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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  • C-D-B was once considered a pretty good producer.  Funny thing is, right ... ... elsewhere that I had a Charbono from Kachina.  And we had the Oscura Schioppettino at Holdredge, which was my wife's wine of the weekend and, if we were not strapped while we begin construction, we would have bought on futures.  Maybe I can talk a certain Snoothe... Read More

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  • Bought two bottles of Ulises Valdez's 2011 St. Peter's Church Zinfandel ... Kachina that is blended with Charbono and a little Syrah.  Interesting way to get a little acid into your Cab, as the Charbono (we tasted a straight bottling) has low tannin and quite a bit of acid--Charbono used to be thought of as mislabeled dolcetto (turns out that i... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ...oCharbonoTeroldegoCinsaut *SouzaoCenturianSalvadorPinotageAglianicoCarmenereCounoiseDornfelderTouriga Francesca  Read More

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  • You know JD, that's the thing about having expectations. When you didn't have any the wine impressed you. After that you set the bar higher and it did not live up to the raised expectations. Sure is a tricky hobby we have. Read More

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  • I never got around to trying the Foley, but I suspect it's about the same as the Tof in style.Not as high on the 2010 Tof, after consuming a couple bottles after purchase. Nice, but maybe a little too simple. Funny how our standards keep getting raised. Read More

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  • JD, you will be happy to know that there will be a Tofanelli Charbono in 2014. I was helping out at the winery today and saw this tag...Little did I know that a little while later I would be up on a ladder doing a pump-over in that same tank. Small world it is. Read More

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  • Totally forgot about your injury Fox, glad you're feeling better.Had a ... ... in to one of those Tofanelli Charbono's that was very good, easy, and fresh but the 2010 Clos du Val Cabernet my guests brought actually surprised the heck out of me. Who would have thought, grocery store wine (modern Napa no less) that was actually somewhat austere... Read More

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  • Sounds interesting Mark, at least if there was a Charbono tasting to be had.OT...agree on Turley (plus I believe they source from Tofanelli's vineyard) so really not much interest there at an inflated price. However, in checking out Foley's he talks about the wine getting under 13% routinely and that the grape stops producing sugar at 22 Brix so... Read More

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  • So does Turley but it's like $45. Foley wines tend to be a little on the big side. For this VT I was picking new world wine for an old world drinker so voted against Foley and Turley. Read More

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  • The last Charbono I had was a couple years ago from Mt. Palomar WInery.  I know you are not a big fan of Temecula wines, Jon, but this one was perfectly fine--not fine enough that I have bothered to look for more, however.  Mt. Palomar is another of the Temecula wineries that is trying everything to see what works best there.  I think their best... Read More

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  • There is a wonderful little winey in the Anderson Valley - Testa. Lovely Charboro and Carignane as well as a Zinfandel..... they only produce about 1100 - 1500 cases.. but a winery to watch!

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  • Cheers to John Carvalho of Carvalho Family Wines (Clarksburg) for his Charbono...

    Comment by 165779montefiore 165779 montefiore

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