Situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Bedrock Vineyard traces back to the Civil War era, was replanted in the 1880’s under the ownership of Senator George Hearst. It came under new ownership in the 2000’s. Father and son Joel and Morgan Peterson took over what had been known as the Madrone Ranch, renamed it Bedrock, and began to restore it to its former glory. Several top Zinfandel winemakers were invited to share fruit from the various blocks on this sizeable ranch that includes not only old Zinfandel vines, but Carignane, Alicante, Petite Sirah, Mataro and other varieties that the old winemakers loved to plant together in a field blending system called “mixed blacks.”
Historic Limerick Lane Vineyard is located near Healdsburg at the northeast corner of the cool Russian River AVA. This vineyard was first planted in 1910. Today, the estate vineyard is comprised of historic vines as well as newer plantings and is owned by longtime grape grower and Biale fan Jake Bilbro. Jake is producing wines under the updated Limerick Lane label and is sharing small amounts of his prized fruit with only top producers like Robert Biale Vineyards.
Monte Rosso Vineyard
Huge, twisting, gnarled, mountain-rooted Zinfandel vines with a view of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco, and the Bay Area. Thriving plants that produce thrilling wines since their origins in the 1880s. Even the most jaded wine veterans are struck with awe upon seeing the great Monte Rosso Vineyard. At an average of about 1500 ft. elevation, with its reddish volcanic soils filled with rock and iron, Monte Rosso speaks clearly and firmly as to its sense of place. Sometimes wine newbies wonder what all the fuss is about in red wines, but this is one of those examples of fine red so filled with tantalizing character that you can’t help but sit back, sip slowly, and ponder the power of the site.
Dino Amantite and his mother Norma Pagani Amantite are the devoted caretakers of this iconic and hallowed ground in Sonoma at Dunbar Road and Highway 12 that has been in their family for over a century.
Planted originally in the 1880’s then added to in the 1920’s by Felice Pagani, most of the original vines still produce beautiful fruit. Much of it is field-blended: Zinfandel, Alicante, Lenoir, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir and numerous others -like a big old vine salad of many heritage varieties, if you will.
A relatively new appellation in remote northern Sonoma County. Varietals planted: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and several heritage Porto varieties The Mauritson family has been ranching in the region above Dry Creek Valley for nearly six generations. After Lake Sonoma was created in the 1980’s, the Mauritsons and other winemaker/growers realized that this cool, sunny, mountainous area (mainly above 1000 ft. elevation) would be ideal for planting Zinfandel. Results were quick. Rockpile is now a top area from which to source Zinfandel.
One of Biale’s little gems. A small inconspicuous site just outside the town of Sonoma. This vineyard lies just within the northern boundary of the Carneros Appellation which makes it very rare indeed – one of only a few Zinfandels and certainly the oldest existing vineyard within this AVA (American Viticultural Appellation). The Valsecchi Vineyard is named for John Valsecchi , who after a life of dairy work, retired to farm the old Zinfandel vineyard he had purchased that was planted around 1900. Under the loving care of Valsecchi’s grandson, Ron Mick, the vineyard has survived with its ton or two of grapes going to Biale since 1995. Hidden behind a farmhouse, one would never notice this patch of twisting and weathered old vines.