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2013 Robert Biale Petite Sirah "Royal Punishers"

Winery: Robert Biale

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Royal Punishers"

Wine Category: Petite Sirah

Grape blend: 100% Petite Sirah

Region: Rutherford

State or country: CA

Price: $42

Cases produced: 1,052

KWG Score: 95.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (96)

Review date: September 8, 2016

Wine Review: If you are going to just sit down and drink a red wine, this is an Excellent choice to consider. This opaque and midnight purple colored Petite Sirah from Robert Biale opens with an inviting mild blueberry and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very well balanced and super smooth. The flavor profile is a delicious boysenberry and blueberry blend with nicely integrated gentle minerality and mild oak. I also detected hints of blackberry. The finish is dry and its fruit, acidity and refined moderate tannins linger and last for quite some time. This wine is a perfect fall sipper to enjoy with your favorite wine loving friends. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Perfumey fruit with the classic Royal Punishers generous and mouth-watering tannins, it is unbelievably soft for a Petite Sirah. It has that extra dimension of umami flavor we always get from Rutherford Petite Sirah. Opaque black-black blue, thickly textured, black fruits, tree fruit, dried apricot, blackberry pastry, mocha, espresso crema, dusty, toasty, brushy, mouth-coating well-mannered tannins, bright juicy acidity, subdued oak and dark spices – maybe a touch of clove and pepper.

Organic status: not organic

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