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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  • Post here about wines that used to satisfy, but for whatever reason (corporate ... fallen.CA chenin blanc and charbono.&nbs Read More

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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of ... grapes.Oh, and Bonarda and Charbono - often mislabeled as each other.I would imagine that Ruché is the least common in the US. Back in the 90s there was a wine store near home that always carried it and it thought it was pretty common but it was only there because ... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2012

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2012

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  • The Prisoner Wine Co. "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2011

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  • Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley 2010

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend 2008

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  • Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" 2007

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    This is what they said "92 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of ... of ... Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." Well....we drank it last Saturday and it is a big, ballsy zin. Large dark berry fruit, pepper, big tannins and acidity with touches of chocolate and briary notes. Stunning for the age -... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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...

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