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Biale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2018
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This is a red wine imageBiale 'Black Chicken' Zinfandel 2018

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Vinous Media 95
"The 2018 Zinfandel Black Chicken is dense and explosive in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, cloves, new leather, licorice and earthy notes abound. This is an especially potent, brooding Zinfandel, with all of its elements in total harmony. Drink it over the next 10-20 years.-- Antonio Galloni"

Wine Enthusiast 94 Editor's Choice
"The producer’s marquee wine and a nod to its long-standing ties to farming, this is fresh and earthy in notes of crushed ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #38382
Shelf at store:5e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 95
"The 2018 Zinfandel Black Chicken is dense and explosive in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, cloves, new leather, licorice and earthy notes abound. This is an especially potent, brooding Zinfandel, with all of its elements in total harmony. Drink it over the next 10-20 years.-- Antonio Galloni"

Wine Enthusiast 94 Editor's Choice
"The producer’s marquee wine and a nod to its long-standing ties to farming, this is fresh and earthy in notes of crushed rock, slate, dried herb and black pepper. The fruit is layered and sumptuous in flavors of raspberry and black cherry, while supple tannins and a hint of toasted oak provide framing. Editors’ Choice. —V.B."

Vinepair 93 Top 100 #29
"From Robert Biale Vineyards, a Napa winery known for its Zinfandel, this wine is a great gift for an outdoor party or your next barbecue. It is balanced, full-bodied, and has notes of oak and ripe blackberries.”

Tasting Notes
"The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, dried fig, pomegranate, wild black berry, fresh dark flowers, subtle dried herb, toasty brown spices and fruit cake. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple, round tannins. Watch winemaker tasting notes."

The Wine
"The Black Chicken is named after the secret Prohibition call sign for wine when people would call Aldo Biale on the old "party line". They would place their grocery order and ask for a "black chicken" as well. This Zinfandel is the flagship at Robert Biale Vineyards. Aged 14 months in 20 new French oak.

The Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930s Zinfandel only. Zinfandel, Californias adopted grape, was widely planted by immigrants throughout the states history as a highly flavorful red grape well-suited for its expansive range of arid climates and diverse soils. In the 1940s Aldo Biale sold bottles of illicit homemade Zinfandel known as Black Chickens over his party line phone service.

In Napa Valley, market pressure for Cabernet Sauvignon and other French varieties has now made Zinfandel a rare variety comprising less that 3 of the valleys grape production.

Committed to the tradition of farming Zinfandel, Aldo Biale and son Robert decided in 1991 to form a partnership with Marketer Dave Pramuk and set a goal of producing a world-class wine from the oldest Zinfandel vines on the Biale ranch in Napas Oak Knoll District.

The inaugural wine was a quantity of 400 cases produced from 8 acres of old non-irrigated low-yielding vines called Aldos Vineyard. Now, under the direction of Bob Biale, Dave Pramuk, and winemaker Steve Hall, Biale has established itself in the Cabernet Sauvignon saturated Napa Valley as a sort of renegade/ heritage-driven house of Zinfandel making a series of wines of distinctly different personalities that resonate with the ultimate expressions of their sites some being among the oldest vineyards in America.

Unusual for Zinfandel, Biale has established a house style utilizing intensive old world Burgundian methodology from vineyard to barrel to bottle that combines elegance and balance, with Zinfandels natural vibrance and intensity.

With 20 Zinfandels nearly 20 years later, Biale is recognized internationally by writers and sommeliers as being among Californias very finest producers of Zinfandel - the wines being featured on A-restaurant wine lists from coast to coast. Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, and Decanter have all lauded Biale as one of Californias top practitioners of Zinfandel.

In addition to Zinfandel, Biale is recognized for producing blockbuster and ageworthy red wines from another California heritage variety Petite Sirah, plus small lots of Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Rhone blends, and Sauvignon Blanc. " ~ Winery notes

Robert Biale Vineyards

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Robert Biale VineyardsThe Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930's – Zinfandel only. Zinfandel, California's adopted grape, was widely planted by immigrants throughout the state's history as a highly flavorful red grape well-suited for its expansive range of arid climates and diverse soils. In the 1940's Aldo Biale sold bottles of illicit homemade Zinfandel known as "Black Chickens" over his party line phone service.

In Napa Valley, market pressure for Cabernet Sauvignon and other French varieties has now made Zinfandel a rare variety comprising less that 3% of the valley's grape production.

Committed to the tradition of farming Zinfandel, Aldo Biale and son Robert decided in 1991 to form a partnership with Marketer Dave Pramuk and set a goal of producing a world-class wine from the oldest Zinfandel vines on the Biale ranch in Napa's Oak Knoll District.

The inaugural wine was a quantity of 400 cases produced from 8 acres of old non-irrigated low-yielding vines called "Aldo's Vineyard." Now, under the direction of Bob Biale, Dave Pramuk, and winemaker Steve Hall, Biale has established itself in the Cabernet Sauvignon saturated Napa Valley as a sort of renegade/ heritage-driven house of Zinfandel – making a series of wines of distinctly different personalities that resonate with the ultimate expressions of their sites – some being among the oldest vineyards in America.

Unusual for Zinfandel, Biale has established a house style utilizing intensive old world Burgundian methodology from vineyard to barrel to bottle that combines elegance and balance, with Zinfandel's natural vibrance and intensity.

With 20 Zinfandels nearly 20 years later, Biale is recognized internationally by writers and sommeliers as being among California's very finest producers of Zinfandel – the wines being featured on A-restaurant wine lists from coast to coast. Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, and Decanter have all lauded Biale as one of California's top practitioners of Zinfandel.

In addition to Zinfandel, Biale is recognized for producing blockbuster and ageworthy red wines from another California heritage variety – Petite Sirah, plus small lots of Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Rhone blends, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Black Chicken

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