2018 Native Son – Charbono

By Kivelstadt Cellars

A unique varietal, Charbono was widely planted all over California in the beginning of the 20th century. While it has been ripped out or grafted over in favor of more mainstream varietals, there is a small amount remaining in the North Coast. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a two-acre block at Venturi Vineyard and never looked back! We make this rare and unique variety in a light and fun way in order to combine its brooding strength with a light and fun style. Vintage: 2017 was a tumultuous growing season to say the least. It was the first season in many years that had significant rainfall in the winter and spring. This provided a much-needed respite from the years of drought that had plagued California. A very hot August kicked harvest off quickly, but September was relatively mild and cool. There was a devastating fire late in the season, which tore through vineyards and more importantly impacted the lives of many Californians. Vinification: The grape was fermented with ambient yeast and underwent ambient malolactic fermentation in barrel. Half of the grapes are thrown into an open top fermenter whole cluster; the other half are de-stemmed and thrown on top. The fermentations received gentle 5 minute daily pumpovers to do no more than wet the cap. The idea is to gently extract flavor and tannin. This brings a combination of subtle and lifted flavor and aroma with a masculine backbone brought on by the whole cluster and Charbono itself. Ten months of aging in neutral French oak helps to soften tannin and gives the wines some time to evolve. Tasting Notes: This wine’s color is out of this world! It has been described as electric Kool-Aid purple. The bright color that Charbono loves to give, leads you into the high-toned fruit flavors. Next comes an intense hit of earthy spice and forest floor. Charbono’s mid palate is not to be missed. It is supple and leads into minerality and integrated tannins. PLEASE NOTE WE CAN SHIP TO ALL STATES EXCEPT: AL, DE, MS, RI & UT


Total: $35.00


Vintage 2018
Profile Herbaceous;Earthy;Herbaceous;Spicy
Body Medium
Acidity Medium
Tannins Medium
ABV 12.2%
Vineyard Venturi Vineyard
Winemaking Dry Farmed;Organic
AVA Mendocino
Cases produced 225
82.55 mm
295.28 mm
82.55 mm
Net Weight
3.30 kg
Gross Weight
3.30 kg

Meet the Winemaker

Sam Baron


Sam joined the Kivelstadt Cellars team in 2017. He met Jordan and they instantly bonded over shared winemaking and winegrowing philosophies. As Winemaker, Sam divides his time between managing wholesale sales, vineyard sourcing, production and almost everything in between. Sam's passion for restrained and elegant wines, organic and sustainable farming, and his thirst for exploring unique California vineyards makes him right at home in the Kivelstadt family.

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