Robert Biale Vineyards

The Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930's – Zinfandel only. Zinfandel, California's adopted grape, was widely planted by immigrants throughout the state's history as a highly flavorful red grape well-suited for its expansive range of arid climates and diverse soils. In the 1940's Aldo Biale sold bottles of illicit homemade Zinfandel known as "Black Chickens" over his party line phone service.

In Napa Valley, market pressure for Cabernet Sauvignon and other French varieties has now made Zinfandel a rare variety comprising less that 3% of the valley's grape production.

Committed to the tradition of farming Zinfandel, Aldo Biale and son Robert decided in 1991 to form a partnership with Marketer Dave Pramuk and set a goal of producing a world-class wine from the oldest Zinfandel vines on the Biale ranch in Napa's Oak Knoll District.

The inaugural wine was a quantity of 400 cases produced from 8 acres of old non-irrigated low-yielding vines called "Aldo's Vineyard." Now, under the direction of Bob Biale, Dave Pramuk, and winemaker Steve Hall, Biale has established itself in the Cabernet Sauvignon saturated Napa Valley as a sort of renegade/ heritage-driven house of Zinfandel – making a series of wines of distinctly different personalities that resonate with the ultimate expressions of their sites – some being among the oldest vineyards in America.

Unusual for Zinfandel, Biale has established a house style utilizing intensive old world Burgundian methodology from vineyard to barrel to bottle that combines elegance and balance, with Zinfandel's natural vibrance and intensity.

With 20 Zinfandels nearly 20 years later, Biale is recognized internationally by writers and sommeliers as being among California's very finest producers of Zinfandel – the wines being featured on A-restaurant wine lists from coast to coast. Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, and Decanter have all lauded Biale as one of California's top practitioners of Zinfandel.

In addition to Zinfandel, Biale is recognized for producing blockbuster and ageworthy red wines from another California heritage variety – Petite Sirah, plus small lots of Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Rhone blends, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2017
Tasting Notes "The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, dried fig, pomegranate, wild black berry, fresh dark flowers, subtle dried herb, toasty brown spices and fruit cake. The entry
Item Number: 32342
Case: $491.40

Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Syrah 2016
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Brooding and distinctive, with dark blackberry, licorice and Chinese five-spice powder flavors that build speed toward big but polished tannins. Best from 2020 through 2025. 1,500 cases made. –TF"  Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Intense deep, dark blue/black color profile.
Item Number: 30920
Case: $467.40

Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2016
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Made mostly from Oak Knoll District fruit, this perennial favorite offers rich tones of mocha, blackberry and cinnamon toast that are balanced by underlying acidity. It's a crowd-pleasing style that strikes a harmonious chord between fruit and structure."  Tasting Notes "The

Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Syrah 2015
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2015 Petite Sirah Royal Punishers is inky purple-black in color with a warm plums, blueberries and cherries-scented nose with touches of spice box, dried herbs and earth. The palate is full-bodied, taut and packed with youthful black fruits, with firm tannins and a spicy

Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2015
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "This perennial favorite lives up to its word-of-mouth goodness, offering fistfuls of blueberry and huckleberry with a juicy length and throughput of acidity. Soft and strong, it's supple, floral and memorable in its deliciousness."  Wine Spectator 90 "Zesty and tightly

Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Syrah 2014
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2014 Petite Sirah Royal Punishers hails from Rutherford and has a wonderfully juicy blackberry and cassis nose with white flowers, licorice and incense. It is full-bodied and opulent without a hard edge to be found. This is a beauty that comes in at 14.9% natural alcohol.

Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Lastly, the 2014 Zinfandel Black Chicken (its name coming from the code name used when ordering a jug of Zinfandel during the Prohibition era) is another relatively big-boned Zinfandel at 15.3% alcohol. Gorgeously proportioned, textured and almost chewy, this stunningly hedonistic

Biale 'Founding Farmers' Zinfandel 2013
" Minerals, dark and red fruits reminiscent of plums, dried strawberries, cherries, prune, are highlighted upon fine-grained tannins, deep and lasting flavors, fresh acidity, and aromatics of dried flowers and brown spices. Round and lovely, the 2012 Founding Farmers will continue to deepen and

Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2013
" The Black Chicken is named after the secret Prohibition call sign for wine when people would call Aldo Biale on the old "party line". They would place their grocery order and ask for a "black chicken" as well. This Zinfandel is the flagship at Robert Biale Vineyards. Aged 14 months in 20% new

Biale 'RW Moore Vineyard' Zinfandel 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 Editor's Choice "From a vineyard east of Napa first planted in 1905, Moore is densely structured and deceptively elegant, all while maintaining an intensity of tart cherry and wild blackberry. Spicy in black pepper and a dusting of cinnamon, it remains vibrant on the palate from

Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Syrah 2013
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Ripe, plush and juicy notes of cherry, wild raspberry and blackberry are impressive for their density and polish, showing aromatic details of violet, sandalwood, orange peel and cobbler, with a long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2030. 1,053 cases made. –MW"  Winemaking:

Biale 'Founding Farmers' Zinfandel 2012
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Made from a mix of vineyards across the Napa Valley, this pays tribute to the early days of grape growing in the region and is a wine equally worthy of recognition. Exhibiting dark cherry stone and wild strawberry aromas, the palate is complex, tannic and round, a subtle

Biale 'Like Father Like Son' Red Blend 2012
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Fragrant, charming and powerful, with dense, chewy tannins at the core and a complex array of flavors. Starts with a baseline of Earl Grey tea, blackberry and huckleberry notes, building with licorice, tomato leaf, cigar box and banana bread nuances that linger on the long

Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2012
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Spicy in black plum and berry fruit, Black Chicken is a consistent blockbuster for Biale, alive and fresh in waves of exotic cinnamon and clove. Built to age 2020–2022, it’ll satisfy in complex black tea and savory toasty oak, an easy wine to love. The grapes are sourced from

Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Syrah 2011
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The 2011 Petite Sirah Royal Punishers’ inky purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, gorgeous volume of fruit, glycerin and power in the mouth, impeccable purity, sweet tannin and enough acidity to provide focus. This is an outrageously

Robert Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2011
89  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89 "Good bright medium red. Perfumed aromas of red berries, spices and pungent orange zest. Juicy, spicy and bright if on the lean side; distinctly more red-fruity than the darker 2010 version. Finishes with a slightly green-peppery quality but very good spicy cut and length. I

Biale 'Moore Vineyard' Zinfandel 2011
" The 2011 Zinfandel R.W. Moore Vineyard is plush, deep and beautifully balanced. The wine opens with a burst of dark fruit that follows through nicely to the creamy, generous finish laced with black cherries, menthol and sweet herbs. This is another strong showing from Biale. Anticipated maturity:

Robert Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "A couple hundred yards away from Aldo's Vineyard, directly behind Aldo's home, is a different vineyard whose grapes produce a different wine with a unique name - Black Chicken.  The name originates from the years after Prohibition when Aldo and his mother Christina Biale farmed

Biale Zinfandel 2009
94  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 94 "The 2009 Zinfandel Old Crane Ranch is a restrained, inward Zinfandel that is still keeping its cards pretty close to the vest. It shows fabulous concentration and richness in its deep layers of fruit, with firm but well-integrated tannins, which provide a framework for a gorgeous

Robert Biale 'Grande' Zinfandel 2006
"This blackish purple wine shows currant, blackberry, dried fruit, molasses, berry jam and vanilla flavors on its luscious mid-palate. Supple, young tannins emerge on the rich and jammy finish." ~ Winery Notes

Robert Biale 'Monte Rosso' Zinfandel 2008
"A dark and sophisticated mix of wild berries, blackberry jam, crushed stone, baking spices, subdued French oak and a signature twist of pepper. Reminiscent of the strong 2001 vintage, this wine should enter its prime for drinking in 4-6 years. Just 577 cases made." ~Winery Notes

Robert Biale 'Royal Punishers' Petite Sirah 2008
93  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 93 "Dense and thickly tannic, but with plenty of oomph to the juicy, ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors, offering white pepper, sage and cedar notes that create a terrific chorus. Despite its boldness, this maintains a sense of refinement, with a long finish. Drink now through

Robert Biale 'Grande' Zinfandel 2009
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Bright red-ruby. Crushed blueberry, black plum, pepper and spices on the slightly high-toned nose; a real essence of zinfandel. Silky on entry, then quite tight and unforthcoming in the middle, showing imploded flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and peppery spices.

Biale 'Old Crane Ranch' Zinfandel 2007
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"A real blockbuster, rich and ripe yet impeccably balanced. Offers aromas of freshly cracked pepper and blackberry, with complex and supple black cherry, toasty dill and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2015. 390 cases made."

Biale 'Napa Ranches' Zinfandel 2007
 "Napa Ranches is a top-notch Zinfandel blend sourced from Aldo's and Black Chicken in Napa, Old Crane in St. Helena, Stagnaro in Calistoga, and Priest Ranch above Chiles Valley. There's also a dollop of Petite Sirah, 18%, from Thomann Station in St. Helena.  Blackish ruby in color, this Zinfandel