Zinfandel

2015 Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Zinfandel

Full of vibrant strawberries, dried flowers, peach pith, crème fresh and spiced gumdrops. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple, round tannins. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and is remarkably balanced. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

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Harvest Dates

 

September 16, 2015

Vintage Notes

 

Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. In spite of dry conditions, vintners are using words like “quality,” “complexity”, “ageability”, and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Harvest started and ended with record early dates.

Ageability

 

Immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

Alcohol

 

14.7%

Price

 

$80

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2016 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

Sonoma County Zinfandel

Layers of aromas including red fruits, dried herbs, orange rind, vanilla, cocoa powder, parsnips and earthy tones. This wine is medium bodied with opulent broad spectrum tannins that hit every corner of the palate. This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years. Only 273 cases produced. Watch winemaker tasting notes. Pre-sold Out to Black Chicken Society Members

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Harvest Dates

 

September 9, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$52

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2016 Black Chicken Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, dried fig, pomegranate, wild black berry, fresh dark flowers, subtle dried herb, toasty brown spices and fruit cake. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple, round tannins. Watch winemaker tasting notes.

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Harvest Dates

 

September 2-29, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and remarkably balanced Zinfandel that is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5 to 7 more years of cellar time.

Alcohol

 

14.7%

Price

 

$48

2016 Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Aromas of apricot, pink taffy, yellow plum and dried strawberry. Medium bodied with light delicate tannins and a snappy acidity. This is a wine which will pair well with many fares. Only 95 cases produced. Fall 2018 Release

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Harvest Dates

 

September 12, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.3%

Price

 

$58

2016 Founding Farmers Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

This delicious Zinfandel is a tribute to the wine pioneers of Napa Valley who were the first to plant Zinfandel. The mature and old vines in St. Helena produce a Zinfandel that is very aromatic with notes of Bing cherries, red plum, red licorice, cinnamon, and rich spices. The wine has a fresh and clean entry with fleshy tannins that envelope the palate. A beautiful oak profile with a lush mouth feel and feminine qualities make this wine very approachable. The finish is long and has a juicy mouthwatering character. 90 points awarded by California Grapevine. Only 271 cases produced.

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Harvest Dates

 

September 6-14, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$38

2015 Grande Vineyards Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Layers of aromatics including red plum, strawberry, graham cracker, peach, dried herbs, currants, and white pepper. Soft entry with medium weight that is fresh and supple. Building tannins with flavors of blackberry, quince and spiced cake. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2, 2015 & September 10, 2015

Vintage Notes

 

Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. In spite of dry conditions, vintners are using words like “quality,” “complexity”, “age-ability”, and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Harvest started and ended with record early dates.

Ageability

 

This wine has a long finish showing great aging potential.

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$52

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2016 Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel

Russian River Appellation, Sonoma County Zinfandel

Inky in color with attractive aromatics. Wild blackberry, cola, tobacco leaf, molasses cinnamon and graham cracker. A lively entry with the weight of bold fruit and a popping acidity lends itself to a long and mouthwatering finish. This is a very age worthy wine. 93 points awarded by California Grapevine. Only 92 cases produced.

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Harvest Dates

 

September 6, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 2-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$60

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2015 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

Moon Mountain, Sonoma County Zinfandel

Full of exotic and red fruit aromatics as well as cinnamon, wild iris, pomegranate, toasted oats, mixed dried fruits, blueberry and ginger bread. A lively entry with good weight enhances the minerality and the zesty, natural acidity of this wine. The 2016 vintage will be released Fall 2018

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 20, 2015

Vintage Notes

 

Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. In spite of dry conditions, vintners are using words like “quality,” “complexity”, “ageability”, and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Harvest started and ended with record early dates.

Ageability

 

Drinks beautifully now and shows 8-10 years ageing potential.

Alcohol

 

14.2%

Price

 

$62

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2016 Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel

St. Helena Appellation, Napa Valley Zinfandel

This is a fragrant wine with hints of tropical fruits, peppermint, orange rind, pomegranate, clove and vanilla bean. The 2016 Old Kraft Zinfandel has a luxurious palate with a silky entry and gentle tannins that build into a lengthy finish. 91 points awarded by California Grapevine. Only 443 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

August 29, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th – just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

Drinks beautifully now and shows 7-10 years ageing potential

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$52

2015 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Sonoma County Zinfandel

Blackberry, blueberry, ripe plum, apricot, fig, baking spices, cola, graham cracker and toasted vanilla oak. An integrated package of fat tannins and pleasing taut acidity. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 24, 2015

Vintage Notes

 

Early harvest yields high quality wine grape crop. In spite of dry conditions, vintners are using words like “quality,” “complexity”, “ageability”, and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Harvest started and ended with record early dates.

Ageability

 

This is a big structured Zinfandel to watch develop over months and years to come.

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$52

2016 R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel

Coombsville, Napa Valley Zinfandel

Rich and dense aromas of both black and blue fruits. Dark chocolate, toffee, black tea and fresh herbs are also present. This wine has a graceful texture and is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit and fresh acidity. This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5-7 years. 92 points awarded by California Grapevine. Watch winemaker tasting notes.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 20, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked. Only 428 cases produced. Available: February 20, 2018

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-7years.

Alcohol

 

15%

Price

 

$58

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2016 Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel

Carneros District, Sonoma County Zinfandel

This wine makes you want to take a bite out of it. Strawberry, rhubarb, lychee, pastry, turmeric and herb de Provence are present in the nose of this lovely wine. It has concentrated fruit with a creamy texture and a punch of acidity which makes for a long refreshing finish. 91 points awarded by California Grapevine. Only 95 cases produced. Wine Club Exclusive.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 12, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$58

2016 Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel

St. Helena Appellation, Napa Valley Zinfandel

This wine has a dark fruit profile with black cherry, dark plum, black tea, rye bread and earthy tones. It has a plush mouthfeel and a graceful texture. Varozza Zinfandel has a devout following among the “Biale Beloved” and this 2016 will not disappoint. This is a tremendous Zinfandel that is drinking beautifully right out of the gate. 90 points awarded by California Grapevine. Only 345 cases produced.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 6th and 14th, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. A relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. The season wrapped up beautifully as the first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th–just after the last of our grapes were picked.

Ageability

 

A tremendous Zinfandel that will live a long life and drink beautifully in the shorter term, too.

Alcohol

 

14.6%

Price

 

$52