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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

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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

    From the article Petite Sirah

  • 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


    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

    Forum post in the topic The Zinner Party

  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Oak Knoll Black Chicken Biale Winery Vineyard 2008


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken Napa Valley 2010


    super peppery. a little too much spice for peppercorn steak. maybe try with lightly peppered steak. intense! enjoyed at el gaucho in bellevue wa Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Robert Biale Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Pollo Bianco 2010


    Somewhat flat with medium weight, light citrus, hay and not much acidity. This bottle may have been on its way out. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • There hasn't been one of these threads here in quite some time so I thought I'd start it up again. Weather is warm here so I popped a Rosé.What are you drinking? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Thought I'd start a new thread rather than clog the Rosé thread with a drift.As I was telling you Fox, bloom is iminent. I took these shots this afternoon at Copain.Ready to burst at any time. Hopefully we have a normal weather year for a change. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2012 Growing Season

  • Robert Biale Psyrah Rp 2006


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    Wine review by Snoother 944928

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