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Robert Biale Appellation Series Napa Ranches Zinfandel 2006

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Supple yet intense, delivering fresh black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas, with zesty wild berry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors that finish with meaty tannins. Drink now through 2012.

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Robert Biale Vineyards:
The Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930’s – Zinfandel only. Zinfandel, California’s adopted grape, was widely planted by immigrants throughout the State’s history as a highly flavorful red grape well-suited for the climate. Each harvest, the Biale’s fruit was routinely sold for bulk wine. For decades before the global demand for Napa Valley win... Read more
The Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930’s – Zinfandel only. Zinfandel, California’s adopted grape, was widely planted by immigrants throughout the State’s history as a highly flavorful red grape well-suited for the climate. Each harvest, the Biale’s fruit was routinely sold for bulk wine. For decades before the global demand for Napa Valley wine, one winery, the Napa Valley Co-Op winery, processed almost half of Napa’s grapes. Before big companies moved in, most of Napa’s fruit was grown by local farmers like the Biales. In fact, prunes and walnuts were as valuable as grapes in those days, and the Biale farm produced its share along with eggs and vegetables. Committed to the tradition of farming grapes, the Biales decided in 1991 to form a partnership with the goal of producing a world-class wine from the oldest Zinfandel vines on the ranch. The team: Al Perry, winemaking; Dave Pramuk, Marketing; Aldo and Bob Biale farming. The wine, named after longtime farmer Aldo Biale, was called “Aldo’s Vineyard”. The inaugural wine was a quantity of 400 cases produced from about 8 acres of 60-year-old vines. Now, twelve years later, Biale is recognized internationally as being among California’s very finest producers of Zinfandel. Today, a family of wines of distinctly different personalities is produced, with the goal of capturing the ultimate expressions of their sites. Each wine is vineyard designated only in years when it is outstanding. Wines not grown on the Biale ranch are from grapes grown through farming contracts with small independent growers in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Contra Costa. In several cases, vineyards are parcels adjacent to the owner’s home. This involves the Biale/Perry tandem going beyond the normal “tons per acre” agreements to the extent of specifying farming techniques on each site and working personally with the growers to do the careful handwork necessary to ensure uniformly ripe and mature bunches of grapes. Good wines are made but great wines are grown. Biale’s richness, refinement, elegance and balance make the wines a memorable experience with a diverse range of food. And while the wines will age gracefully, Zinfandel is one of the best wines for drinking young. Read less

External Reviews for Robert Biale Appellation Series Napa Ranches Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Supple yet intense, delivering fresh black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas, with zesty wild berry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors that finish with meaty tannins. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Rhone Valley-like 2002 Zinfandel Napa Ranches exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with an opulent, sexy personality revealing loads of raspberries, wild mountain berries, and peppery, earthy spice. This full-bodied, lusty, heady Zinfandel will drink well for 1ndash;3 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Napa Ranches is a top-notch Zinfandel blend sourced from Aldorsquo;s and Black Chicken in Napa, Old Crane in St. Helena, Stagnaro in Calistoga, and Priest Ranch above Chiles Valley. Therersquo;s also a dollop of Petite Sirah, 18%, from Thomann Station in St. Helena. Blackish ruby in color, this Zinfandel exhibits plum and cherry preserves with lavender, pepper, allspice, vanilla and toast on its full-bodied, viscous and fleshy palate. This third vintage has excellent balance and fine tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Another outstanding, sexy effort is the 2004 Zinfandel Napa Ranches (15.8% alcohol), which offers up gorgeous scents of black cherries, licorice, smoke, and blackberries. Ripe, pure, and voluptuously textured with well-integrated acidity and wood, it will drink beautifully over the next 5ndash;7 years.



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