Zinfandel

2016 Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Zinfandel

Aldo’s father Pietro Biale, an immigrant from a village near Genoa, began farming Zinfandel on Mt. Veeder at the Gier Ranch during prohibition, then several years later on their own property in Napa in 1937. For decades, Aldo, Christina, and the Biale family kept their Zinfandel tradition going by preserving and nurturing these nearly 80 year old vines and they are the oldest vines in Oak Knoll. The OKD wine growing region is prevalent in this wine with its dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. Aromas of ripe strawberries, lavender, dried flowers, pear tarte tatin, maple and black cherry. The wine is concentrated yet fresh with an entry that is luxurious and pillowy soft. The tannins are supple and round. The wine is remarkably balanced with and elegant mouthwatering finish. 325 cases produced. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 10, 2016

Vintage Notes

 

The 2016 growing season was near-perfect with an early start and ideal weather conditions throughout. With 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

 

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

Alcohol

 

14.9%

Price

 

$85

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

This historic little vineyard of head-trained vines at the edge of town in Calistoga was planted by immigrant Argentina Falleri in 1924. The vineyard was maintained by Argentina’s daughter Olivia and today is cared for by Argentina’s granddaughter, Sonya Spencer. 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 50 cases were produced from this relic of Calistoga history. 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

2016 Grande Vineyards Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Just east of the historic Silverado Trail near the town of Napa, lies an old Zinfandel vineyard that is one of our favorite historic family stories in Napa Valley. Dorothy Rossi and her son, Tony Rossi, take care of an old-vine vineyard that was planted by Dorothy’s father, Theodosio Grande, in 1920–the same year that Dorothy was born! This family tradition is a classic example of what gave birth to the international stature that today’s Napa Valley now enjoys. This 2016 vintage shows 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. This wine has a long finish showing great aging potential. 425 cases produced. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 2, 2016 & September 10, 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 has a long finish showing great aging potential.

Alcohol

 

14.7%

Price

 

$52

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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2016 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

Moon Mountain, Sonoma County Zinfandel

There is nothing quite like it. Huge, twisting, gnarled, mountain-rooted Zinfandel vines with a view of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco, and the Bay Area - thriving plants that are still producing thrilling wines since their origins in the 1880’s. Even the most jaded wine veterans are struck with awe upon seeing the great Monte Rosso Vineyard. This vintages shows aromas of white peach, cherry blossom, acai berry and red vine licorice as well as cinnamon, wild iris and ginger. A lively entry with good weight enhances the minerality and the zesty, natural acidity of this wine. Mountain tannins assure us of this wines graceful aging potential. 350 cases produced. The 2016 vintage will be released Fall 2018

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Harvest Dates

 

August 30, 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 8-10 years ageing potential.

Alcohol

 

14.4%

Price

 

$68

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

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2016 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Sonoma County Zinfandel

Planted originally in the 1880's then added to in the 1920's by Felice Pagani, most of the original vines still produce beautiful fruit. Much of it is field-blended: Zinfandel, Alicante, Lenoir, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir and numerous others-like a big old vine salad of many heritage varieties, if you will. The 2016 vintage has beautiful dark color with aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, tobacco, fig, chocolate, prosciutto and toasted vanilla oak. Dark fruits meet red fruits (rhubarb and pomegranate) on the palate. An integrated package of fat tannins and pleasing taut acidity. This is a big structured Zinfandel to watch develop over months and years to come. 200 cases produced. 2016 vintage to be released Fall 2018.

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 24, 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 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 Stagecoach Vineyard Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Stagecoach Vineyards in its entirety is no ordinary vineyard location–it is more like its own district in and around Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill, and Oakville that encompasses hundreds of acres of prime mountain vineyards that supply dozens of winemakers with some of their most prized grapes. The 2016 Stagecoach is not just a captivating Zinfandel, but a serious red wine that shows the traits of what makes Napa Valley wines renowned and in-demand around the world. Layered, nuanced, sophisticated, and redolent with bold and ripe aromatics. This wine explodes out of the glass with wild blackberries, jasmine blossom, cola, notes of dried sage, wild iris and compote of mixed berries. Firm and succulent mid-palate tannins make for a long and juicy finish. This is a Zinfandel to drink and keep for five years or more. 419 cases produced. Watch on Youtube The 2016 vintage will be released Fall 2018

Technical Information

Harvest Dates

 

September 9, 2016 and September 21, 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 5+ years.

Alcohol

 

14.8%

Price

 

$58

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

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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

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