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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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... specific bottlings of Charbono, Pinot Blancs, et al.)  doing that today. With more accolades and more winemakers producing a label with the Santa Clara AVA, all signs are there for the Santa Clara Valley to make a mark in the wine world.  Liza SwiftBrix Chic... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • The only grapes that I can for sure figure out is the Zin (of course), syrah, ... says cabernet sauvignon and charbono (bonarda) are used also.  The charbono I get - I do like, especially the Lamadrid from Argentina; but the cabby I missed out on totally.  Maybe the time in the bottle melded things.But yeah - I like it better after 5 years.1 Read More

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  • Inspired by VV, I had Rioja last night.  But first some catching ... I ... I had a very tannic glass of Charbono, some others had Cab Franc, wife had Tempranillo, and we all passed around our glasses.  (Very socialist bunch.  Easy when everyone is pretty equal to begin with.)  Then opened a 2012 Huet Clos de Bourg Sec with round one of dinner,... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... ... months; one of them is Charbono. There are less than 100 acres under vine of this grape in California which is a lot more than you’ll find planted anywhere else. While it’s a cult grape today it has a history of higher prominence. Up until 1989 there was a ... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • Another successful Old Vines Offline Saturday night. 12 winos, 18 open bottles, ... ... exciting. The Dunnewood Charbono was tasty as was the Kalin Semillon. The restaurant worked great and they invited us back, weird I know. The addition of the ping pong table was strong! Props to the Stonekings for representing SoCal and Mike Dildine for mak... Read More

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

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    91 points. Well done with black fruit, dark cherry, spice (pepper), herbal and earthy tone underly anise, solid tannins (not big) and acidity that frame well. Great effort here. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • 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!

    Comment by 78506hudsonpw 78506 hudsonpw


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

    Comment by 165779montefiore 165779 montefiore


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