Situated in the picturesque Napa Valley, Robert Biale Vineyards is a renowned name in the world of wine, celebrated for its dedication to heritage vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Since its inception, this vineyard has held a deep-rooted respect for historic old vines, some dating back to the 1880s, which yield limited but intensely flavorful fruit.
The hallmark of Robert Biale Vineyards lies in their meticulous farming practices that bring out the expressive terroir of their vineyards. Winemaker David Natali crafts a diverse portfolio of 20 wines, with the flagship Black Chicken Zinfandel setting the standard for the varietal.
The fascinating history of the vineyard traces back to the 1940s when Aldo Biale, at just 14 years old, embarked on a clandestine Zinfandel winemaking operation. Using the code name “Black Chicken” to keep nosy neighbors at bay, Aldo sold his homemade Zinfandel under the radar. This intriguing origin story adds a unique layer of charm to the vineyard’s legacy.
In an era where Zinfandel is gaining newfound respect, Robert Biale Vineyards stands as a testament to the potential of this ancient grape variety. Their commitment to crafting characterful wines from historic sites continues to captivate wine enthusiasts and elevate Zinfandel to new heights. With a rich heritage and an unwavering dedication to quality, Robert Biale Vineyards remains a cherished icon in the world of California winemaking.