Robert Biale Vineyards Grande Vineyard Zinfandel 2009

Zinfandel from California

Item No. 122711
  • red wine
  • V90
  • ST90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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

"Bright red-ruby. Crushed blueberry, black plum, pepper and spices on the slightly high-toned nose; a real essence of zinfandel. Silky on entry, then quite tight and unforthcoming in the middle, showing imploded flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and peppery spices. Finishes with very smooth tannins that showed a slightly edgy quality with aeration. Impressive but very young zinfandel, in need of bottle aging.
Rating: 90(+?) "
90 Points

"The 2009 Zinfandel Grande Vineyard is another striking wine. It is less obvious than some of the other Zinfandels in the lineup. The Grande Vineyard is deceptively medium in body, but there is plenty of fruit and just as much character in the glass. Mint, tobacco and dried flowers add shades of nuance to the dark red fruit on the refined finish."
90 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 Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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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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