Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken

Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken


Country:United States

State: California

Region: Napa Valley

Subregion: Oak Knoll District

Varietal:100% Zinfandel


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Back in the Great Depression, Robert’s father Aldo had a chicken and produce farm in Napa, and was secretly growing Zinfandel to sell to a few friends nearby. Because home phone lines were shared in those days, Aldo developed a system to sell his wine in secret. One only needed to call and ask for the “black chicken”, and the wine would be theirs.

Robert still honors this seventy year tradition- though now wine is legal, and this is a great vintage The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, dried fig, pomegranate, wild black berry, fresh dark flowers, subtle dried herb, toasty brown spices and fruit cake. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple, round tannins.