Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Napa Valley Zinfandel 2017

Ratings on Delectable

"Odedi" Delectable Pro

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

Vanessa D

Plush, ripe fruit-forward Zinfandel from Napa Valley. This wine is deep ruby. It has pronounced intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, strawberry, blackberry preserves, and black plum sauce. Also, secondary notes of cedar, vanilla, coconut, and nutmeg. And tertiary notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. On the palate this wine is dry although it has some discernible residual sugar. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and pronounced intensity in concentrated flavors. Flavors include primary notes of ripe black cherry, strawberry, blackberry preserves, and black plum sauce. Also, secondary notes of cedar, vanilla, coconut, and nutmeg. And tertiary notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. The finish is medium(+). This wine has good balance, length, and intensity. It could improve with greater complexity. This is a very good wine that is ready for consumption now.

Plush, ripe fruit-forward Zinfandel from Napa Valley. This wine is deep ruby. It has pronounced intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, strawberry, blackberry preserves, and black plum sauce. Also, secondary notes of cedar, vanilla, coconut, and nutmeg. And tertiary notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. On the palate this wine is dry although it has some discernible residual sugar. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and pronounced intensity in concentrated flavors. Flavors include primary notes of ripe black cherry, strawberry, blackberry preserves, and black plum sauce. Also, secondary notes of cedar, vanilla, coconut, and nutmeg. And tertiary notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco. The finish is medium(+). This wine has good balance, length, and intensity. It could improve with greater complexity. This is a very good wine that is ready for consumption now.

9.0

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

Location

  • 300 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington D.C., DC 20002

  • Hours:
    Monday - Saturday
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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