Zinfandel

2017 Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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. Aromas of ripe strawberries, cinnamon toast, white peach, cola, maple and black cherry. The wine is concentrated yet fresh with an entry that is luxurious and soft. The tannins are supple and round. The wine is remarkably balanced with and elegant mouthwatering finish. It is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time. 300 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.9%

Price

 

$85

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2017 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 2017 vintage shows aromatics of stone fruits, Greek yogurt, orange rind, blueberry, cocoa powder, and earthy tones. A lively entry and medium body with opulent broad-spectrum tannins lead to a long juicy finish. Only 174 cases produced.

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Harvest Dates

 

September 9, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$55

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2017 Black Chicken Zinfandel

2017 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 winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2-29, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$49

2017 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 Bing cherry, yellow plum, dried strawberry 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 20 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 12, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.3%

Price

 

$58

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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. The 2017 vintage to be released in late fall 2019.

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%

Price

 

$100

2017 Founding Farmers Zinfandel

2017 Founding Farmers Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

The mature and old vines in St. Helena produce a Zinfandel that is very aromatic with notes of black cherries, dark plum, red licorice, pomegranate, orange zest, and cocoa powder. The wine has a fresh and clean entry with subtle tannins. A beautiful oak profile and feminine qualities make this wine very approachable. The finish is long and has a juicy mouthwatering character. Pre-sold out to Black Chicken Society members.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 6th and 14th, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$38

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2017 Grande Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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, strawberry, rhubarb, graham cracker, red apple, 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. 425 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2, 2017 & 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

 

This wine has a long finish showing great aging potential.

Alcohol

 

14.5%

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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2017 Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 wild blackberry, cola, tobacco leaf, molasses cinnamon and graham cracker. 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 94 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 30, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.5%

Price

 

$60

2017 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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. This vintages shows Aromas of nectarine, Bing cherry, red vine licorice, wild iris, rhubarb and vanilla bean. A lively entry with good weight enhances the minerality and the zesty, natural acidity of this wine. Mountain tannins assure us of this wines graceful aging potential. 300 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 30, 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 now and shows 8-10 years ageing potential.

Alcohol

 

14.3%

Price

 

$70

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2017 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 1890’s, 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 hints of tropical fruits, cinamon, orange rind, white pepper and vanilla. The 2017 Old Kraft Zinfandel has a light and fresh entry and gentle tannins that build into a lengthy finish. Only 417 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 29, 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. Only 417 cases produced.

Ageability

 

Drinks beautifully now and shows 7-10 years ageing potential

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$55

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2016 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

2016 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. The 2016 vintage has beautiful dark color with aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, tobacco, fig, chocolate, prosciutto and toasted vanilla oak. Dark fruits meet red fruits (rhubarb and pomegranate) 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. 200 cases produced. The 2017 vintage will not be released due to the quality being compromised from the 2017 fires.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 24, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$52

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2017 R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 1980’s. This is the oldest vineyard in Coombsville and amazingly enough–the region’s only Zinfandel. Rich and dense aromas of both black and blue fruits. Dark chocolate, toffee, crème brulee, and fresh herbs are also present. This wine has a graceful texture and is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit and fresh acidity. 92 Points Awarded by Wine & Spirits

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 9, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

15%

Price

 

$60

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2017 Stagecoach Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 Stagecoach Vineyard Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Stagecoach Vineyards 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 2017 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. This is a Zinfandel to drink and keep for five years or more. 498 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$62

2017 Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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 2017 vintage makes you want to take a bite out of it. Strawberry, red plum, rhubarb, lychee, pastry and herbes de Provence 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. Only 80 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 12, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$58

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2017 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel

2017 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. The 2017 vintage has rich aromatics of black cherry, dark plum, jasmine tea leaf, root beer and graham cracker. It has a plush and creamy mouthfeel that blankets the entire palate with viscosity and weight. This is a decadent Zinfandel that is drinking beautifully right out of the gate. Only 332 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 6th and 14th, 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$55

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