2005 Biale "Royal Punishers" Napa Valley Petite Sirah

SKU #1034855 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Petite Sirah Royal Punishers- inky/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks, and white flowers. Dense, pure, and full-bodied with tremendous vigor and vibrancy, this Petite Sirah is already accessible, and should age effortlessly for 15 or more years. (RP)  (6/2008)

K&L Notes

The Black Chicken may be secret code for one of California's most sought-after zinfandels, but it's Robert Biale Vineyards' investment in petite sirah that is Napa's best-kept secret. Biale has been actively planting petite sirah vineyards in the Napa Valley, transforming the once-famous love child of syrah and peloursin from workhorse to show-horse. Biale's Royal Punishers (an anagram of syrah and peloursin) blends fruit from the Biale ranch, the winery on Big Ranch Road, Carpy/Gamble ranch in Rutherford, Thomann Station and Old Craft vineyards in St. Helena and Caravas vineyard in Calistoga into a concentrated attention-grabber. From its blue-black color to its blueberry fruit, Royal Punishers is a love letter to petite sirah, taming the love struck beast with elegance and polish. Enjoy now with a hearty stake or dark chocolate or stash in the cellar for some softening age, or do both. This is a comeback wine to come back to again and again.


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