Wines

2019 Clementina White Wine

2019 Clementina White Wine

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Greco

In Italy, it is believed that Greco has its origins in ancient Greece. However, it is identified as one of the great white grapes of Tufo, Campania in Southern Italy. Complex, lean, and graceful, Greco wines are traditionally known to cellar extremely well up to 10 years. The alluvial soils and moderate climate of the Oak Knoll District are ideal conditions for a wide variety of vinifera grapes. Greco is a new entry that shows wonderful promise for future winemaking. This wine is a tribute to Clementina Biale (1929-2017), wife of Aldo Biale and matriarch of the Biale Family. A late ripener with a firm backbone of acidity, our Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Estate Greco has a bright golden hue. It is a medium weight white wine with notes of white peach, honey suckle, pear, lemon meringue, wet stone, chalk and other mineral notes.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 23, 2019

Vintage Notes

 

A long, warm summer and mild finish to the season. The beginning of the 2019 growing season was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. The long, relatively mild finish to the season, not without its moments of unpredictability, helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with abundant hang time teasing out great color, structure and soft tannins. Volume is looking to be about average to a little less than average. All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and ample texture promises an amazing vintage.

Ageability

 

The wine has a natural phenolic structure to it along with a racey acidity which makes it ideal for food pairings and bottle aging.

Alcohol

 

13.8%

Price

 

42

2018 Gaudi Carli Barbera

2018 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, rhubarb, plum, Iris, cinnamon, and root 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. Only 45 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 29, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$50

2018 Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Zinfandel

Aldo’s father Pietro Biale, an immigrant from a village near Genoa, began farming Zinfandel on Mt. Veeder at the Gier Ranch during prohibition, then several years later on their own property in Napa in 1937. For decades, Aldo, Christina, and the Biale family kept their Zinfandel tradition going by preserving and nurturing these nearly 80 year old vines and they are the oldest vines in Oak Knoll. The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. Aromas of ripe strawberries, lavender, dried flowers, white peach, maple and black cherry. The wine has a fresh entry and tannins that are supple and round. The wine is remarkably balanced with and elegant mouthwatering finish.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 27, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

Immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$85

2018 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

Sonoma County Zinfandel

One of the oldest and grandest Zinfandel vineyards of them all is situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley as it traces back to the Civil War era. It was replanted in the 1880’s under the ownership of Senator George Hearst, and came under its new ownership in the 2000’s with father and son, Joel and Morgan Peterson. The 2018 vintage shows aromatics of Bing cherries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, orange rind, cocoa powder, and violets. A lively entry and medium body with dusty tannins lead to a long juicy finish. A lively entry and medium body with opulent broad-spectrum tannins lead to a long juicy finish. Only 174 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 21, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.2%

Price

 

$55

2018 Black Chicken Zinfandel

2018 Black Chicken Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Sourced from the same family vineyard that Aldo, Nonna, Bob Biale and the Biale family have farmed their whole lives, with additional grapes from our neighboring winery vineyard. The Oak Knoll wine growing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, and subtle dried herbs. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins with a kiss of toasted oak. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 10, 2018 to October 3, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

It is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$50

2018 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel

Calistoga, Napa Valley Zinfandel

This historic little vineyard of head-trained vines at the edge of town in Calistoga was planted by immigrant Argentina Falleri in 1924. The vineyard was maintained by Argentina’s daughter Olivia and today is cared for by Argentina’s granddaughter, Sonya Spencer. Aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, yellow plum, sage and root beer. Medium bodied with light delicate tannins that build and lead to a long mouthwatering finish. This is a wine which will pair well with many fares. Only 98 Cases Produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 19, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$58

2017 First Grade Zinfandel

2017 First Grade Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Do you still have ol’ schoolmates you have known since first grade? Bob and Dave are Napa Valley winery founders who are authentic examples. This wine is layered with a spectrum of black and red fruit characters. The base blend stood out from the beginning at fermentation and was culled from three Oak Knoll District Biale estate vineyard blocks. The final blend was finished with touches of Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane and Early Burgundy. The wine is aged for 16 months in 50% new medium plus toasted French oak Burgundy barrels. Aromas and flavors of blackberry liqueur, raspberry preserves, fig newton, graham cracker, roasted walnut, cinnamon, clove, and dried flowers. It dazzles above the glass, resonates on the mid palate, and shimmers on the finish. It is exemplary of the Biale house style wherein balance and refinement are everything. There is a burst of Zinfandel essence and vineyard expression in this diligently-farmed wine with the nuances and detail that reflect highly-focused veteran craftsmanship. Made for the ages, this wine is expected to cellar for 10 years or more. Only 96 cases produced. 2018 to be released November 2020, email directly for joining the wait list, customerservice@biale.com.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2, 2017 to September 19, 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

