495 - Black Chicken Zinfandel Etched & Hand Painted 3-Liter + Lunch

Robert Biale Vineyards

Auction ends: Monday, June 3, 2019 12:15:00 PM

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  • 1 bottle of Napa Valley wine

  • Lavish lunch for 6 guests at Robert Biale Vineyards

This lot includes a rare etched and hand-painted three-liter bottle of the iconic Black Chicken Zinfandel, plus lunch for six guests at the winery in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District.

Perfecting the old California classics, Robert Biale Vineyards has become a revered standard of heritage vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Napa Valley. Napa natives, school chums and winery founders Bob Biale and Dave Pramuk cherish the tradition of historic old vines - some dating to the 1880s - and prize the small quantity of concentrated and intense fruit that they produce.

Diligent farming, expressive terroir and superb elegance are the winery’s hallmarks. Among the winery’s portfolio of 20 wines that are crafted by winemaker Tres Goetting, Black Chicken Zinfandel is the flagship - and now a varietal benchmark for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

It all started in the 1940s when 14-year-old Aldo Biale helped his mother make ends meet by selling some of the family’s homemade Zinfandel to insider Napans, along with eggs and produce.

Over the old “party line” phone system,  the code words “a Black Chicken” signified a jug of bootleg wine … and kept nosy neighbors and the authorities from finding out about Aldo’s underground Zinfandel operation!

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