The flight of the Bumble Bee defines physics- their wings are too small and don't flap fast enough to support their weight. Yet somehow, through the sheer force of their will and determination, they fly. Given the nearly impossible climate conditions we have here, we should not make a wine this wonderful, yet we do. Raffaldini Grande Riserva our Flagship is our Bumble Bee wine. Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness are triple-sorted and then dried heavily using the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes natural flavors and aromas.
Available for purchase June, 13.
Prior Vintages of Grande Riserva have received:
97 Points, Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend: 2019 SF Wine Competition
This Fourth vintage of a special project between friends and winemakers JW Ray of Jolo Winery and Jay Raffaldini of Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. This special wine is limited to 48 case production and only available at Raffaldini while supplies last. This wine features the hearty Montepulciano grape grown at Raffaldini Vineyards skillfully blended with Norton grape from JOLO, a spectacularly fruit-forward and smooth component to the wine.
"This Montepulciano has an eat balance of supple tannins, generous cherries and lively acidity. A flexible food wine with plenty of appeal. Drink Now." - James Suckling, 90 pts.
Montepulciano Riserva is sourced exclusively from our ouldest and highest altitude vineyard block. Our Montepulciano clusters are sorted three times prior to Appassimento, the traditional Italian method of drying fruit, and fermentation. This laborious technique creates an opaque, full-bodied Montepulciano of unparalleled structure, character, and aging potential. This exclusive wine incorporates the ancient Italian technique of Appassimento. Raffaldini Vineyards' Montepulciano Riserva is intensified with the grape's inherent plum fruit and savory spice flavors resulting in a profound wine that is sure to please the red wine drinker's palate.
II Falco translates from the Italian as "The Falcon", a play on Montefalco (Falco Mountain) where Sagrantino hails. It is one of the rarest grapes in the world with less than two thousand acres planted worldwide. Our Sagrantino-based blend is deeply structured with volume, tannin, acidity and waves of flavor that build on the palate over the course of drinking a glass. Sagrantino responds well to our Appassimento drying technique, displaying concentrated flavors of dried plumbs, dried cherries, currant savory characteristics reminiscent of pipe tobacco. This earthy varietal is blended with Montepulciano and Petit Verdot to bring juicy fruit character to this complex and full-bodied wine. Sagrantino is an extraordinarily tannic red grape capable of making wines of immense power and structure easily aging for decades. This dry red is not for the faint of heart and demands the most chewy red meat (like deer, wild boar and steak) be eaten when this wine is enjoyed.
SPQR is the abbreviation of Senates Populous Que Romanus which translates from the Latin as the Senate and the People of Rome.
The weather in 2018 was so excessively rainy and cloudy that our Sangiovese did not achieve the desired ripeness that we usually achieve. As such we chose to increase our bleding components of Montepulciano and Petit Verdot to over 25%. The resulting blend is delicious as the nose begins with a blast of rich, dark berry fruit then subtly followed by notes of dried cherries and cranberries. On the palate, resulting in a long, lingering finish. Initially, the wine shows the classic chalky tannin structure of rustic Sangiovese, which will compliment food nicely, and mellows with time to breathe.
Bella Misto, roughly translates from the Italians as "Beautiful Mix" Our proprietary blend of estate red varietals. Each year we carefully craft a high-quality, consistent wine that highlights the unique character and soils of our vineyard, balancing the best attributes of our red grapes to create a whole greater that the sum of its parts. As attendees of our Assemblaggio events know, blending grapes tend to produce a more balanced wine and this is no exception.
As, always, this years Bella is no different than it's predecessors and will certainly be a real crowd-pleaser. Dark berry fruits of black and blue berries fill the nose with a nice spicy, almost peppery note at the end. This wine has many layers due to complex nature of each of the four varieties blended together and they slowly ravel themselves given time to breathe. On the palate, the wine has an excellent entry as it coats the mouth and rolls into mid-palate with a hint of creaminess. The addition of a small percentage of new oak adds layers of smoky oak which combine with its acidic backbone to form the core of this wine that will enable to age for 3-5 years.
Meditazione is our version of a traditional Italian Digestivo, a wine enjoyed at the end of a meal that invites discussion, contemplation and reflection among friends and self. Our Meditazione is made entirely from 100% Appassimento dried fruit which includes Sagrantino, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdot. This port style wine has a deep, ruby and tawny color. The flavors of raisin and fig dominate with hints of baking spices that enhance it's long supple finish.
Auguri is a common toast in Italy meaning “to your health and happiness” though please remember in Italy it is bad luck to click your glasses. With our version of Prosecco the Raffaldini Auguri is individually made in each bottle at a time like with Champagne rather than in mass produced pressurized stainless steel tanks which in our opinion make boring sparkling wines. Lively bubbles greet the palate followed by thirst-quenching acidity carrying hints of green apple, honeysuckle and mineral aromas. Auguri goes with every food imaginable owing to it’s acidity and neutral tannic profile.
"The 2019 Vermentino Superiore, made from our signature white grape, reflects the best of what our estate vineyard has to offer utilizing minimal intervention from our winemaker. This hands-off approach is built around whole cluster pressed juice fermented in stainless steel to bring forth the citrus and tropical aspects of the grape while maintaining its refreshing, natural acidity. It's uniquie mid-palate depth is the result of a small addition of Appassimento, wood-fermented Vermentino.
Paradiso is a rose made using a technique that the French call Pet Nat and Italians call Col Fondo. This is a naturally effervescent, completely dry wine with soft frizzante style bubbles. By using this technique and Sangiovese as the grape it creates an incredibly soft and aromatic wine that refreshes. The technique Col Fondo translates from the Italian as "on the bottom". This means that yeast sediment is still on the bottom of the bottle and the wine should never be completely poured out. However I do recommend to give the bottle a nice shake up and down prior to opening to integrate the wine just before pouring as it substantially enhances the flavor. For those of you wondering if you rink some of the yeast accidentally it is totally safe and harmless.