 

All the fundamentals are there for a marathon run in the cellar of 10 years or more.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

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2018 Founding Farmers Zinfandel

2018 Founding Farmers Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

The mature and old vines in St. Helena produce a Zinfandel that is very aromatic with notes of Strawberry, rose pedals, raspberry, red licorice, crème brulee and Italian herbs. The wine is light bodied and has a fresh and clean entry with subtle tannins. A beautiful vanilla oak profile and feminine qualities make this wine very approachable. The finish is long and has a juicy mouthwatering character.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 17th, 18th, and 21st, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$42

2018 Grande Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Grande Vineyard Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Just east of the historic Silverado Trail near the town of Napa, lies an old Zinfandel vineyard that is one of our favorite historic family stories in Napa Valley. Dorothy Rossi and her son, Tony Rossi, take care of an old-vine vineyard that was planted by Dorothy’s father, Theodosio Grande, in 1920–the same year that Dorothy was born! This family tradition is a classic example of what gave birth to the international stature that today’s Napa Valley now enjoys. Layers of aromatics including pear, orange blossom, strawberry, violets, cocoa, currants, and dried herbs. Fresh entry with medium body and building tannins. Flavors of blackberry, quince, and spiced cake. This is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with many different fares.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 17, 2018 & September 18, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

This wine has a long finish showing great aging potential.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$55

2017 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

2017 Howell Mountain Zinfandel

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

First time Howell Mountain single vineyard offering. This new Biale Zinfandel comes from historic, century-old vineyards and displays all the beautiful traits for which Howell Mountain is known. At this lofty, sunny location, summer daytime temperatures are cooler, nights are warmer, breezes are steady, and the vines’ moderate growing season more gradual. This substantial wine displays a beautiful array of mocha, dark fruits, cherry candy wrapper, tree fruits, pear tarte tatin and salty/mineral notes that interplay nicely with ripe tannins, supple texture, lasting blackberry flavors and an elegant finish. Only 490 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 10, 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

 

Howell Mountain red wines have a reputation among collectors for complexity, solid structure and long life, 7-10 years.

Alcohol

 

14.9

Price

 

$65

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2018 Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

Russian River Appellation, Sonoma County Zinfandel

We are tremendously honored to be releasing this Zinfandel from the historic Limerick Lane Vineyard, located near Healdsburg at the northeast corner of the cool Russian River AVA. This vineyard was first planted in 1910. Today, the estate vineyard comprised of historic vines as well as newer plantings is owned by longtime grape grower and Biale fan Jake Bilbro. Inky in color with attractive aromatics. Notes of dried apricots, pear, cola and stone fruit. A lively entry with the weight of bold fruit and a popping acidity lends itself to a long and mouthwatering finish. This is a very age worthy wine. Only 97 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 18, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$62

2018 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

Moon Mountain, Sonoma County Zinfandel

There is nothing quite like it. Huge, twisting, gnarled, mountain-rooted Zinfandel vines with a view of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco, and the Bay Area - thriving plants that are still producing thrilling wines since their origins in the 1880’s. Even the most jaded wine veterans are struck with awe upon seeing the great Monte Rosso Vineyard. Aromas of nectarine, bing cherry, red vine licorice, wild iris, rhubarb, and vanilla bean. A lively entry enhances the minerality and the zesty, natural acidity of this wine. Mountain tannins assure us of this wines graceful aging potential.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 6, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

Drinks beautifully now and shows 8-10 years ageing potential.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$75

2018 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel

St. Helena Appellation, Napa Valley Zinfandel

Instead of tearing out the original Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines that were planted in the 1890s, Bill and Margie decided to go with the recommendation of vineyard guru Bill Pease who saw potential in the craggy, twisted plants. Bob Biale was brought in to assist and a project ensued to revitalize this rare swath of winemaking history. This is an elegant wine with a silky entry. Hints of black cherries, pear, black tea and sage. The 2018 Old Kraft Zinfandel has gentle tannins and toasty barrel spices that build into a lengthy finish.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 20, 2018 & September 18, 2020

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

Drinks beautifully now and shows 7-10 years ageing potential

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$55

2018 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

2018 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Sonoma County Zinfandel

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. Beautiful dark color with aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, dark chocolate, fig, caramel, prosciutto, and toasted vanilla oak. Black, red and blue fruits on the palate. An integrated package of fat tannins and pleasing taut acidity. This is a big structured Zinfandel to watch develop over months and years to come. Only 305 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

October 18, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

This is a big structured Zinfandel to watch develop over months and years to come.

