The Biale Buzz

“Robert Biale Vineyards is hardly the only Napa winery making Zinfandel. But it’s certainly one of the very few that put Zinfandel front and center…. This is Zinfandel at its best….Tastings on the outdoor patio are relaxed; though reservations are required, the experience feels casual, with tasting room hosts attending to you at your table. The pleasure of Biale’s single-vineyard Zinfandels is in their ability to balance rich components—lush, concentrated fruit—with fresh acidity and mineral notes.” Esther Mobley, The 52 California Wineries You Need To Visit In 2018, The Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2018.

“One of the top Zinfandel specialists in Northern California.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, August 2016

“Biale is among those noble wineries leading the charge in California to preserve and advance our classic American Heritage varieties-Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.” Christopher Sawyer, Wine Journalist/Sommelier

“Is anyone else making multiple Pets., especially at this level? Not that I know of.” Steve Heimoff, Jan. 2017

“2018 Winery of the Year” by the American Fine Wine Competition. “Biale has been bestowed this honor because of the winery’s numerous gold medals, consistently outstanding repertoire of wines, and everything they do for advancing the heritage vineyards of California.” Shari Gherman, Co-Founder of the AFWC

Washington Wine Blog Top 100 of 2018 by Owen Bargreen
#17- 2016 Robert Biale ‘Varozza Vineyard’ Zinfandel,
 Napa Valley, 95 Points
This historic Napa vineyard was first farmed by the Varozza family since 1913. The Zinfandel shows an intriguing translucence and starts off with cigar ash, cran-cherry, coffee ground and wild blackberry pie aromatics. I am in love with the purity of fruit here and seamless texture. Milk chocolate, crushed mint, black cherry cordial and roasted date flavors all impress. This stunning bottling is truly one of the best in California. Drink 2018-2030.

“5 California Zinfandels you’ll want to drink right now” Washington Post, February 2018

“How can producers secure Zinfandel’s future? By looking to the past.” Washington Post, February 2018


2016 and 2015 Vintage Wine Scores

VintageLabelWine SpectatorRobert ParkerWine EnthusiastCA GrapevineJames SucklingInt. Wine ReportWash Wine Blog
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel, Oak Knoll District  93  94 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Monte Rosso Vineyards Zinfandel, Sonoma County  94, CS    
2016Robert Biale Vineyard Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma County  94  93 
2016Robert Biale Vineyard Black Chicken Zinfandel, Napa Valley  92  93 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel, Calistoga  90    
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel, Napa Valley   90   
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Grande Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley  93, CS  93 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel, Sonoma County  93, EC    
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Limerick Lane Zinfandel, Russian River   93   
2016Robert Biale Vineyards R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel, Coombsville  9292 93 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel, St. Helena  9091 94 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Palisades Petite Sirah, Calistoga  91, CS    
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Stagecoach Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley  92  95 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Royal Punishers Petite Sirah, Napa Valley92 91  93 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel, St. Helena90 9190 95 
2016Robert Biale Vineyards Valsecchi Vineyard, Carneros  9191 94 
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel, Oak Knoll District 90     
2015Robert Biale Vineyard Basic Black Proprietary Red Wine90     93
2015Robert Biale Vineyard Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma County88  91  93
2015Robert Biale Vineyard Black Chicken Zinfandel, Napa Valley9090939195 92
2015Robert Biale Vineyards 2015 EBA Petite Sirah Napa Valley  91    
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel, Calistoga 92+     
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel, Napa Valley 88 90   
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Grande Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley 93     
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Like Father Like Son Propriety Red Wine 9391 92  
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Limerick Lane Zinfandel, Russian River90 9292  94
2015Robert Biale Vineyards R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel, Coombsville9091 92   
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel St. Helena8793+88   92
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Palisades Petite Sirah Calistoga 91  92  
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Stagecoach Vineyard Zinfandel Napa Valley88899091  93
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Royal Punishers Petite Sirah, Napa Valley9192929290 93
2015Robert Biale Vineyards Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel, St. Helena89919191  94

The Biale Enthusiast Buzz
Everything that you could hope for from a black chicken
Biale is the gold standard for Zins, and this is one of their better ones. Incredibly balanced, graceful finish. Definitely not a fruit bomb, but heavy enough to impart intense flavor.”

“15.9% alcohol. Pushing the boundaries of ripeness, this nearly black-colored wine with a purple tinge has a jammy, slightly spicy bouquet. In the mouth, it goes for fruit all the way, no messing around, with some spice influence. It veers almost to the sweet, almost going over the edge, but comes back with a nice hit of acidity and a quite tannic finish. The definition of pure hedonism in a bottle.”

“Intense, but smooth. Great finish and exceptional price value”.

“Improved over the meal – big, rich, full – fruit forward. Has just enough of the pepper to keep the jamminess in check.”

“Stunning Zinfandel. Inviting and lush bramble-fruit nose. Smooth, dark and rich, but very balanced with a laser focus on the fruit. Beautifully integrated and a house-guest finish (it stays for days). Just so well made.”

“Balanced. Refreshing. Blueberry and rhubarb pie. No overoaking in this fruit bomb; Biale never overoaks. Not elegant or overly remarkable but Biale is the “zin master” and they always pairs beautifully with bar-b-que.”

“Bouquet of dust, minerals and muted dark fruit. Could’ve passed for a CDP. No heat on nose or pallet. Nice tartness and acidity levels; not dry or tannic. A definite drink now and opens up nicely after 15 minutes. What I like most about this wine is the dustiness throughout the entire tasting experience and the sensational balance. Jammy Lip smacker—drink at 60-65 degrees—not room temp.”

“Had this in Door County, reminded me of the tasting at the winery. Aromas of blackberry. Long finish, paired well with the Marieke Gouda we found at the cheese market. You just can’t go wrong with a Biale Zin”

Amazing for a 12 year old Zin. Nose was strong with fruit but smooth. Let it breath for just 20 minutes or so and was rewarded with the smoothest, most sophisticated Zin I’ve ever had.

“Very first taste with no decant gave me impression that I would be blown away. Even though it didn’t ever achieve that performance, it was delicious and among best zins I’ve ever had. With pizza, you can search all you want but you’ll never find a better pairing. Biale never ceases to be unequalled in zin and it won’t be long before they achieve iconic status.”

“Wine was vibrant and fresh with plenty of acidity and a great core of black fruit. An excellent Zin given it’s age and extends the pedigree of this producer!”

“Never fails to impress. Lots of fruit, tannins and alcohol. Drinking great right now!”

“We’re still talking about our wonderful visit to your beautiful vineyard this past July. Pat and Thomas’ hospitality far exceeded our expectations…Thanks to the entire Biale team!”