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.
ROBERT BIALE ROYAL PUNISHERS PETITE SIRAH 2017 NAPA VALLEY, RUTHERFORD
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