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.
Prior Vintages of Grande Riserva have received:
97 Points, Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend: 2019 SF Wine Competition
The Raffaldini 2019 Sangiovese Classico possesses the typical dry, earthy aromas with medium tannins and bountiful acids. On the palate, red fruits linger, and recently a well-known wine sommelier compared this wine to an old-world Chianti from the Greve region in Tuscany. I think this wine is a gem and will draw in many people who crave an approachable red with structure and finesse.
This Sangiovese is a classic red, garnet color. Beautiful and bright, lush red fruit comes out of the glass in the form of bing cherries and cranberries. Followed by a hint of earth, red currant and rhubarb. Sangiovese produces a lovely palate that is hallmarked by slightly chalky tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. The wine is delicious with a balance that is rarely seen in North Carolina wines.
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.
"The 2020 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 unique mid-palate depth is the result of a small addition of Appassimento, wood-fermented Vermentino.
This salmon color rose is made from gently, whole cluster pressed Montepulciano grapes, which brings out notes of watermelon, strawberry, and bubble gum on the nose of this delicious summertime rose wine. A solid acid backbone makes this wine refreshing on the palate as well as pairing well with lighter fare dishes like salads and fish.
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.
This delightful off-dry red is made in the style of Lambrusco wine . The softness on the palate is well balanced by its acidity and structure. This wine is perfect for summertime that needs to be served very chilled.
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.