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Biale Black Chicken 2006

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This blackish purple wine shows currant, blackberry, dried fruit, molasses, berry jam and vanilla flavors on its luscious mid-palate. Supple, young tannins emerge on the rich and jammy finish.

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Robert Biale Vineyards:
The 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 the climate. Each harvest, the Biale’s fruit was routinely sold for bulk wine. For decades before the global demand for Napa Valley win... Read more
The 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 the climate. Each harvest, the Biale’s fruit was routinely sold for bulk wine. For decades before the global demand for Napa Valley wine, one winery, the Napa Valley Co-Op winery, processed almost half of Napa’s grapes. Before big companies moved in, most of Napa’s fruit was grown by local farmers like the Biales. In fact, prunes and walnuts were as valuable as grapes in those days, and the Biale farm produced its share along with eggs and vegetables. Committed to the tradition of farming grapes, the Biales decided in 1991 to form a partnership with the goal of producing a world-class wine from the oldest Zinfandel vines on the ranch. The team: Al Perry, winemaking; Dave Pramuk, Marketing; Aldo and Bob Biale farming. The wine, named after longtime farmer Aldo Biale, was called “Aldo’s Vineyard”. The inaugural wine was a quantity of 400 cases produced from about 8 acres of 60-year-old vines. Now, twelve years later, Biale is recognized internationally as being among California’s very finest producers of Zinfandel. Today, a family of wines of distinctly different personalities is produced, with the goal of capturing the ultimate expressions of their sites. Each wine is vineyard designated only in years when it is outstanding. Wines not grown on the Biale ranch are from grapes grown through farming contracts with small independent growers in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Contra Costa. In several cases, vineyards are parcels adjacent to the owner’s home. This involves the Biale/Perry tandem going beyond the normal “tons per acre” agreements to the extent of specifying farming techniques on each site and working personally with the growers to do the careful handwork necessary to ensure uniformly ripe and mature bunches of grapes. Good wines are made but great wines are grown. Biale’s richness, refinement, elegance and balance make the wines a memorable experience with a diverse range of food. And while the wines will age gracefully, Zinfandel is one of the best wines for drinking young. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
09/19/2010

Spicy nose of dark fruit. Dusty. Nice acidity, feels warm on the palate. Briary berry fruit. Bright zin fruit and acidity. - Blind tasted at Schreiner's Winers zin tasting 9/18/10


External Reviews for Biale Black Chicken

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The biggest production wine in this portfolio is the 2007 Zinfandel Black Chicken (3,150 cases). The words ldquo;Black Chickenrdquo; were code words for a bottle of Zinfandel during Prohibition. It is a delicious, fruit-forward, medium to full-bodied effort revealing abundant black raspberry, cherry, and forest floor characteristics. Supple, generous, and opulent, this seductive Zinfandel should drink well for 5ndash;6 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Speaking of the 2008 Zinfandel Black Chicken, it has a beautiful nose of sweet, jammy black cherries and raspberries, a dark ruby/purple-tinged color, and an expansive, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel as well as lots of heady glycerin. This full-throttle, lusty, delicious, silky-textured wine cascades over the palate with no hard edges. It should be drunk over the next 3ndash;4 years.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

The Biale family, immigrants from Northern Italy, began growing grapes in Napa in the 1930's - Zinfandel only. This is a spicy, rich Zinfandel with lots of ripe, dark fruits on the palate.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dense yet sleek, with blackberry and cracked pepper aromas and complex, layered flavors of plum, licorice and roasted sage, finishing with firm, loamy tannins. Needs time. Best from 2012 through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Therersquo;s a lot of power, but this is ripe and supple enough to carry the weight. Has aromas of wild berry, smoke and licorice, with black cherry, blueberry, cracked pepper flavors that finish with loamy tannins. Best from 2009 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2004 Zinfandel Black Chicken (the Prohibition erarsquo;s code word for bootleg wine) tips the scales at 16.5% alcohol. This chicken can partyhellip; as evidenced by the winersquo;s blockbuster perfume of briery fruit, spice box, pepper, sweet currants and cherries, and licorice. Spicy, with fabulous fruit, a full-bodied opulence, loads of glycerin, and a heady finish, it can be drunk now and over the next 5ndash;7 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This blackish purple wine shows currant, blackberry, dried fruit, molasses, berry jam and vanilla flavors on its luscious mid-palate. Supple young tannins emerge on the rich, jammy finish.


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This blackish purple wine shows currant, blackberry, dried fruit, molasses, berry jam and vanilla flavors on its luscious mid-palate. Supple, young tannins emerge on the rich and jammy finish.

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