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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  • Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by chanwxin


  • I have magnum (3 liter) bottles of Inglenook Charbono years 1983, 1984, 1985 in their original wood boxes. Local Total Wine mgr said this is a valuable wine. Not a wine drinker. What do we do with it? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Inglenook Charbono 83 84 85


  • Mount Palomar Temecula Valley Charbono 2007

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    Dark clear black plum purple. Very big nose--kind of a strange clay aroma. Neutral on the tip of the tongue, but stuff happens as it moves back--mostly minerally, stony things. No fruit to speak of, not much acid, not much tannin. We're having grilled portobelllo sandwiches (which have enough minerality in them), tonight, and this wine will... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • During the Rose virtual tasting, some folks started talking about the various ways to make rose.  (Bleed off wine early from red maceration, shorten contact between skins and wine, mix red and white, which is banned some places).  But someone said that all grapes have white flesh.  Almost perfectly true, but there is a very small group of grapes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Red Grapes, with red flesh.


  • Private Reserve Charbono 2008

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    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Disapointed with my search results for Temecula. Most were from 2010...Anyway, we are going on a family vacation in the area and I need some assistance in choosing a few wineries to hit.  Most of my research so far has been the wineries' websites, which are obviously biased.  However, based on this I am thinking about Doffo, Wiens, and Wilson Cr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Temecula in July


  • Why did more than 6,000 attend last year’s Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival, a ... ... and Alicante Bouschet, Charbono and Teroldego. They’ve also been working with the totally exotic, unheard varieties like Marzemino and Dreirebe (if you want to know what wines like these taste like, you have to come to ZinFest!).Tickets are $45 in advance and $55... Read More

    From the article ZinFest: Wine, Food & Fun at Lodi Lake


  • Robert Foley Charbono Napa Valley 2004

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    Rare grape from the 1850's one of 3 producers. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Peter Franus Zinfandel Mt. Veeder Brandlin Vineyard 2008

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    This is my first Peter Franus wine and was a great experience. The wine won Best Zinfandel of 2008 in Wine and Spirits. Blueberry and lots of Indian spices on the nose. Dark ruby in color. Beautiful textured blueberry fruits thickly coated with a load of spices and smoky tobacco. Spicy McSpicy here. Great finish. Great wine. Read More

    Wine review by BTKerne


  • Like much of California’s modern wine industry, Monterey county received ... varieties such as Carignan, Charbono and Valdiguie were used primarily as blending grapes in California’s bulk wine production. Much of the state ripped up the vines when they fell out of favor, but in Monterey many of those treasures remain. The incredible diversity ... Read More

    From the article Monterey for a Day


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