2010 Robert Biale “Rocky Ridge” Zinfandel
$55 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
This wine is from one of the most respected prolific zinfandel producers in the state using fruit from one of the premiere zinfandel vineyards in California. Do I need say more than “Black Chicken”? This wine is an explosive mouthful, and don’t even think about pairing it with anything less than a cowboy steak or a full rack of spicy, sticky pork ribs.
On top of that, it’s harder to find than Screaming Eagle. Just 290 cases were produced, and of the 10 cases available, Carpe Vino snagged seven. At $55 per bottle, they’re not giving this juice away, but consider this statement from the wine broker who represents the brand: “Take one sip of this stuff and we’ll be scraping you off the floor with a spatula.”
Winery Tasting Notes: “Right up front, quartz-like crystalline stone and pure berry aromas give way to toasted pecan and subtle spice and yet more fruit notes such as dry apricot, citrus, boysenberry, and black raspberry. This is a Zinfandel to keep and enjoy over the next 5 to 7 years.”
TMI: Aged 14 months in 20% new “Burgundian” oak; 15.8% alcohol (Zowie! You won’t get this at Corti Brothers); 290 cases produced.
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