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2009 Robert Biale Zinfandel "Black Chicken"

Winery: Robert Biale

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Black Chicken"

Wine Category: Zinfandel

Grape blend: 100% Zinfandel

Region: Oak Knoll

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 3,000

KWG Score: 92.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: August 18, 2011

Wine Review: This opaque and dark purple colored Zin from Biale was a hit with our dinner group. It opens with a fragrant blueberry and boysenberry bouquet. One the palate this wine is fruit forward, rich and balanced. The flavor profile is a delicious extracted black raspberry and boysenberry blend. The finish is dry and its delicious fruit flavors linger for quite some time. I would pair this impressive Zin with veal marsala Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: In 1999 Black Chicken went fully legitimate with the launch of Biale's first bottling. The 2009 with its exquisite expression of Oak Knoll Zinfandel is perhaps our best ever: gushing blackberry fruit, bing cherry, licorice, espresso, dried herb, allspice, turmeric, a little graphite, fleshy ripe tannins and a lasting impression.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Biale 2009 Black Chicken Zinfandel.

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