Robert Biale Vineyards produces some of the best Zinfandels in Napa Valley.
Zappatore is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah (percentages unavailable).
The wine is sourced from the Mount Helena Appellation within Napa.
This was one great bottle of wine!
It was a PNP at home.
Nose was full of jam and blackberry.
Taking a sip, I found blackberry, spice, and a subtle hint of smoke. There was so much more going on underneath. This wine was delicious.
It had a moderate finish, which brought with it a bit of pepper. Typical of most Biale products, this wine carries a hefty ABV of 15.5%. Despite the high level, the alcohol didn’t come through on the nose or the taste. I did feel a touch on the finish.
While jam and blackberry were at the forefront, this was not a sweet wine. The combination of flavors can only be described as warm, deep, and complex. The glass beckoned for another taste (I obliged!).
I paired this with some spicy, chicken wings, and followed it up with barbecued pulled pork. Biale Zins and spicy/barbecue are a match made in heaven. Try this one or any Biale Zinfandel with your next BBQ! (No, I don’t work for the company, I just love their wine!).
The wine retails for about $42. There is virtually no supply. If you find it, buy it!