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 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, Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors


  • Robert Biale Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    Rich and perfumed with floral notes, lots of macerated herb notes, ripe and cocoa scented, and a bit candied with hints of banana and grape taffy. Lighter on entry than the nose might suggest with an earthy core to the bitter black cherry fruit. There's a nice hint of floralish and orange rindy in the mouth, with lovely purity to the slightly ru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel 2011

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    Nice perfume on this wine. Pretty and red. My style of zin. Great wine.93 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Robert Biale Vineyards Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah 2010

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    Dusty loganberry, boysenberry, violet and lavender. Nice and pretty with rich texture and flavors. Good balance. 10/25/13 at winery93 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Robert Biale Petite Sirah Napa Valley Royal Punishers 2011

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    Pretty nose of plum and sweet blueberry. Nice wine.91 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Robert Biale Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2011

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    I think it's perhaps in a dumb stage or we tasted from an off bottle. Didn't do much for me. Structure was good though. Just indistinct flavors and aromas, which is uncharacteristic of Monte Rosso.87 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Napa Valley Old Crane Ranch 2011

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    Great black and blue fruit with a good spice note. Lush and delicious. 92 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across Sonoma and Napa Counties over the past few years. Tell me these should not be saved! They are relics of ancient viticultural history in California. Enjoy!Hayne Vineyard -St Helena, Napa Valley - Turley, Carlisle, Robert Biale Giovannetti Vineyard - Santa Rosa/Forestville... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Robert Biale Petite Sirah Napa Valley Royal Punishers 2011

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