Monday, September 04, 2006

A. Rafenelli


The A. Rafanelli wine company is a family owned and operated winery that focuses on producing small quantities of extraordinary wine. Located in the hills of prime Sonoma wine country the winery and vineyards overlook the Dry Creek Valley. The winery is now run by 4th generation Rafanellis but still upholds traditional winemaking practices to ensure the world-class quality of their wines. A. Rafanelli specializes in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

This is a dark wine that opens with a warm crimson tone and a full black fruit nose with vanilla notes. On the palate dark fruits and herb are complemented by hints of vanilla and raspberry undertones. The wine is full and balanced with a soft tannin and good acid structure. Long on the finish with continuing hints of cabernet fruits lingering.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

This is a classic Cabernet with bursting decadent aromas and flavors. A purple, plum hue pours into the glass and rising notes of currants, black cherries and berries are layered with hints of warm chocolate. On the palate this wine is sweet and heavy with milk chocolate and black fruits. This wine possesses refined A. Rafanelli style with a lingering velvet texture and a flavorsome fruit finish.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

The 2000 bottle is delightfully youthful and expressive. A rich nose of juicy red fruits, cherries, pine and spice rise from the glass and flow onto the palate. The mouth is teased with cassis, blueberries, cedar and a silky sweet converging of aroma and flavor. This is an opulent, free flowing wine with a nice balance and a unique spark on the finish.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This is a powerful, lush wine with a deep ruby glow and a ripe nose of fresh dark berries and black cherry. The wine overwhelms the palate with heavy flowing texture and layers of flavor. Heavy fruit concentration dominates the mouth with hints of black pepper and camphor lingering on the palate. This is a chewy wine that will mature gracefully.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

This is a dark brooding wine with an inky plum tone and intense depth of flavor and aroma. The nose rises sensually with notes of black and red fruits and a sweeping undertone of earth. The palate is full with complex flavors of cassis, chocolate and cookies layered with smoky cigar and fresh mint. This vintage perfectly melds fruit and acid components with supple tannins. This wine is sweet and exotic and will further develop with age.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

This year’s wine possesses a purple hue and a delicate nose of sweet raspberries. Layers of spice and acid reveal in the bouquet and flow sensually onto the palate. The mouth is filled with warmth and density with persistent red berry, cherries and raspberry flavors accompanied by an underlying note of tealeaves. The finish is full of fruit and a subtle touch of spice.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

This wine opens up with a fresh fruit concentration on the nose and a rising spicy core. Raspberries explode in the bouquet with notes of spice and earth complementing the fruit sensations. On the palate spicy sweet red fruits are coupled with a mouth filling texture and a warm infusion of dusty earth.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

This bottle is a fine example of a classic Italian Cabernet. Soft purple glowing tones with an opulent red rim and the sweet rising aroma of berries. The palate is rich with well-balanced acid and fruit components and full flowing silk texture. Layer upon layer of berry fruits dance over the palate and continue to impress throughout the finish, with an underlying oak integration completing the bottle.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

The 91 one bottle is especially dark and decadent with a steely deep plum tone and an explosive nose. Traditional berry fruits rise from the glass with complements of leather, lead pencil and iron revealing in the bouquet. On the mouth this wine is soft and seductive with flowing notes of red fruit and subtle spice on the finish.

A.Rafanelli Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

This is a graceful refined wine with a depth and intensity that ignites the senses. The nose is filled with notes of earth, layers of smoke and dark berries, cherries and plum. These aromas simply slide onto the palate deepening and developing with fruit notes filling the mouth. This is a finely balanced wine with a lengthy fruit and spice finish.