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Robert Biale Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2004

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Proprietary blend of Zinfandel Syrah and Petite Sirah combine resulting in this dark berry strawberry jam tea tobacco cinnamon vanilla and toasty oaked mingle with an integrated acidity an elegant texture and a rich finish.

Region: USA » California » Napa » St. Helena

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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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
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05/01/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Robert Biale Zinfandel Sonoma Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This ruby-colored wine exhibits a full-bodied, viscous palate of concentrated plum jam, Bing cherry, prune, tea, spice, violet and vanilla.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A rare Zinfandel that has finesse and power without pushing the ripeness envelope. Distinctive aromas of blackberry, licorice and toasty cracked pepper, with supple and complex wild berry and sage flavors. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This is zesty, showing bright black cherry, meat and toasty spice aromas and flavors that are lively with wild berry and licorice and loaded with cracked pepper. The finish is a bit earthy and tannic. Drink now.



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Proprietary blend of Zinfandel Syrah and Petite Sirah combine resulting in this dark berry strawberry jam tea tobacco cinnamon vanilla and toasty oaked mingle with an integrated acidity an elegant texture and a rich finish.

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