Robert Biale Vineyards Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from California

Item No. 122730
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP92
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: 15.1%

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:
  • 2009
  • V93
  • WS92
  • ST91
  • 2007
  • WS92

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Varozza is a complete wine: flavor-driven, firm, and balanced. Expressive black berry, plum, and stone fruits, toasty spices, and mineral scents. Very seductive, this could be the Zin of the vintage.

Critical Acclaim

"There are 275 cases of the 2008 Zinfandel Varozza Vineyard, from another parcel planted in the early 1900s in St. Helena. One of the darker wines in the Biale portfolio, this dense ruby/plum/purple-colored wine has oodles of sweet, pure black cherry and raspberry fruit as well as hints of incense and spice, but the purity, the medium to full-bodied, lush mouthfeel and the silky tannins suggest a wine to drink over the next 3-4 years for its opulence and generosity."
92 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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