Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken 2009
[91 pts Wine Spectator] Big flavors of mixed warm berries black cherries round tannins mulling spices and a touch of pepper and toasty vanilla. A comforting sipper on its own this fantastic classic also pairs wonderfully with smokey barbecue burgers pizza or hearty pasta. For added softness and aromatics stash a few bottles in a cool cellar for 5-8 years.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken
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. - Winery ** Only 10 in Stock **
The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Zinfandel Black Chicken (16% alcohol) reveals a big, projected nose of black fruits, licorice, and plums. Full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, it is a pure, exotic, hedonistic Zin to enjoy over the nest 5-6 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 3-4 years.
The biggest production wine in this portfolio is the 2007 Zinfandel Black Chicken (3,150 cases). The words "Black Chicken" 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 5-6 years.
The full-throttle, exotic 2002 Zinfandel Black Chicken exhibits aromas of incense, animal fur, black fruits, jammy berries, earth, and pepper. With 16.7% alcohol, this rich, pure, impeccably well-balanced 2002 should drink well for 5-7 years.
Fragrant and complex, with mustard seed, black pepper, raspberry and tangy plum flavors. Crisp structure and cedar tones linger on the earthy finish. Drink now through 2007.