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.
"The Grande Vineyard was planted by the Rossi family in 1920, just off the Silverado Trail. The 2008 Zinfandel Grande Vineyard has a deep, complex nose of forest floor, loamy soil notes, pepper, blueberry, black raspberry and currants, all in a wine that is more Cabernet-like than a Zinfandel. Impressively saturated ruby/purple, full-bodied and rich, this may well be the most impressive wine in the entire portfolio, and that’s saying something."
The Wine Advocate