Biale "Black Chicken" Zinfandel
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Biale "Black Chicken" Zinfandel - 2017

Item # 20208 750mL
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

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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Staff Pick Notes

Who would have thought Croatia’s gift would become “America’s grape”? With it’s robust, spicy, dark fruit laden juice, Zinfandel throws Cabernet Sauvignon a gentle shade. The Biale famiglia emigrated from warmer regions of Southern Italy to give us bold, juicy and elegant Zins. The Black Chicken has great depth and complexity with deep notes of cedar, spice and chocolate. With its heavy layers of dark berries like boysenberry, raspberries and cherries, and supple round tannins, the finish is clean, round and lovely. Age worthy or ready to drink, this Zin pairs well with appetizers, spicy barbeque and Latin cuisines.


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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


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