Price: $85.00

 

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

 

 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, Cristina, and the Biale family kept their Zinfandel tradition going by preserving and nurturing these 80-year-old vines and they are the oldest vines in Oak Knoll. As was the practice in the old days, a sprinkling other varieties are found throughout the vineyard: Petite Sirah, Abouriou, Carignane, Grand noir, Tempranillo, Refosco, Alicante and even Golden Chasselas. With this 2018 vintage, the Oak Knoll wine growing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. Aromas of ripe strawberries, lavender, dried flowers, white peach, maple and black cherry. The wine has a fresh entry and tannins that 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.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 27, 2018

Alcohol: 14.8%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-7 years.

2018 Aldo's Vineyard Zinfandel (14.8% Alc)