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Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken 2007

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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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2.50 5
02/28/2010

- Tasted 2/27/10


Snooth User: grapelab
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3.50 5
11/17/2009

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.

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Snooth User: Lisa Pozzi
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4.00 5
11/29/2010

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!!


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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4.50 5
01/03/2011

Four and a half glasses


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Red wine 2007 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken USA Region: California Apellation: Napa Valley Zinfandel 750 ml. Free Shipping Insurance


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 2007 - Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Zinfandel - 750 ml.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2007 - Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Zinfandel - 750 ml.


External Review
12/29/2009

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.


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05/01/2009

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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10/25/2010

Robert Biale 07 Black Chicken Zinfandel



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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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