Robert Biale Vineyards Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
In the 2009 vintage you will notice with some aeration the typical Crane minerals interspersed with berries and stone fruits, zesty spices, tea leaf, and toasty vanilla character.
"The 2009 Zinfandel Old Crane Ranch is a restrained, inward Zinfandel that is still keeping its cards pretty close to the vest. It shows fabulous concentration and richness in its deep layers of fruit, with firm but well-integrated tannins, which provide a framework for a gorgeous expression of variety and site. This is a striking, fabulous wine, but it will require patience."
The Wine Advocate
"Jammy and appealingly rustic, displaying baked raspberry and toasty vanilla aromas that lead to dense, flavors of ripe black cherry, caramel and pepper. The finish features tart, well-structured tannins. Needs time."
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 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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