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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  • Chameleon Charbono Napa Valley 2003

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    Very dark and earthy, with a long finish which lures one to repeat. Read More

    Wine review by gentleolas


  • Suggestions for the best Red Zin you had and that's still available to purchase on line would be appreciated. Niles Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for the best Red Zin


  • H. Coturri & Sons Charbono 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by KettlebellMan


  • Beauzeaux 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by daveyp125


  • Let's get some education going here. Has anyone else come across a new varietal or wine name they have never heard of before today?Mavrud: Mavrud is a unique red wine common only to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria. It is found around few cities in the central part of the country where the winter temperatures are not very low. The wines made fro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Varietal (or at least an...


  • Shypoke Cellars Charbono Napa Valley 2004

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    Bone dry with great acidity. Fruit is secondary and somewhat dark. A great food wine. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • I expect that not many have had the privilege of tasting Charbono Wine. There are under 60 acres total planted in California.I had the privilege of tasting Carvalho Wines 2006 Charbono which will be released shortly. Carvalho Wines is in Clarksburg 15 minutes from Sacramento on the delta. They are in the Old Sugarl mill with five other wineri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Charbono Wine


  • Elyse Wine le Corbeau 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Shypoke Cellars Charbono Napa Valley 2002

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    Drank easy like a smooth table wine. Not overly exciting in any way. Read More

    Wine review by antny2017


  • Robert Foley Charbono Napa Valley 2004

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    interesting experience with this limited charbono. my least favorite foley to date. (though not in love with charbonos) very dark gorgeous color. found the nose funky, almost unpleasant after decanting. cherry, apple, spice and tobacco notes. novice here, and not sure what the fuss is about. Read More

    Wine review by SolidNCompact


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