At the risk of repeating myself, Robert Biale Vineyards produces some of the best red Zinfandel found on the planet Earth.
Biale Vineyards sources grapes from a number of locations within Napa, and brands each selection or a blend under a different label.
This wine was 100% Zinfandel. Its grapes were sourced from a four-acre Zinfandel site, The Biale Block, at the Stagecoach ranch above Oakville in Napa, California.
When it comes to Zinfandel, the 2009 Stagecoach is one of the best I have ever tasted.
Initial notes on the nose were jam, berries (lots of them – blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, berries I didn’t even know existed!), and white pepper. As the wine opened, the berries were consistently there in a very, pleasant manner.
When I took a sip, I can only describe it as a berry explosion (in a good way!). Strawberry took the lead, followed up by blackberry. Jam and spice notes also came into play. Please, don’t take my comments (berry talk) the wrong way. This was not a sweet wine at all. The berry flavor was there, but the 15.6% ABV broke down any sweetness. It was chewy and juicy, flavorful goodness. Despite the ABV, this wine was not hot at all. It was a pleasure to consume.
The finish was long and lingering, with more…..berries.
The great thing about Robert Biale Zins is you can enjoy them with or without food. They drink marvelously on their own. Pair them with BBQ or spicy dishes and you will not be disappointed.
The 2009 Stagecoach cost me $45. Pricey for a Zinfandel, but production was extremely limited. If the opportunity presents itself, I highly recommend you acquaint yourself with this wine.
Have a berry good day (or evening)!