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2009 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Zinfandel

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Dry Creek Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 117

  • thesternowl wrote: 94 points

    January 10, 2022 - Birth year wine for my daughter and since we had some family over and I had a couple bottles of this, I figured it might be fun to check in on it. The cork pulled perfectly with a thick cake of sediment on the end but no sign of creep. The wine pours the deepest of ruby colors, bordering purple. The core is completely utterly opaque with moderate staining of the tears. Medium+ viscosity and there is quite a bit of fine sediment clinging to the side of the glass. High intensity on the nose with an enormous amount of ripe fruits: dark cherries, spices and the most charming kiss of Brett giving it a slightly rustic sort of sensibility while remaining unmistakably New World. This just has Rafanelli’s DNA all over it. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin (which is fairly well integrated at this point) and medium+ acid. Drop dead gorgeous fruit, some of it desiccated, confirming the dark cherries with some dark brambles mixed in for good measure along with baking spice, leather, and pipe tobacco. A wonderfully long finish and the texture gorgeous, completely enthralling. This vintage is voluptuous, sexy and real. Ready to drink now however it should drink very well over the next 5-10 years. The last glass was full of fine sediment.

  • raiderwes wrote: 92 points

    December 10, 2021 - drinking well, but probably time to drink up.

  • BoulderWine wrote:

    February 7, 2021 - Another off-flavored bottle. I decided to do some research and came across mention of a possible Brettanomyces ("Brett") issue at Rafanelli from around this time, which I do now recall having read about. If true, this could explain the problems that I've had with several bottles of the Zin from this vintage (2009). It seems to have become more pronounced over time.

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  • neurowine1 wrote:

    July 5, 2020 - Finally got to this after 8 years in the box. While undeniably Californian (of course) there was a bit of restraint here and some nice secondary notes and softness (particularly on day 2). Med-long finish. Still too jammy and ripe for my tastes, but probably about as good as it could get for me with a California Zin.

  • BoulderWine Does not like this wine:

    April 16, 2020 - Same as my last bottle, some weird, sour effervescence to this wine, has to be a flaw. I have a few more bottles from my case that I will sample. I hope they aren't all spoiled like this.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/15/2011 (link) 90 points

    (A. Rafanelli Zinfandel) Dark black red violet color; dried berry, spicy plum, black fruit nose; tart black fruit, mocha, chocolate palate with firm tannins; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish (with about 6% Petite Sirah; 100% French oak, approx. 30% new and 1 and 2 yr old barrels)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer A. Rafanelli
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Dry Creek Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,158 (37%)
  • Consumed 1,934 (62%)

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Community Recommendations

A wonderful zin. My favorite., Cheese appetizers, Pizza

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95% Like It  41 votes

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