Robert Biale sources his Royal Punishers Petite Sirah from Carpy-Connolly Ranch in Rutherford, Napa Valley.  The two grape varieties crossed to create Petite Sirah are Pelousin and Syrah, and Robert Biale’s Royal Punishers got its name from scrambling the letters of both parent grapes. This deep, inky, and powerful red, is appropriately named and deserves its reputation as one of Napa Valley’s Best Petite Sirahs…

Tasting Notes From Edward, “There’s No Comparison, and nothing petite about this Rutherford Monster Red Wine from Napa Valley: other than petite sirah grapes are much smaller than Syrah per se, therefore packing a more concentrated punch in your mouth of lush layers. With aromas of meat, dark fruit and spice… flavors continue with Perfectly Picked Blueberries, and Peppery Ripe Black Plums swirl virtually Seamless across your palate. This is a MEAL IN A BOTTLE my friends, and nearly overwhelming your sensory palate, it’s almost impossible to pair with domestic cuisine… possibly the Best Wine with Meat… think Primal, Pungent, and Powerful. It’s like roasting a Wild Vineyard Boar over a fire made from Old Vines…. damn, that’s a note. Also Riveting, Rooting and Ravishing. Possibly stemming from the Original Vines ever planted on Earth– (Syrah dates back to BC-many claim it’s the 1st Vine planted). Nonetheless, There’s NOTHING in the World like this wine from Napa Valley, really… It’s My Go-To after a Big Cab Tasting, and you should Try it. Case-It-Up, Lock-It-Down, and toast to Many Pours for you and yours! ” CALIHIWINES 95 POINTS

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World-Class Fruit Source from Carpy-Connolly Ranch in Rutherford. The well-drained gravel and sandy loam soils, and warm daytime temperatures are ideally suited for ripening Petite Sirah grapes. The wine team harvested the 2017 vintage in late September, a couple of weeks before the wildfires, and the fruit first was sorted in the vineyard by hand, and again at the winery, keeping only the best berries. They performed punch-downs three times each day during maceration, extracting an incredibly deep, inky color, which is a hallmark of this wine.


Tasting Notes From the Winery, “The 2017 Royal Punishers has a deep, blackish blue color profile. Aromas of dusty currants, blueberry, quince, violets, figs, molasses, graphite and baked rye. The entry is weighty with a broad mid-palate structure which has layers of ripe, black fruit flavors. The oak profile is balanced and the tannins are mouthwatering and medium grained which hold the fruit profile and carry a long, lingering finish.”

From Wine Enthusiast, “This is a dark, brooding wine that’s aged in Burgundian oak for 17 months. The blue and black fruit is lush and ample, built around a core of tannins and toasted oak that work well to accentuate without distraction.” WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS

From James Suckling, “A rich, flavorful red with blackberries, walnuts and a hint of coffee bean. Full body. Polished, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.” JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS

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