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2002 Charbono

One of northern California's greatest winemakers is unquestionably Bob Foley, who has proven vintage after vintage that he has immense talent reflected in the wines he fashions at Pride Mountain Vineyards. Although his own operation is much smaller, he produces brilliant offerings. It will be nearly impossible for readers to find a better Charbono than this 2002. Exuberant, rustic, full-flavored fruit may fall short on complexity, but the wine delivers plenty of body along with loads of earthy, peppery, blackberry and black currant fruit. This pure, savory Charbono is meant to be drunk over the next 7-8 years, although I suspect it will last for two decades.

91 Points —Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate - 12/03

Medium ruby. Black cherry, licorice, herbs and earth; at once wild and grapey. Then very ripe but given brightness and energy by strong acidity. There's a spiciness here that suggests oak, but no new wood was used to age this wine. Very lush but not at all thick or heavy. Finishes firmly tannic and brisk.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

 

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