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Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken 2012

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The Return of the Black Chicken One of California s most sought after Zins is back 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

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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

Member Reviews for Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken

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Snooth User: William Djubin
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5.00 5
10/03/2014

Finally I get to taste Biale Zin. Thanks for the pour Mr. Dave Pramuk.! Legendary meeting. 1st Class. Black Chicken Ranch and Monte Rosso USA Zinfandel.


Snooth User: gbbrix
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/20/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: kimberlyaurora
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/15/2012

super peppery. a little too much spice for peppercorn steak. maybe try with lightly peppered steak. intense! enjoyed at el gaucho in bellevue wa


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/03/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2010

Sexy palate, not overly peppery or jammy. Blackberry and black pepper aromas greet you. Layered plum, licorice and roasted sage on the palate. Loamy tannin. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/18/10


Snooth User: Kmedina
76500912
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/10/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 02/28/2010

- Tasted 2/27/10


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External Reviews for Biale Zinfandel Napa Black Chicken

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Good dark red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille and orange peel are lifted by a floral topnote. Smooth and fine-grained on entry, then creamy and concentrated in the middle, with good peppery energy to the dark berry and spice flavors. Richer and darker than the 2011 version, delivering much more stuffing at a similar level of alcohol. Finishes with sweet tannins and very good length.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/08/2014

Plump, juicy, and firm, this is one irresistible bird- a Zinfandel brimming with fruit, spices, and an Oak Knoll District perfume of concentrated blackberry compote, bright raspberries, clove, five spice, black tea, toasted brioche, and notes of caramel and vanilla. Voluptuous, gentle, and yummy as it is, this freshly-bottled wonder has the stuffing for the long haul and is just getting started. The 2012 Black Chicken-if cellared well-will continue to improve for the next 5-8 years and likely well beyond. - WineryWinemaking:The fruit was hand-sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open-top fermentation and punched down three times per day. Pressed to Burgundian oak-20% new. Aged 14 months.Alcohol:15.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/19/2015

Plump, juicy, and firm, this is one irresistible bird- a Zinfandel brimming with fruit, spices, and an Oak Knoll District perfume of concentrated blackberry compote, bright raspberries, clove, five spice, black tea, toasted brioche, and notes of caramel and vanilla. Voluptuous, gentle, and yummy as it is, this freshly-bottled wonder has the stuffing for the long haul and is just getting started. The 2012 Black Chicken-if cellared well-will continue to improve for the next 5-8 years and likely well beyond. - Winery Winemaking: The fruit was hand-sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open-top fermentation and punched down three times per day. Pressed to Burgundian oak-20% new. Aged 14 months. Alcohol: 15.8%


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Spicy in black plum and berry fruit, Black Chicken is a consistent blockbuster for Biale, alive and fresh in waves of exotic cinnamon and clove. Built to age 2020–2022, it’ll satisfy in complex black tea and savory toasty oak, an easy wine to love. The grapes are sourced from the winery’s estate sites within the Oak Knoll District, where it’s based.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Rich, dense and jammy, with aromas of cherry pie and spice. The ripe, layered blackberry flavors show accents of smoky caramel, sage and licorice. For fans of big wines. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:Vibrant purple color, spicy aromas, juicy blackberry and red raspberry fruit; baking spices: anise, clove, juniper berry, white pepper, and cinnamon; relaxed tannins and bouncy acidity.Winemaking:The fruit was hand-sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open-top fermentation and punched down three times per day. Pressed to Burgundian oak - 20% new. Aged 14 months.Alcohol: 15.8%3646 cases made. ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 04/04/2012

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Black Chicken Vineyard 750ml


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