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.
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.
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.
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.
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