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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  • Inglenook Charbono Napa Valley 1991


    Lots of interesting smells include motor oil and burnt rubber, very low-alcohol smooth mouth with a sharp acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Inglenook Charbono Napa Valley 1991


    A very interesting pungent aroma. Got my attention right away. Flavor is very mellow and complex - even a little watery and light. Might be a little too refined for my palate, although I appreciate the complexity. Enjoyed the nose more than the flavor. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Inglenook Charbono Napa Valley 1991


    Pungent and earthy with a deep cedary, decaying wood tone, big woodear mushrooms and slight black pepper and roast beef notes and over an oily, garage tone. A touch of VA to boot, Cleans up with some faint red fruits and bricky dust. It's actually engaging to smell. Complex if atypical gaining a touch of fudge and cigar ash with a bloody backgr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Inglenook Charbono Napa Valley 1991


    Interestingly it smells quite like a Barolo : tar and lilacs. Its an old wine, but holds up well. Lots of acetone, licorice and a slight fungal nature. Pretty funky. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Last few days before christmas - is anyone really working still? We're just about to pop a bottle or two. What are you looking forward to drinking? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Friday!!!

  • Talmage Cellars Champagne Blend Cava 2006


    This is a fabulous wine for a great price! I was surprised that it was such a ... guess is enhanced by the 5% Charbono varietal in the wine. This is a must try wine! Read More

    Wine review by jmyogapants

  • Talmage Charbono Mendocino Venturi Vineyard 2006


    this wine is a superb example of well-balanced old-world winemaking using fruit from coastal California. Lush and fruity with a smooth dry finish. Fantastic! Read More

    Wine review by BoHoJo

  • Big House Red 2004


    Dirt cheap and tasty with more body than you might expect from an $8 wine. From trader Joe's and Big House Wine Co. This is a great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by dbloom

  • Blackwood Canyon Vintners Charbonneau 631 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by jeremy1

  • Spann Vineyards Red Blend Napa Sonoma Betsy's Backacher 2008


    This has dark fruit, earthy. Nice full mouth. Good balance. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

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