2010 Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Napa Valley Zinfandel
Robert Biale knows Zin. 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. Aged for fourteen months in 20% new French oak, the 2010 is everything we like in Zin and then some - inky dark in color, with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, baked plum, black cherry, and molasses, with accents of clove, anise, and white pepper. It's a full-bodied, hedonistic style, but wears the weight well. Enjoy with a hearty beef or game dish.