Aldo’s father Pietro Biale, an immigrant from a village near Genoa, began farming Zinfandel on Mt. Veeder at the Gier Ranch during prohibition, then several years later on their own property in Napa in 1937. For decades, Aldo, Christina, and the Biale family kept their Zinfandel tradition going by preserving and nurturing these nearly 80 year old vines and they are the oldest vines in Oak Knoll. Aromas of ripe strawberries, cinnamon toast, white peach, cola, maple and black cherry. The wine is concentrated yet fresh with an entry that is luxurious and soft. The tannins are supple and round. The wine is remarkably balanced with and elegant mouthwatering finish. It is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time. 300 cases produced. 93+ points awarded by The Wine Advocate.
The 2017 growing season started out with ideal weather conditions. After a very wet winter, there was plenty of moisture available to the vines which made for vigorous canopy growth and a healthy crop load. Summer temperatures were well above average and then a series of heat spikes at the end of the growing season quickly pushed the Zinfandel to perfect ripeness.