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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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  • Robert Biale Petite Sirah Napa Valley Royal Punishers 2011

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  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken Napa 2011

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  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

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  • Hey Fox, Project Zin looks like a winner. Why didnt you talk about it sooner ... ... WineryRidge VineyardsRobert Biale VineyardsRock WallSbragia Family VineyardsSeghesio Family VineyardsSt. Francis Winery and VineyardsTurley Wine CellarsValdez Family WineryWilliams Selyem Nice lineu Read More

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  • I just received notification from Bedrock that I might have the opportunity to buy some of their new release and, thus, be elevated to full e-mail membership.  So, I am wondering if you have any recommendations on the following that I may request.  My gut feeling is that the most attractive wines might be the ones with the lower bottle limits:De... Read More

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  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken Napa 2011

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  • Like Zinfandel, Petite Sirah is primarily a California wine: the Golden ... ... have that potential. Robert Biale Vineyards: Petite Sirah that Rivals Cabernet Sauvignon Asking which California AVA produces the best Petite Sirah can spark passionate discussion. However, it’s hard to argue against the complex, balanced and beautifully textured w... Read More

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  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate ... tannins. 91 points 2010 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Aldo's Vineyard, Oak Knoll District 15.8% $75Big on the nose with slightly liquory bramble berry fruit with lots of backing vanilla. This smells heavy and toasty. In the mouth this is a bit chunky, if tight on entry, ... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success


  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Oak Knoll Aldo's Vineyard 2010

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    Big on the nose with slightly liquory bramble berry fruit with lots of backing vanilla. This smells heavy and toasty. In the mouth this is a bit chunky, if tight on entry, showing subtle briary and herb-laced inner mouth perfumes leading to juicy and powerful big wild berry and mocha espresso foam flavors. Theres a lot of oak here, and a noticea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Zinner party was last night, but preparations began a week or two ago when I realized I had accumulated some Zins that needed consuming.  I had been lured by a cellar sale on BPWine that featured a ton of Turley wines from different vineyards at really attractive prices.  By the time I pulled the trigger, the best values appeared to be a 200... Read More

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