2014 Robert Biale, "Black Chicken" Zinfandel, Napa Valley


Press and Tasting Notes

[94 pts Robert Parker] "The 2014 Zinfandel Black Chicken (its name coming from the code name used when ordering a jug of Zinfandel during the Prohibition era) is another relatively big-boned Zinfandel. Gorgeously proportioned, textured and almost chewy, this stunningly hedonistic and fleshy, flamboyant Zinfandel delivers abundant fruit, q ... Read More »

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Featured November 16, 2016


There is still time left to enjoy this California classic for Thanksgiving. If you are not serving Pinot, then you should be pouring this Zinfandel!
    Prohibition may have created the demand, but great wine making created the legendary status of Robert Biale Vineyards.
    Robert Biale Black Chicken is always a Top 100 contender and is one of the most sought after Zinfandels for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Whether you are a Ridge or Turley fan, the 2014 Black Chicken should be part of your Thanksgiving feast!
    In the 1930's, the Biales were farmers who grew vegetables and raised chickens. During Prohibition, they became famous for their bootleg Zinfandel. Produce purchases were often accompanied by clandestine orders for "black chicken," code word for their delicious wine.
    Fast forward to today: The wine is truly delicious boasting all the qualities and nuance that has made it famous year after year.
    Rich flavors of mixed warm berries, black cherries, round tannins, mulling spices, a touch of pepper and toasty vanilla engulf the palate. A comforting sipper on its own, this fantastic classic also pairs wonderfully with the spices and sides that are sure to grace your Thanksgiving table. Read More »



The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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