Blends & Old World

2016 Gaudi-Carli Barbera

2016 Gaudi-Carli Barbera

Calistoga Appellation, Napa Valley Barbera

At Gaudi Carli in Calistoga, we are dealing with a little patch of the only old vine Barbera we know of in Napa Valley and it is loaded with character. Who we have to thank for sticking with this 80 year-old vineyard is the Torrigino family, who together over decades, have kept the scant last acre of Gaudi Carli’s original vineyards going. Just amazing it’s still there…Rustic red fruits fill the nose along with Bing cherry, plum, Iris, cinnamon and rood beer. Medium light bodied with fleshy tannins lend way to some, earthier Barbera flavors of cassis, blackberry and porcini mushroom. This Old-World style wine has a nice balance of fresh acidity which makes for a mouthwatering finish. *The 2017 vintage will not be released due to the quality being compromised from the 2017 fires.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 29, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th – just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

Drinkable now and will continue to age well the next 5-7 years.

Alcohol

 

13.2%

Price

 

$48

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2016 Basic Black

2016 Basic Black

Sonoma County Proprietary Red Wine

The 2016 Basic Black is loaded with complex undertones which interplay beautifully with exploding aromas of blackberry, violets, cocoa, cured ham, cinnamon and wet earth. Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits are integrated and proportioned across a foundation of dense mid palate tannins which lead to a long finish. This 2016 wine is a co-fermented reserve blend of 26% Grenache, 19% Early Burgundy, 17% Tempranillo, 14% Syrah, 12% Carignan, 12% Zinfandel. 600 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 16 & 18, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th – just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and remarkably balanced red wine blend that is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5-7 years more.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$50

2017 Nonna’s Vineyard Sangiovese

2017 Nonna’s Vineyard Sangiovese

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Sangiovese

In 1992, one year after we started the winery, Aldo converted a small vineyard block behind his house to Sangiovese and named it after his mother. It turned out to be so good that we broke from our Zinfandel course and added it to the Biale repertoire. This wine has aromas of Bing cherries, rhubarb, strawberries and red plum with hints of chamomile and savory spice. Medium bodied with a clean and bright entry. Full textural tannins with nice acidity make this a perfect wine for pairing with food. Drink now or cellar through 2021. Only 50 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 23, 2017

Vintage Notes

 

The 2017 growing season started out with ideal weather conditions. After a very wet winter, there was plenty of moisture available to the vines which made for vigorous canopy growth and a healthy crop load. Summer temperatures were well above average and then a series of heat spikes at the end of the growing season quickly pushed the Zinfandel to perfect ripeness.

Ageability

 

Drink now or cellar through 2022.

Alcohol

 

14.0%

Price

 

$48

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2018 Rosato

2018 Rosato

California Rose

Vibrant bubblegum color with aromas of guava, watermelon jolly rancher, cherry blossoms, key lime, Bartlett pear, wet stone, and fresh herbs. There is a pleasing saliva-inducing tartness and a savory mouth-feel with a gentle touch of red wine tannins. Best to drink in its first year of release, these bottles go fast as the seasons kick in! Optimum serving temperature: 46°F–58°F. Only 220 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 28, 2018 (Sangiovese) and September 9, 2018 (Zinfandel)

Vintage Notes

 

The 2018 growing season was mild and long with steady temperatures. These conditions were ideal for early ripening and early picked wines such as the Sangiovese fruit used to make this Rosato.

Ageability

 

Best to drink in its first year of release.

Alcohol

 

13%

Price

 

$32