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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  • Tikal "Patriota" 2011


    A very nice blend for a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Enjoying a wonderful OnthEdge 2009 Charbono from Napa :) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Onthedge Winery Charbono Napa Valley Frediani Vineyard 2005


    What can I say? Delicious wine, bold and velvety on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by fabb4lvr

  • Venge Scout's Honor Red Blend Pre-Arrival 2011


    60% zin, 14% charbono, 4% syrah. Nice nose. Lavnder, grilled rosemary and thyme with roasty, peppery purple, black and blue fruits. Luscious on the palate and fruit forward. Smoke, cigar box, cedar, pepper and grilled herbs over plum, blackberry and blueberry. Zesty spice and really nice herbal integration providing nice layers. Also has a... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Venge Penny Lane Sangiovese 2011


    Ripasso style, sitting on Charbono skins. Nose of chocolate covered cherry, kirsch, some plum and marionberry. Good acid on the palate. Nice soft fruit and medium tannin. Dry, but polished and rich texture. Minerality leans a touch metallic,but a lot of Sangioveses do that for me. Toasty cocoa, cherry, cranberry and plum flavors. Nice. N... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Alcantara Vineyard Confluence IV 2010


    Nice berry-filled nose. Some mint. Lush on the palate and full of fresh, smooth berry fruit. 87 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley 2010


    Sweet and dusty on the nose, this shows aromas of tight red fruits flecked with mineral and allspice notes. On entry the texture is quite silky with black cherry fruit that is threaded with a contrasting medicinal edge. There is lovely purity and aromatic fruit, violet and sweet spice notes that are wrapped up in a restrained, slightly chewy pac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New on the block with Zinfandel

  • Robert Foley Charbono Napa Valley 2004


    From Magnum: Still explosive on the nose with black cherry and blueberry Pie ... ... almost pruny side of Charbono with lots of toasty spice coming out on the moderately long finish which ends with more blueberry fruit and a streak of vanilla. A bit of a brute, but I like it. 89pts and might improve over the next 4-8 year Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Familia Zuccardi Bonarda Serie A 2009


    Argentinean Bonarda is actually not Bonarda, but Charbono (aka Corbeau), a grape that originated in Southeastern France. This particular one is bright and food-friendly. Read More

    Wine review by Mike Madaio

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