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Robert Biale Party Line Zinfandel


Winemaking came early to Aldo Biale. At the ripe old age of 14 he was already selling illicit homemade wine to help support the family farm following the death of his father. His customers would make orders over the communal “party-line” (a local loop telephone circuit that is shared by multiple households). Aldo was keenly aware of the illegality of this extra income. To cover his tracks Aldo gave his wine a codename: Black Chicken (a cheeky reference to the symbol of Chianti, il Gallo Nero). In 1991 Aldo partnered with his son Robert and marketeer Dave Pramuk to found Robert Biale Vineyards. Their inaugural vintage of 400 cases of wine was made from 3 hectares of old vines called “Aldo’s Vineyard”. When Aldo passed in 2009 the wine world mourned a founding father of Californian wine. Today Robert and Dave work together with winemaker Trester “Tres” Goetting to make agewrothy examples of old-vine Zinfandel from sites around Napa Valley.

The Party Line Zinfandel is an ode to the first Zinfandels that were made by farming families for everyday consumption. The grapes were hand harvested and sorted at the end of September from a selection of vineyards across Napa Valley. After the grapes are crushed and gravity fed into open-top tanks, they are cold soaked for 2 to 4 days. Fermented for 14 to 16 days, the cap is punched down 3 times a day for color and tannins extraction. After being transferred to 25% Burgundian oak barrels, it goes through malolactic conversion and 11 months of ageing.

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