Cabernet 2012, Frediani Vineyards
The 2012 Cabernet, Frediani Vineyards is full of toasted spices, sun-warmed earth and wild dark fruits. A wonderful expression of black currants in a lush package of balanced acidity and fine textured tannins. There is definitely that touch of oak with little licorice and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.
Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel 2015$55
Years ago, near the end of Prohibition, Aldo Biale made and sold wine in secret. He sold his jugs of Zin to friends and neighbors on the “down low”, and the phone started ringing regularly for re-orders. The Biale’s phone was a party line, so nosy neighbors could listen in on conversations, including orders for produce, eggs and a jug of Aldo’s homemade wine from barrels he hid in the barn. Since they also raised and sold chickens, the code word for the wine became Black Chicken, and that name continues to this day. 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. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant, surprisingly feminine, and remarkably balanced Zinfandel that is immediately drinkable and worthy of 5-7 years more. Dark color, ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel 2015 nose is full of vibrant black cherry, strawberries, crème fresh, dried flowers, brown and black spices and bread pudding. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple round tannins. Delicious! Can’t get enough of this great wine!
Mutt Lynch MBF Man’s Best Friend Zinfandel 2014, Perotti Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Sonoma USA$19
This 2014 Zinfandel is beautifully balanced and has all the flavor characteristics of a “best in show” winner. Think cherry and spice and everything nice. It's immediately drinkable and oh so delicious. Be prepared though, once you introduce yourself, your pack is sure to expand to make room for this “mbf.”