The Bianchi Winery was started 45 years ago when Glenn Bianchi and his father, Joe, purchased a winery and vineyard on the banks of the San Joaquin River in California's Central Valley. Back then, this area was known primarily for inexpensive jug wines. The Bianchis wanted to change all that - and they did.
Along with another pioneer, Angelo Papagni, they defied the accepted low ranking of Central Valley wines, and created superb wines from here that could rival many from more-heralded areas.
Eventually the Bianchis purchased vineyards in Paso Robles and built a state-of-the-art winery there. It was Glenn's dream to produce ultra-premium wines with finesse and character, and this was his chance.
One grape that has thrived in Paso - unlike a great many that have not - is Zinfandel. Glenn wasted no time in planting this grape, and soon was making the benchmark wine of the region.
Zinfandel has always been the workhorse grape of California. It can grow successfully in almost any wine region in the state. But, when properly placed and cultivated, it can produce absolutely outstanding wine.
This is a classic example, with its deep, brooding color and the slow release of black cherry, plum and strawberry aromas as the wine is swirled in the glass. The flavor expands on the aromas, adding a touch of spice and vanilla, until you reach the finish, which packs a wallop and more.