Alcohol

 

14.9%

Price

 

$55

2018 R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel

Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel

This is where the family of a seafarer by the name of Pleasant Ashley Stevens planted vines in 1905. Most of those vines still exist today thanks to the dedicated farming and wisdom of Bill Moore, a retired dentist, who purchased the property as his first home in the 1980s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough–the region’s only Zinfandel. Rich and creamy entry with dense aromas of dark plum, cotton candy, cured meats and black and blue fruits. This wine is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit, fresh acidity and dusty tannins.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 21, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5-7 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$62

2018 Southern Trail Zinfandel

2018 Southern Trail Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

The historic Silverado Trail runs north/south on the Eastern edge of the entire length of the Napa Valley. The southern section of “The Trail” lies close to the city of Napa and is quickly gaining recognition for producing many elegant, polished, and finely balanced wines from many varieties – red and whites – that speak to the region’s cool and hilly conditions. Zinfandel grows particularly well in the area producing wines with dark fruit and lush texture. The 2018 vintage has aromas of dark plum, cotton candy, blueberry and blackberry. This wine is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit, fresh acidity and dusty tannins.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 21st until October 3rd, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5-7 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$46

2018 Stagecoach Vineyard(R) Zinfandel

2018 Stagecoach Vineyard(R) Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Stagecoach Vineyards(R) in its entirety is no ordinary vineyard location–it is more like its own district in and around Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill, and Oakville that encompasses hundreds of acres of prime mountain vineyards that supply dozens of winemakers with some of their most prized grapes. The 2018 Stagecoach® is a serious red wine that shows the traits of what makes Napa Valley wines renowned and in-demand around the world. Layered, nuanced, sophisticated, and redolent with bold and ripe aromatics. This wine explodes out of the glass with wild blackberries, jasmine blossom, cola, notes of dried sage, wild iris and compote of mixed berries. Firm and succulent mid-palate tannins make for a long and juicy finish. 478 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 19, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5 plus years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$65

2018 Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel

Carneros District, Sonoma County Zinfandel

The Valsecchi Vineyard is named for John Valsecchi, who after a life of dairy work, retired to farm the old Zinfandel vineyard near Sonoma he had purchased that was planted around 1900. Under the prideful and loving care of Valsecchi’s grandson, Ron Mick, the vineyard has survived with its ton or two of grapes going to Biale since 1995. This wine makes you want to take a bite out of it. Strawberry preserves, red plum, cranberry, pastry and lychee are present in the nose of this lovely wine. It has concentrated fruit with a creamy texture and a punch of acidity which makes for a long mouthwatering finish.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 29, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$58

2018 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel

St. Helena Appellation, Napa Valley Zinfandel

At the northern edge of their 40 acres in St. Helena bordering York Creek is a patch of classic head-trained Zinfandel vines that, heading south, connects to a younger block of trellised vines. This wine has rich aromatics of dark plum, black cherry, papaya, tea leaf and root beer. It has a plush and creamy mouthfeel that blankets the entire palate with viscosity and weight. This is a Zinfandel that is drinking beautifully right out of the gate.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 17th and 19th, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

A tremendous Zinfandel that will live a long life and drink beautifully in the shorter term, too.

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$55

2017 Basic Black

2017 Basic Black

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine

The 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 landmark 2017 wine is a co-fermented reserve blend of 28% Tempranillo, 26% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 12% Early Burgundy, and 12% Carignane.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 11 & 13, 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 grapes to perfect ripeness.

Ageability

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$52

2018 Nonna’s Vineyard Sangiovese

2018 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 and flavors 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 your favorite recipes. Drink now or cellar through 2022. Available to Black Chicken Society members.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 26, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

Drink now or cellar through 2025.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$52

2016 Like Father Like Son Red Blend

2016 Like Father Like Son Red Blend

Napa Valley Petite Sirah/Syrah

Aromatics of Blackberry, dark plum, currants, cured meats, black and red licorice, violets, and earthy tones. A full-bodied wine with an Old-World flare which has youthful palate coating tannins and a long and satisfying finish. Some years in the cellar will broaden the palate even further and add more graceful notes to its already broad spectrum of aromas. This sophisticated, layered, seductive, multi-faceted 2016 blend features Petite Sirah from the Jefferson Block on the Biale Ranch in Napa and Old Kraft Vineyard in St. Helena with Syrah from Tjian Vineyard on Atlas Peak and Tempranillo from Varozza Vineyard in St. Helena. Only 300 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 25, 2016-September 25, 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

 

Some years in the cellar will broaden the palate even further and add more graceful notes to its already broad spectrum of aromas.

