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Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2014

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% 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 blackberry 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.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lastly, the 2014 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.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
According to my tasting journals, with thousands of wine notes over the decades, Robert Biale Vineyards has often made some of the very best Zinfandels. The 2012 Black Chicken— one of my consistent favorites—is a big, rich red wine, with plenty of oomph. Its combination of red and blue fruits, tar and earth, and sweet tannins makes it a perfect treat with BBQ brisket. (Tasted: February 25, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
W&S 91
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As a teenager in the 1940s, Aldo Biale began selling zinfandel from vines his late father had planted in the flatlands just above the town of Napa. His mother’s phone was a party line, so he had to hide the fact he was selling wine without a license when he took orders for the family’s produce, chicken and the jug wine he made in the barn. He started calling it Gallo Nero, the symbol for wine in Chianti, which eventually morphed into calls for “black chicken,” jugs he’d deliver in his 1940 Studebaker sedan. In 1991, Aldo helped his son found Robert Biale Vineyards, which makes legal zin from the same vines—dating to 1937—along with successive plantings and a neighboring vineyard in Oak Knoll. This 2014 has the plumpness of ripe cherries, with deep, earthy richness edged in the warmth of alcohol and some dimpled fruit. There’s a sweet scent of Manzanita that places it firmly in Napa Valley.
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Perfecting the old California classics, Robert Biale Vineyards has become a revered standard of heritage Vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Napa Valley. Napa natives, school chums, and winery Founders, Bob Biale and Dave Pramuk, cherish the tradition of historic old vines (some dating to the 1880’s!) and prize the small quantity of concentrated and intense fruit that they produce. Diligent farming, expressive terroir, and superb elegance are the winery’s hallmarks. Among the winery’s portfolio of 20 wines that are crafted by winemaker Tres Goetting, Black Chicken Zinfandel is the flagship – and has become a benchmark for the varietal.

It all started in the 1940’s when 14-year-old Aldo Biale helped his mother to make ends meet by selling to insider Napans – along with eggs and produce -some of the family’s homemade Zinfandel. Over the old “party line” phone system, the code words “a Black Chicken” signified a jug of bootleg wine…and kept nosy neighbors and the authorities from finding out about Aldo’s underground Zinfandel operation!

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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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