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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  • Funny you mention this wine as I have it as one of my reccos to my paired taster for the WB 4th of July VT. Nice note JD. Read More

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  • A little extra reading from a DIY blogger who appears to have done thorough research on Charbono, which apparently has no genetic relationship to Dolcetto. Tasted more like a cross between an elegant Cabernet on the fruit side and Pinot Noir on the weight/tannic structure. Read More

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  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got roped into a dinner last night when I should have been on my way home to my family...and it would have been especially painful if I didn't know to order the Charbono on the short by the glass menu. This was the most satisfying Napa wine I can remember, probably eclipsi... Read More

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  • Have only had one dolcetto in the recent past and wasn't too impressed. ... ... had an '07 Tofanelli charbono a few months back and didn't really care for that either.  Guess I just have to keep on tastin Read More

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  • Good story D.  Charbono is still around - both Pride and Turley make it. Fife did for a while, Edmund St. John did if I recall, and there were a few others.It's nice that people are still doing it. Maybe Coppola will bring it back to Inglenook? It's a shame that there are so few producers. People limit themselves to Cab vs Pinot Noir, and they t... Read More

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  • For a minute, JD, I thought you were going to be talking alcohol levels with ... alcohol percentage for that Charbono. That was the level for virtually ALL Napa reds until well into the '80s....Was interesting to look at the list of wineries involved in the 7% project:"from “a veritable Who’s Who list of many of the hottest small wineries in C... Read More

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  • Ah, charbono.... mmmmmm....Inglenook and cases and cases of the stuff back in the late '70s, early '80s. Very first case lots I ordered regularly. Absolutely dailies, but something well beyond quaffable. Lots of enjoyment there. From the LA Times back then:Rare But Well Done : Charbonos by Inglenook Are Neither Common Nor CostlyAugust 06, 1989|R... Read More

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  • Probably gets caught up a lot and some of what was thought to be Bonarda in ... ... is actually sometimes Charbono or Dolcetto. So maybe I was too quick. It's OK but never brilliant in Italy, at least those that I've had. However, that's not to say it can't do really well somewhere else in the world and I have had a few from CA that weren't b... Read More

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  • Thought this was an interesting mailer I'd share with you all. Already forwarded the e-mail to Fox as he is one of the few champions of Dolcetto that I know. This would also fit in well with the "weekday wines" thread. Fox and I agreeing it's a good week day pasta night wine, or even a 1st wine in a flight of Northern Italian Reds. To all Best W... Read More

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  • Tofanelli Family Charbono Napa Valley Tofanelli Vineyard 2007


    Charbono grape from Napa - interesting diversion from the norm. Dark purple color with perfume on the nose. There's a bunch of dark berry fruit but also a good bit of floral notes on the palate and touches of cab franc. Quality is good but this particular flavor profile is not my favorite. Read More

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