Rafael et Fils
Rafael et Fils is a small, artisanal, family wine affair with the purpose to under promise and over deliver in every aspect of how they engage in the world of wine. They are inspired by the elegant, more restrained approach to winemaking, still favored in the Old World. The saying may be oft repeated but they're of the belief that, "wine is made in the vineyard." Thereafter, the hope is to be as non-interventionist and low touch once at the winery. It is a singular focus for them to craft wines of nuance and structure, displaying exquisite depth and concentration, and which can enjoy a long distinguished life.
Today Rafael et Fils produces just around 1,500 total cases of wine each year, while still continuing to farm a significant share of their estate grown fruit to highly reputed Napa wineries. All three wines are 100% varietally true. They harvest when the grapes are full flavored, at balanced levels of alcohol and acidity. Both vineyards benefit from cooler climates that allow for slower ripening and excellent integration of flavors, revealing an essential brightness and freshness. Yeast are mostly ambient or very gentle and fermentation happens at its own pace. The highest quality French oak barrels are judiciously used to integrate and build complexity during the development of the wines. Rafael et Fils typically also holds back their wines to allow for greater bottle aging and to perfectly complement food upon their release.