“This family has been farming Zinfandel in Napa since 1937, and the wines consistently are among the highlights in my Zinfandel tastings.” Robert Parker
We eagerly anticipate the arrival of Biale’s Black Chicken Zinfandel each spring. It consistently rates among the best expressions of the varietal… a real feather in Biale’s cap! As such, it is an annual “must-have” for both those who fancy great Zinfandel, as well as wine collectors in general. “Black Chicken” tops the pecking order of the Biale portfolio. And it emanates from “one of the two or three finest Zinfandel producers in California,” according to Robert Parker.
The classic nature of this Zinfandel has spread worldwide, making it one of the most sought-after Zinfandels on the planet. And you might want to add a little extra to your basket this year, as the 2012 vintage is creating a whirlwind of hype. According to the winery: “this new 2012 may very well be acclaimed by its loyal followers as ‘the best chicken yet’ — we certainly think it is one of our best efforts.”
Gather ye Black Chickens, while ye may!
2012 Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken $44.99 – Buy Here
Winery Notes: “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.”
The wine’s name derives from the code word for the wine that the family used to have during prohibition. (Back then you’d place your order for Biale farm’s produce, and, if you were lucky enough to be an insider, ask that a ‘black chicken’ accompany your fruits and vegetables!) So historically important are the Biale’s to our country’s winemaking heritage that their original punch-down device hangs in the Smithsonian.