On day two of my journeys through Napa, Biale Vineyards was our first stop, home of the Black Chicken. It was a clear and sunny day stunning, especially after the threat of it being a cold and rainy day, however it was quite windy.
Getting there a little early, I took a quick stroll back down the driveway, almost getting blown away in the process. Heading back towards the barn and the storefront for tasting, I was able to appreciate for the second time the beauty and quaintness of the winery. Walking along the side of the building towards the store front were tables all set up for outdoor tasting overlooking the rolling vineyards. Unfortunately, due to the wind we were unable to enjoy the space. The inside was as beautiful with handcrafted wood bars.
We were immediately greeted and provided with glasses for our tasting and a menu outlining the 5 wines provided for tasting, heavy on the Zinfandels (their specialty). The start was their staple: Black Chicken Zinfandel. A blend of grapes from all their vineyards to produce an approachable and full bodied red. Classic notes of blueberry, figs, plums and black cherry all present with vanilla, leather and slight tar. It was a great palate warmer to the day. Continue reading