1999 Robert Biale Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel $38
I love the Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel, but I like this one a lot also. For me, this Zinfandel defines the point where if it is any more ripe or jammy, then I don’t want it. Unfortunately for me and a few others that I know, the mass market wants them with as much jam and raisin character as they can get.
This wine is big and spicy with a lot of blackberry and pepper. It feels wonderful in the mouth, and I shed a tear when the bottle was empty.
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If you enjoyed this one, you might want to try round up a few bottles (Ravenswood’s Monte Rosso is also fairly jammy with some dark chocolate notes and that wonderful pepper that seems to be going away in so many zinfandel).
Gallo bought the Monte Rosso vineyard, and they are no longer selling the grapes. Very sad.