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2017 Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1405191 91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From Oak Knoll sites near the winery, this bold red is tight in focused tannins and a firm texture. Lifted red fruit dominates—a mix of cherry and raspberry—dipped in dried herb, baking spice and vanilla oak. (VB) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Zinfandel Black Chicken is medium to deep garnet-purple colored with broody tar, baked black fruit, plums and blueberry preserves with notes of exotic spices and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied, lively, chewy... (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Layers of sweet blueberry flavor and brown tones of oak intermingle in this spicy, candied Zin. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

The Return of the Black Chicken! 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. Black Chicken is primarily sourced from Biale's Oak Knoll District ranch estate. Winery notes: "Sourced from the same family vineyard that Aldo, Nonna, Bob Biale and the Biale family have farmed their whole lives, with additional grapes from our neighboring winery vineyard. The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel."


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