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$50

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2019 Rosato

2019 Rosato

California Rose

Aromas and flavors of guava, watermelon jolly rancher, cherry blossoms, key lime, Bartlett pear and wet stone. There is a pleasing saliva-inducing tartness, and a savory gentle touch of red wine tannins. Best to drink in its first year of release, these bottles go fast as the season kicks in! Optimum serving temperature: 44 ° F – 56 ° F. Only 200 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 26, 2019

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability

 

Best to drink in its first year of release.

Alcohol

 

13%

Price

 

$34

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2017 E.B.A. (Extended Barrel Aged) Petite Sirah

2017 E.B.A. (Extended Barrel Aged) Petite Sirah

Napa Valley Petite Sirah

At Biale, we use an acronym–E.B.A. –Extended Barrel Aged. In certain vintages we hold back a small number of barrels of our crème de la crème of Petite Sirah to allow for extra development – up to 14 months extra. The extra time in barrel is very kind to the deep fruit and sturdy tannins of Petite Sirah – (well, the right Petite Sirah) adding an extra dimension of fine texture and synthesis with the deep core of dark fruit the grape variety is famous for. Black berry, dark plum, fig, black tea, vanilla, cocoa powder and purple flowers. Soft and weighty entry with opulent black fruits layered with polished tannins that build to a long, wet finish.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 10, 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

 

Some years in the cellar will broaden the palate even further and add more graceful notes to its already broad spectrum of aromas.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$85

2018 Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah

2018 Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah

Calistoga, Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Domenico Barberis came to Calistoga in 1902 and soon thereafter was able to start a vineyard and ranch as well as his large family on a scenic property on Horns Creek. This eastern side of Calistoga features the spectacular geological formation named the Palisades. These dramatic west-facing cliffs are composed of igneous rock and were formed from volcanic upheaval millennia ago. A dramatic vineyard which produces dramatic wines. Deep saturated purple color with dusty notes of minerals, black berry cobbler, dried blueberry, violets, quince and currants. A full/broad tannin structure leads to a long and lingering finish. This masculine Petite Sirah is pleasurable now and built for the long haul. 141 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 29, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

Most optimal drinking within 5 to 8 years.

Alcohol

 

14.9%

Price

 

$58

2017 Petite Sirah Dessert Wine

2017 Petite Sirah Dessert Wine

Napa Valley Petite Sirah

As in traditional Port making, the ripe Petite Sirah grapes were gently crushed by being repeatedly walked around upon in bins or “lagares” for approximately 15 to 20 minutes three times per day by a team of female treaders, or “Treadettes” (as in treading, or, “cavort-ing”). High-proof grape brandy is then added to stop fermentation before dryness at 10 degrees Brix in order to impart the wine’s balanced natural sweetness. The fruit is gently pressed and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 18 months. Inky dark purple, aromatic black currants, blueberry, graham cracker, cedar, hints of clove, mocha, and black tea. Medium sweetness, firm structure, balanced fruit, acidity and alcohol. This wine is made more in a vintage style as opposed to an aged tawny.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 13, 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

 

Drinks beautifully and shows 10-15 years ageing potential.

Alcohol

 

20%

Price

 

$68

2018 Royal Punishers Petite Sirah

2018 Royal Punishers Petite Sirah

Napa Valley Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah was the most commonly planted grape in Napa Valley for nearly a century and now we are witnessing a resurgence and new appreciation for this historic hero variety! Known for its dark color, firm structure, and deep blue and black fruit flavors, it is perfectly suited to Napa Valley’s moderate and dry growing season. The 2018 Royal Punishers has a deep, blackish blue color profile. Aromas of currants, blueberry, quince, violets, figs, molasses and graphite. The entry is weighty with a broad mid-palate structure which has layers of ripe, black fruit flavors. The oak profile is balanced and the tannins are medium grained which hold the fruit profile and carry a long, lingering finish.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

October 19, 2018

Vintage Notes

 

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability

 

Great to drink now, but some cellar ageing will benefit this wine through 2025

Alcohol

 

14.9%

Price

 

$49

2015 Grande Vineyards Magnum

2015 Grande Vineyards Magnum

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Layers of aromatics including red plum, strawberry, graham cracker, peach, dried herbs, currants, and white pepper. Soft entry with medium weight that is fresh and supple. Building tannins with flavors of blackberry, quince and spiced cake.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2, 2015 & September 10, 2015

Vintage Notes

 

Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. In spite of dry conditions, vintners are using words like “quality,” “complexity”, “age-ability”, and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Harvest started and ended with record early dates.

Ageability

 

This wine has a long finish showing great aging potential. 5 to 7 years

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$125