Robert Biale Vineyards in Napa, California produces some of the finest Red Zinfandel found on the planet Earth.
They are a small winery, in today’s world, opting for quality over quantity. Grapes are sourced from a number of different vineyards within Napa. They brand each bottle by its sourced vineyard, and thus, offer a number of different selections.
I had the good fortune to try the 2010 release of Old Crane Ranch.
This is a terrific Red Zinfandel.
An awesome aroma fills the air just opening the bottle, pepper and spice. The bouquet reaches out from a glass an arm’s length away.
Jam and raspberry are prominent on the nose.
The mouth gets an amazing cornucopia of flavors. Initially, plum, blackberry, and raspberry are full on the palate. They are accompanied by almond butter/toffee and a touch of white pepper.
The finish stays with you forever.
This wine has a massive ABV at 15.8%. A touch is present on the nose, but there is no heat whatsoever on the palate, with or without food.
This wine will pair spectacularly with any spicy or barbecue dishes. It also drinks very well on its own without food (I’ve tested this extensively). An amazing feat considering the ABV.
Steve Hall, Biale’s winemaker, is a master with the Zinfandel variety. The wines of Robert Biale Vineyards are among the best I have ever tasted.
This wine cost $50. If you have the opportunity to purchase it, I urge you to do so.