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.
2021 Robert Biale Vineyards Royal Punishers Petite Sirah – Purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, coffee and flowers. Full bodied with perfect acidity. Plush and well balanced. Packed with layer upon layer of mouth coating dark fruits. Blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and iron on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Surprisingly approachable now but this has the stuffing to cellar well for another decade. $55 at the winery and retail. My rating: 93 points.
2021 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Stagecoach Vineyard – Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. This portion of Stagecoach Vineyard is a recreation of how Zinfandel was planted in the pre prohibition era. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, citrus and pepper. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Claret style Zinfandel with compelling fruits and terrific balance. Cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and supple. There is an elegance here that leaves you longing for another glass. Best over the next 3-5 years. $70 at the winery and retail. My rating: 94 points.
2021 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel R.W. Moore Vineyard – Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. From a Coombsville vineyard with vines dating back to the early 1900’s. Stunning nose of red fruits, plums and baking spices. Medium to full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Lush, rich and well balanced. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, cranberry and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Killer Zinfandel from an iconic vineyard. Best over the next 4-6 years. $65 at the winery and retail. My rating: 95 points.
These reviews were based on samples provided by the winery.
Biale deserves to be mentioned with the likes of Carlisle, Ridge and Turley when discussing California Zinfandel. The wines are widely available at retail but you will get a slight discount with a Biale membership. I look forward to visiting on my next trip to Napa.