Charbono

Charbono is grown on just a handful of acres on California’s North Coast, mainly in the Napa Valley. This grape usually produces very dark, acidic, red wines, with high tannin levels and wild berry aromas. According to some, this variety may be actually the Dolcetto Nero grape of Italy, or the minor French variety Charbonneau. Charbono rarely receives much attention, but notable wineries continue to grow the grape once produced by the storied Inglenook. Currently, producers such as Turley, Pacific Star, Villa Helena, August Briggs, Robert Foley, OnThEdge and Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon have extended the life of this grape.

A child genius with a rebellious nature, you refuse to submit to social conventions. Hard to believe you could be related to Dolcetto – ‘our little sweet one’. Too difficult for most to handle, your parents tried to tame you by sending you to only California’s finest private institutions. Your impetuous nature, wry acidic tongue and aggressive demeanor have proven difficult Read more »

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  • Paso Robles Trip Notes:I went to Paso Robles over the weekend of the 26th of September. I had intended to be there three days, but something came up and I was only there for Sat and part of Sun, so I ended up getting to just a small selection of places. But I could have been there a week and still not gone everywhere I wanted to go! I will re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paso Robles Trip & Tips


  • I'm hoping the Snooth community can help me out with some recommendations. I've have had a couple Argentinian Malbec and Malbec blend wines in the last couple of months that I really enjoyed and I was hoping that I could get some recommendations to expand what I've tried. I'm looking up to $50 but realistically more in the $15 to $30 range. L... Read More

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  • Venge Vineyards Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley Scout's Honor 2007

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    this is just deeeelicious. harmonious blend of zinfandel, petite sirah, charbono and syrah. the zinfandel definitely is in the forefront but there is a nice tannic backbone from the other grapes which helps mask the 15.2% alcohol.Had this with BBQ chicken breast and corn on the cob. the perfect complement to an awesome end of summer meal. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Just ran across this mini-series of articles on Italian varietals in California, and thought it might be of interest:http://www.examiner.com/x-8614-San-Jose-Wine-Examiner~y2009m8d19-Italian-Varietals-California-Grownhttp://www.examiner.com/x-8614-San-Jose-Wine-Examiner~y2009m8d20-Italian-varietals-California-grown--Part-2--White-wineshttp://www.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian varietals in California


  • Summers Winery Charbono Napa Valley Villa Andriana 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by dhay55


  • Snooth was happy to be able to host The Big House Wine Companys winemaker, ... ... look forward to trying her, Charbono, Tempranillo and Teroldego!2008 Big House White This is surprisingly aromatic with a base of apricot fruit topped with very floral notes that recall viognier and a bright lemon drop tone that is complimented by bay leaf, herb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Warden: Georgetta Dane...


  • Snooth was happy to be able to host The Big House Wine Company's "Warden" and ... ... to one day trying her Charbono, Tempranillo or Teroldego! Find out more about Georgetta and Big House wines here. Big House Wine Company Pinot Grigio Birdman 2008This award winning Pinot Grigio has classic notes of almond and wildflower with herbal hints and... Read More

    From the article Georgetta Dane - Big house Winery


  • Snooth was happy to be able to host The Big House Wine Company's winemaker, ... look forward to trying her, Charbono, Tempranillo and Teroldego! 2008 Big House White This is surprisingly aromatic with a base of apricot fruit topped with very floral notes that recall viognier and a bright lemon drop tone that is complimented by bay leaf, herb,... Read More

    From the article The Warden: Georgetta Dane blends at the Big House.


  • Elyse Wine le Corbeau 2004

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    Opens up well. Think light-ish berries and pepper. Sharper on the tongue when first opened. Give this one 2 hours to breath and you will be amazed at its smooth complexity. Read More

    Wine review by mikesnow


  • Ch Beaucastel Chat du Pape 2006

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    To date, my favorite red blend. A light aroma with bright berries and some ... ... Syrah, 6% Petit Sirah, 6% Charbono, 2% Grenach Read More

    Wine review by rjrausch


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