Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012 Front Label

Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2012

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750ML / 15.8% ABV
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750ML / 15.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Plump, juicy, and firm, this one is irresistible bird- a Zinfandel brimming with fruit, spices, and an Oak Knoll District perfume of concentrated blackerry compote, bright raspberries, clove, five spice, black tea toasted brioche, and notes of caramel and vanilla. Voluptuous, gentle, and yummy as it is, this freshly-bottled wonder has the stuffing for the long haul and is just getting started. The 2012 Black Chicken- if cellared well- will continue to improve for the next 5-8 years and likely well beyond.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Rich, dense and jammy, with aromas of cherry pie and spice. The ripe, layered blackberry flavors show accents of smoky caramel, sage and licorice. For fans of big wines. Drink now through 2018. 6,000 cases made.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Ever since I can remember, I have always loved the Robert Biale Zinfandels. The 2012 Black Chicken is pretty fine. A big boy, no less, this one accurately depicts red raspberries that are wild and free-flowing; full bodied and extracted on the palate, this wine plays with fine elegance as it ends up with plenty of fruit in the end. Pair with grilled white meat on a rainy day.
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Robert Biale Vineyards, California
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The Biale Zinfandel tradition began in the 1930's when Pietro Biale, an immigrant from Genoa, began planting Zinfandel (a variety we now know is from Croatia and a favorite of pioneer California winemakers) on his farm in the town of Napa in 1937.

Since that first commercial vintage in 1991 the winery has created a series of a dozen small-vineyard Zinfandels from other historic family vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and, under the direction of new winemaker Steve Hall, has become regarded by collectors, "Zin geeks", authors, wine writers, and sommeliers as among the very finest and most sought after producers of Zinfandel - being dubbed in 2010 by Wine Spectator as Zinfandel Grand Masters. The experts concur: Biale, along with a few select producers, has elevated California Zinfandel to that of internationally recognized status.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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