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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  • Napa

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  • San Luis Obispo County

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  • Sonoma County

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  • Mendocino

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  • California

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  • San Joaquin County

    The Central Valley wine region of California is located east of the San Francisco Bay area, run...

  • Mendocino County

      Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast reg...

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  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • CrauforD Wine Co.

    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

  • Bond

    BOND: A stable of Napa Valley thoroughbreds — ultimately six Cabernet-based wines — assembled und...

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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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  • Damn, the store was out of stock. Read More

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  • I don't believe I or Sandra have tried Charbono yet, and it sounds very worthy of at least one bottle. Read More

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  • The winery sells them for $38/each...Foley has a Charbono, nice video too explaining what Charbono is about 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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  • 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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