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Robert Foley Charbono

2013 Charbono

Charbono character of wild berry jam and black fruit pie are well defined. Ripe aromas suggest dried cherries, cranberries, rose petals and a suggestion of white pepper. A gentle mid palate with flavors of black cherry candy is framed with soft tannin and bright acidity which provides the long lingering finish. Beautiful and age-worthy! (550 cases produced)

Charbono is one of the lost grape varieties – almost. Recent reports indicate there are only about 70 acres of this variety in existence, half of this in Napa county. The original cuttings were imported to Calistoga in the Napa Valley from the Savoie region in the French Alps in about 1880. Its original name was Doux Noir, or “soft black,” later called Charbonneau (carbon water). Subsequently, Charbono was wiped out in Europe by the Phylloxera root louse infestation. Some believed it to be the Italian grape variety Dolcetto but this was proven not to be the case through genetic testing. After repeal of Prohibition in the U.S., Charbono was used by Inglenook for blending with their new Cask Cabernet wines and small amounts were bottled as varietal wine. I tasted the 1968 Inglenook Charbono from cask in 1969 and was inspired to become a winemaker with that taste.

750 ml – $38
1.5 L – SOLD OUT

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