Robert Biale Vineyards Grande Vineyard Zinfandel 2005

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 122729
  • red wine
  • RP89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP94

Winemaker's Notes

The old vines whose grapes were sold for decades to larger wineries for blending, today produce a singular Biale Zinfandel of sinewy strength and deep classic Zinfandel character: blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, plum, peppercorn, dried orange peel, nutmeg, clove come together with a flourish on a firm and fresh snappy palate and ripe fleshy tannins. To drink this wine is to experience what decades of loving labor can do for a great site. Grande indeed.

Critical Acclaim

"Elegant, with blueberries, raspberries, and almost Pinot Noir-like characteristics is the 2005 Zinfandel Grande Vineyard. An atypically finesse-styled Zin, it exhibits good acidity and medium body."
89 Points

Learn About Robert Biale Vineyards

The Biale Zinfandel tradition began in the 1930's when Pietro Biale, an immigrant from Genoa, began planting Zinfandel (a variety we now know is from Croatia and a favorite of pioneer California winemakers) on his farm in the town of Napa in 1937. Since that first commercial vintage in 1991 the winery has created a series of a dozen small-vineyard Zinfandels from other historic...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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