Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The October Zinfandel of the Month is the 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel R.W. Moore Vineyard.
Robert Biale Vineyards in Napa has its roots in the 1930s, when the Biale family started growing Zinfandel grapes and other produce on the outskirts of Napa. The family grapes mostly were sold to local wineries, though the Biales saved some to make wine for the family. The winery was formally founded in 1991. The estate grows Zinfandel and Petite Sirah on 25 acres in Napa Valley.
R.W. Moore Vineyard is on Hagen Road in SE Napa near Coombsville. First planted in 1905 the vineyard has been farmed for over 20 years by Bill Moore. Notably the vineyard was the fruit source for the Turley Earthquake Vineyard Zins of years past.
Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Powerful aromas of of dark fruits, pepper and baking spices. Medium body with medium acidity and just packed with concentrated fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, and white pepper on the palate. The wine finishes strong. Drink over the next 4-6 years.
My rating: 92 points.
You should be able to find the wine at retail or at the winery for right around $50.
This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.
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