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2009 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Grande Vineyard Napa Valley
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(15.5% alcohol; from vines planted in 1920):  Bright red-ruby.  Crushed blueberry, black plum, pepper and spices on the slightly high-toned nose; a real essence of zinfandel.  Silky on entry, then quite tight and unforthcoming in the middle, showing imploded flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate and peppery spices.  Finishes with very smooth tannins that showed a slightly edgy quality with aeration.  Impressive but very young zinfandel, in need of bottle aging.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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