Robert Biale 2014 Petite Sirah “Royal Punishers”
The new wave of Petite Sirah winemaking going on
these days is drawing attention and changing the way this grape is regarded. Surging forward is the recognition by winemakers, insiders, wine judges
and critics that Petite Sirah is a time-tested noble grape that is truly
deserving the status as a classic California varietal. Robert Biale has
been producing this varietal for years, and I would say that this might be the
best one he has ever produced and for me it deserves the title of “Petite Sirah
of the Year”!
A little word play, re-arrange the letters of
Royal Punishers to learn the names of Petite Sirah’s parents: Syrah and
SYRAH + PELOURSIN = ROYAL PUNISHERS
The 2014 vintage was a textbook season!
This 2014 Royal Punishers is a plush, pure, and tempting example of Napa Valley
red wine at its highest level: deep, deep blackish blue opaque color,
redolent of blueberry, blackberry liqueur, chocolate, dust and a touch of
vanilla, with faint aromatics of black tea. Full bodied, intense yet extremely
elegant on the mid-palate bursting with bright well-polished fruit that is
extremely harmonious. The firm and velvety tannins make for a gentle giant
of a Petite Sirah that will age gracefully for a decade – or possibly two.
Definitely a wine of which to stock some extra bottles away for long term
2013 Royal Punishers review by Robert Parker 95 Points:
"Another classic from Robert Biale is the 2013 Royal Punishers. This wine, which emerges from a vineyard in Rutherford, has a black/purple color, stunning, almost off-the-charts richness, and a killer finish of nearly a minute. It was aged in 30% new French oak for 17 months prior to bottling. It is an amazing wine that tips the scales at 14.9% alcohol, which is not all that high for a Biale wine, as both the E.B.A. and Like Father Like Son hit 15.5%. This wine should drink well for 10-15 years"
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