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2011 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken
- Napa Valley
Community Tasting Notes 51
kenthargis wrote: (88 points)
February 23, 2017 - Much better than the last bottle. Must have been some bottle variation. This is still going strong in terms of fruit, acidity and life. Don't like it as well as some of the other Biale Zins, but it's good. Blackberry flavors. Sits in the back of the mouth for a while. Not hugely complex, but eminently drinkable with pizza to burgers.
night train Likes this wine: (91 points)
February 17, 2017 - I was a little apprehensive about this, thinking that it might be a little too Port-like or raisiny. However, notes I read from three weeks ago led me to believe that it might be over-the-hill, so I decided it was time to try one. It was beautiful - vibrant and racy, but not over-the-top and not over-the-hill, either. Nicely balanced, with plenty of brambly fruit and a really nice finish. Hard to say how much longer it will last, but I can't imagine it getting much better.
kenthargis wrote: (84 points)
January 28, 2017 - Probably waited a little too long for this. Decent still, but not as much life or complexity as I would have hoped for.
AllRed wrote: (91 points)
July 17, 2016 - 38th Annual Zinfandel Retrospective (R&D's): Peppery black fruit, spice and raspberry. Black cherry, brambly dark fruit and pepper on the palate. I always like Biale's Zins- very lush fruit without getting overly ripe and raisiny.1 person found this helpful Comment
ebert Likes this wine: (93 points)
April 3, 2016 - Great earthiness, complexity and good balance. Tasting great right now and tasted great over 3 nights after opening.
Pro Reviews 2
By Stephen Tanzer
May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168 (link)
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By Richard Jennings
2/2/2013 (link) 93 points
(Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken) Medium red violet color; appealing, lavender, tart berry, black currant nose; tasty, tart berry, pepper, tart black currant palate with medium acidity; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish
- Vintage 2011
- Type Red
- Producer Robert Biale
- Varietal Zinfandel
- Designation Black Chicken
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Napa Valley
- Appellation Napa Valley
- UPC Codes 000004339670, 1000000000224, 8022610000449
- Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
- In Cellars 752 (46%)
- Consumed 863 (53%)
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