsdale gave us the chance to discover this great wineFrancine and Enrico from Switzerland Read More

    Wine review by Enrico Carmignani


  • A. Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    This is bretty on the nose but it just adds a layer of complexity to the aromatics that express leather, soil, spice, red fruits supported by a bit of VA with top notes of cinnamon, and cooling hints of mint. On the palate this is a bit lean with a hard, taut feel to it. While it shows lots of promise in a nicely extracted style the finish is f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  •  Joel Gott, 2008, California, 14.4% Alc. Clean with a nice oaky streak running through the sweet, and slightly medicinal red fruit and pomegranate inflected nose. This has a gentle vegetal note that works well as a counterpoint to the balanced fruit and oak notes. On the palate this is smooth and balanced with fresh, complex flavors of red berry... Read More

    From the article February 2010 Zinfandel Tasting


  • While I remain enamored with the great wines of California’s past, I am on the fence in regards to what can be called their more modern style first embraced in the very early 1980s. The wines from the 1960s and 1970s were often made by winemakers operating in the field, basing their actions on the accumulated wisdom of the generations that had c... Read More

    From the article 1991 California Cabernet Retrosepctive tasting


  • A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

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    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... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • A. Rafanelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2002

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    Wine review by jirwin


  • A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Still learning about wines, but I recently enjoyed a bottle at Union Square Café and it was absolutely amazing. Read More

    Wine review by potsdam


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