Robert Biale Vineyards produces Zinfandels, Petite Sirahs, Syrahs, and various blends of all out of Napa Valley, California.
The name Royal Punishers is an anagram for the parents of Petite Sirah. The father being Syrah, and the mother, being Peloursin.
The 2009 Royal Punishers was 100% Petite Sirah. The wine was aged in French oak (20% new) for 14 months and carried an ABV of 15.7% (hefty!). The winery produced a total of 325 cases of this vintage.
It is not secret I am a fan of many Biale wines. We can now add Royal Punishers to that list.
Prior to tasting, the wine was decanted for one hour.
This wine had an amazing nose. My first thought was blueberry, no, that wasn’t quite right. Blueberry pie, that was it. Absolutely amazing. Behind the blueberry, blackberry, and chocolate came through.
A sip found tremendous complexity, surrounded by blackberry, blueberry, and chocolate. Unlike the Biale Zinfandels, the fruit flavors had none of the jamminess of that variety. Despite the high alcohol, there was no heat at all coming through.
The finish was medium, bringing more of the blueberry, some spice, and smooth tannins. Again, this was so much more complex than their Zinfandels
As the wine continued to open up, it turned into what I can only describe as a delicious blueberry bomb. A tremendous nose and the flavor explosion on the palate was out of this world good. As the finish concluded, it begged for me to take another taste (I obliged!).
The 2009 Robert Biale Royal Punishers retails in the $39 range. If you are fortunate enough to find some, I would highly recommend you give it a try.