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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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