Red

2003 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel

Zinfandel

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Dry Creek Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 56

  • Oenecnist wrote:

    October 7, 2018 - We three couples shared this when one decided to cull their cellar and offered "free wine"; everyone had a 4+ oz pour. I expect the owner paid the A Raf list price; discounts are rare, and bargains are probably from auctions or the rare non-winery closeout somewhere. Decanted, but I did not see the sediment. Off-bright dark purple with hint of amber, rich full mature berry nose, full bodied with somewhat muted fruit and very good mouthfeel; might have started decline, but it was tasty. A good example that supports A Raff's solid reputation. I believe that this was stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement, probably since purchase during an annual visit to Dry Creek Valley. My evaluation: I've stopped giving scores on a "100-point scale" as I've become less convinced that they can be meaningful to others. I use a 4-category scale (perhaps with +/-)--not including flawed--which runs outstanding/notable/drinkable/poor. I considered this notable when considering quality, age, and price.

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  • rossi.wine wrote:

    July 3, 2017 - Very dark in colour. Blue/blackberries, spices on the nose, very concentrated and rich. On the palate powerful and dense. The alcohol is sticking out a little, but overall very well balanced. Good length. Drink or keep. 91-93

  • raiderwes wrote: 94 points

    July 28, 2016 - still drinking well; drink within the next 2 years; smooth; typical Rafanelli.

  • Charno wrote: 94 points

    November 30, 2015 - We drank with turkey leftovers - wine went from slightly over the hill to "not even close"! It was magnificent.

  • redman65 wrote: 95 points

    May 24, 2014 - Full bodied, spicy, blackberry. Amazing wine. Still great an hour after opening. All the guests at our party that drank this wine thought it was amazing!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 496 (41%)
  • Consumed 728 (59%)

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