Robert Biale Vineyards
During the 1920s, Pietro and Christina Biale moved to Napa Valley from Northern Italy. They began planting Zinfandel vines on their new property. There are few families in the state with a comparable legacy producing California’s grape.
In the waning years of Prohibition, local residents would visit Pietro and ask for a “black chicken.” This was the code word for a jug of Zinfandel. Aldo, the current patriarch of the family, named one of his Zinfandels after this story.
In 1991, the winery made their first vintage of 400 cases. Zinfandel from 60 year old vines was used for this inaugural wine. The property has since been named “Aldo’s Vineyard,” and is located in the Oak Knoll AVA. In addition to their many Zinfandel bottlings, Biale Winery also makes an excellent Syrah with grapes sourced from Alexander Valley. Al Perry is the winemaker at Biale.
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