Robert Biale Vineyards "Black Chicken" Zinfandel 2018 (Napa Valley, California)

Robert Biale Vineyards "Black Chicken" Zinfandel 2018
(Napa Valley, California)

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Sourced from the same family vineyard that Aldo, Nonna, Bob Biale and the Biale family have farmed their whole lives, with additional grapes from our neighboring winery vineyard. The Oak Knoll wine growing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, and subtle dried herbs. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins with a kiss of toasted oak. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel.

Vintage Notes:
Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

Ageability: It is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2017 Vintage):
"From Oak Knoll sites near the winery, this bold red is tight in focused tannins and a firm texture. Lifted red fruit dominates—a mix of cherry and raspberry—dipped in dried herb, baking spice and vanilla oak. Virginie Boone" - (1/1/2020)