This Chardonnay is for Marc Rapheal's mom, Rosie, and is a marvelous combination of California ripe flavors and top white Burgundy vibrance and balance. "California" is here in the form of a nice golden wheat colored richness and wonderful mouthfeel with notes of citrus, pear, and minerals along with a touch of almond and creamy butter. Mineral notes, lemon zest and the faintest hint of nuttiness makes for a memorable, refreshing finish.
“Rafael et Fils. Funny French spelling for a Napa wine? Perhaps! However I promise you it is not for fanciful purposes. I’m the “fils" (son in French) to Georg and Rosie Rafael. And since they raised me in France and had the foresight to buy land in Napa 30 years ago, it seems only fair to pay a little homage to our European heritage.
When I imagine my father, at fifteen years old, leaving his home in Berlin post World War II with just a train ticket in his pocket, I don’t think in his wildest dreams he could have ever foreseen becoming a Napa Valley grape grower. His career journey is a beautiful one - from hotel elevator operator to iconic hotelier. Early along the way he met my mother, who provided the unwavering support that was their foundation. Together they came to America in the 1970s, and were able to discover a Napa Valley still in its infancy.
n 1982 an opportunity presented itself to own a magical patch of dirt in the then unnamed Oak Knoll District; 50 acres of former cattle ranching land, so steeply inclined that only 25 acres could be planted. Once planted we began merely as grape growers, selling our fruit to some of Napa’s finest producers. However, our own wine brand took a longer time to bear fruition.
For such a personal operation we needed a family member on-site, so I moved to Northern California permanently in 2010 to oversee all aspects of the vineyard. Now we are entering a tremendously exciting phase, with stunning new wine labels, and we cannot wait to share our little hidden gem with you.” - Marc Rafael
Winery/Producer: Georg Rafael Vineyards - Rafael et Fils - Marc Rafael
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Style: White, dry
Origin: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Napa County, California, USA
Vinification: Sustainable farming. The grapes are hand harvested and whole cluster pressed at cool temperatures. Fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. No fining. Minimum SO2.
Aging: Aged 6 months in stainless steel.
% ABV: 13.3%