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Date Printed: 4/19/2015
A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
(search item no. 100012)
boutique wine

PRICE ON 4/19/2015: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A. Rafanelli is a legendary Dry Creek Valley Vintner. Their production is highly allocated between their mailing list customers, and long standing restaurant accounts. A few cases also make it to distributors and retailers, most of which also have long relationships with the winery. They make a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Merlot, but Zinfandel is their calling card. Their Zinfandel is pretty much the benchmark for this variety, and put Dry Dreek Zinfandel on the map.

This is a classically styled, well balanced Zinfandel that has excellent structure and good acidity. Unique among most Zinfandels, this is a wine that is built to age - impeccable balance.

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About 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 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.