Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Napa Valley Zinfandel 2017

$45.99

94 points                                    The Return of the Black Chicken! One of California's most sought-after Zins is back. previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "The Zinfandel Black Chicken (its name coming from the code name used when ordering a jug of Zinfandel during the Prohibition era) is another relatively big-boned Zinfandel at 15.3% alcohol. Gorgeously proportioned, textured and almost chewy, this stunningly hedonistic and fleshy, flamboyant Zinfandel delivers abundant glycerin, fruit, quality and personality. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. ..One of the top Zinfandel specialists in Northern California, Robert Biale’s 2014 Zinfandels are all relatively large-scaled wines, ranging from the mid- to upper-14% alcohol levels to mid-15s." Since 1937, the Biale family has grown Zinfandel along with assorted other varieties on their farm just outside the town of Napa. Their Zins are famous for a certain breed of intensity and power- the kind you get when you restrict yields to only the best, most concentrated, fully ripe fruit each vintage. "Black Chicken" gets its name from Aldo Biale, who used the name as a code word when he started making the wine on the sly in the '40s and didn't want other members of his family to know.  Black Chicken is primarily sourced from Biale's Oak Knoll District ranch estate.  Grab some of this limited gem before it disappears!  

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Dark purple in color with a wide reddish rim. Fruity nose of sweet strawberries, raspberries, cherry pie, wood, licorice, spices, dried fruits, coffee, fresh popcorn, cloves, herbs, chocolates, mocha and black pepper. Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, dried raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, light vanilla and peppercorn. Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries. This is a very enjoyable Zinfandel from Napa Valley. Well balanced and fruit forward with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Not as spicy as I excepted. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours). Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature properly. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. 14.5% alcohol by volume. 91 points. $49.

Dark purple in color with a wide reddish rim. Fruity nose of sweet strawberries, raspberries, cherry pie, wood, licorice, spices, dried fruits, coffee, fresh popcorn, cloves, herbs, chocolates, mocha and black pepper. Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, dried raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, light vanilla and peppercorn. Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries. This is a very enjoyable Zinfandel from Napa Valley. Well balanced and fruit forward with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Not as spicy as I excepted. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours). Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature properly. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. 14.5% alcohol by volume. 91 points. $49.

9.1

Gigi Pan

Very long beautiful finish

Very long beautiful finish

9.3

K L

Excellent zin. Very smooth and drinkable. Not overly fruity. Some spice but not overwhelming. Would get again.

Excellent zin. Very smooth and drinkable. Not overly fruity. Some spice but not overwhelming. Would get again.

9.3

David Walser

I like the the “Black Chicken” story about this wine.

I like the the “Black Chicken” story about this wine.

9.0

Cesar R.

Power and ripe dark berries.

Power and ripe dark berries.

9.3

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