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Seth’s Pick: Robert Biale ‘Black Chicken’ Zinfandel Napa 2015

 

Body: Full (pretty much as big as they get)
Fruit: blueberry, black cherry, plum, baking spices with cedar and thyme notes
Food Pairings: grilled meats, bbq ribs, spiced foods, red sauce pasta, curry
Organic: no

Robert Biale‘s father, Aldo, started making wine on the “down low”  to make ends meet in the 1940’s. Back then they had a party phone line (what’s that, right?) so he used the code phrase ‘Black Chicken” to mean his Zinfandel as opposed to his actual chickens which he raised and sold.

In 1991 Robert launched his wines and decided to honor his father with this wine. Though they are not organic, they do use organic products and take great care in their Oak Knoll vineyards. It is a powerhouse of a wine and falls on the massive example of Californian Zinfandel. But oh, what a treat. Hedonistic. Decadent. Soft. Yum.

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