Patrimonio translates from the Italian as Legacy or Heritage. The label of Patrimonio is of the father of Jay, Barbara and Tina Raffaldini. The wine is crafted in an older world style, more similar to the wonderful Napa style Cabernets made by Italian pioneering wine making families who settled in California over a century ago. The wine is quite complex and brooding with earthy dusty aromatics and refined tannins that will gradually evolve over the next ten to fifteen years. This blend of Sagrantino, Montepulciano and Petit Verdot relies heavily on the Appassimento drying process and comes from our best vineyard blocks. It is the highest expression of all that we do at Raffaldini Vineyards and is only made when all of our stars align.
The flight of the Bumble Bee defies 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.
Prior Vintages of Grande Riserva have received:
97 Points, Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend: 2019 SF Wine Competition
92 Points: James Suckling
Sagrantino is one of the rarest grapes in the world with almost 95% of the 2000 acres planted being located in the Province of Umbria and around the town of Montefalco, Sagrantino flourishes on our property and when the grapes arrive to the winery they are brimming with mouth drying tannins. We further accentuate the bigness of the wine by also utilizing the Appassimento drying process to create a savory, drying and earthy full bodied wine in the traditional Umbrian style. This wine is not for the faint of heart.
2023 Critics Challenge - International Wine and Spirits Competition
2021 Sagrantino - 94 points – Platinum
Our largest planting on the property this grapes hails from the Province of Abruzzo which lies east of Rome. The Montepulciano grape tends to make wine that are most similar in profile to Merlot – juicy with ripe and rich fruit framed by lively acidity and soft tannins. Tending to prefer a more complex style made near the city of Chieti, we also put some of these grapes through the Appassimento drying process while also co fermenting these grapes with some Sagrantino and Petit Verdot.
“Mezzogiorno” means Mid-Day in Italian. It also used to describe that part of Italy that is south of Rome all the way to the end of the Italian peninsula. In the Mezzogiorno time moves at a much slower pace, particularly around midday, due to the intense sunshine and blazing heat. Wines from the Mezzogiorno are made rustically yet are very full bodied with dark fruits and balanced tannins. Our Mezzogiorno is made from a blend of Tannant, Petit Verdot and Montepulciano. Within our big red profile it comes after Sangiovese but before Montepulciano and Sagrantino.
Sangiovese is the grape used to make Chianti and is notoriously difficult to grapes in climates that are not arid. Taking care of this grape is a labor of love and our plantings (lead by a clone called Vino Nobile) produces sensual and soft wines with beautiful aromatics and balance. We also put some of these grapes through the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate their structure. Finally we use another Italian technique called Ripasso which utilizes grape skins that have been dried for other wines and “repass” the fresh wine over the skins to further deepen the wine.
“Bella Misto” roughly translates from Italian as Beautiful Mix. It is 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 than 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.
Raffaldini rose uses the Brunello clone of our Sangiovese grape to create wines with firm acidity while retaining some of our famous tannins. We modeled our Girasole to be more Italian rather than French in style along the lines of the roses that are consumed widely in the southern part of Italy during the hot summer months. We make this wine to pair with a wide array of food rather than as a back porch sipper and accordingly it is bone dry.
Our largest white planting this is our signature grape which we make in two distinctly different styles (the other being Desaria). Our Vermentino is made similar to the wine commonly found in the Italian island of Sardinia with its beautiful minerality and saline features which reminds drinkers of Mediterranean summers. Vermentino grows effortlessly on our property and when it arrives at the winery there is little winemaker intervention that takes place. It is simply a lovely wine that thrives here.
Our Desaria uses the Vermentino grape but unlike the minimal intervention of the other way we make Vermentino this wine is the opposite in every way. Some of the Vermentino fruit is placed through the Appassimento drying process, some are aged in oak and some are fermented in big oak bottis. This style of big whites was much more common during a period in history that predates the Roman Empire and was frequently championed by the Etruscans.
Auguri, This common toast translates from Italian, as "To Your Health and Happiness!". Eschewing the easier method of fermentation in the tank, we chose to ferment each bottle one at a time. This traditional method is extremely laborious but produces the highest quality of wine and it is frequently compared to Franciacorta, the highest end of Italian-style Champagne, produced in the Province of Lombardy, home of the Raffaldini Family.
After the glass is poured, the sound of bubbles fizzing alongside the smell of sliced green apples opens your sense. As the bubbles pop across your palate, flavors begin to explode with a rush of apple, pear, and lime. The finish highlights a minerality of crushed slate and hints of tarragon.
La Dolce Vita (translates from the Italian as The Sweet Life) is our version of the widely popular Italian sweet wine called Moscato and is the only sweet wine we make. What makes La Dolce Vita so lovely is the aromatic profile of flowers is supported by acidity and sparkling bubbles to balance the sweetness of the wine while retaining freshness. Best served chilled it is a delightful wine designed to pair with dry cheeses and fruit or as a standalone when simply having relaxing moments.
The quintessential dessert wine to go with food eaten that is not overly sweet like cheeses, dried fruits, cantucci and nuts. Made in a style that is part like Port but also part like Recioto from Valpolicella but distinctly Raffaldini. We pick Sagrantino and Petit Verdot and put them through the Appassimento drying process to make a delicious end of meal libation.
This extra virgin olive oil has an intense green fruity nose of a fresh tomato leaf. The bitterness of tomato berry and slightly intense arugula stands out in the taste, with a short persistence that fades to grassy notes, then leaving room to a very pleasant spiciness of chili pepper.