Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken 2007
- Tasted 2/27/10
I'll take a dozen eggs, a pound of figs & a 'Black Chicken'. So it went at the Biale farm during prohibition when the locals wanted a little illicit Zin. We love subversives. You'll love the jammy fruit.
My favorite wine of the season. Just bought a case for the holidays. I may have to keep it all to myself. Fantastico....veramente eccezionale!!
Four and a half glasses
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He is the Egg Man. True story. In the 1940s when Aldo Biale was a young man, he and his mother, Christina, operated in Napa what was essentially a relocated Italian farm. Walnuts, prunes, vegetables, fruit, white leghorn chickens and eggs, and of course, Zinfandel grapes that had been planted by aldos late father, pietro Biale, were the basic products emanating from the fields along El Centro Avenue. Out in the barn by the coops were hidden barrels of the homemade Zinfandel that Aldo had discovered was worth substantially more than grapes. Besides, Christina and the surrounding family enjoyed wine on a daily basis. Orders for fresh eggs and produce regularly came in over the Biales party line telephone - the old multi-family shared system that was common out in the country in those days. So as not to have customers spill the beans to nosy neighbors that he had illicit Zinfandel for sale, aldo instituted a code name for customers to use on the phone to protect his cover and order a jug of wine -"black chicken". This discreet system for ordering eggs, produce and "black chickens" went on for decades. Even Aldos newly arrived Italian spouse Clementina wasnt sure why customers wanted black chickens. "You want the white ones - they are better," the English-learner advised in her best phone sales pitch. "Just tell Aldo," came the regulars replies. And what a deal - free delivery on Friday nights - Aldo in his blue 1940 Studebaker. (Come by to see this restored beauty, which Aldo sometimes parks at the winery!) Black Chicken went legit in 1999 when we bottled our first one from the vines out by the coops behind Aldo and Clementinas home. The 2007 comes in, after a series of beauties, showing all the ripe forward gushing Zinfandel fruit that makes you love Zinfandel: big flavors of mixed warm berries, black cherries, round tannins, mulling spices and a touch of pepper, and toasty vanilla. A comforting sipper or served with smoky barbecue, burgers, pizza, or hearty pasta, savoring Napa Valley Zinfandel this good is memorable. For added softness and aromatics, stash a few bottles in a cool cellar for 2-3 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.
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