2014 Charbono • Suisun Valley • $20
This little known varietal is found almost exclusively in California, dating back to the 1880s. With only around 80 total acres planted for the entire state, it is not surprising that many have never heard of – let alone tasted – this bold beauty.
Our 2013 Charbono is deep purple, almost black in color with brooding aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and cassis accented by nuances of black olives and wild plums. On the palate, it is full-bodied with bright flavors of black raspberries, currants, and a hint of tobacco and black pepper. This wine is texturally dense on the palate with lively acid and a sturdy core structure.
Plump black clusters were destemmed into small open-top vessels where fermentation was allowed to start on its own. The cap was punched down by hand twice daily for thirteen days. Then, after gentle pressing and four days of settling, the new wine was racked to twice-used French oak. The wine rested on its lees until bottling the following spring.
Vineyard: 100% Babcock Vineyard, Suisun Valley – Solano County
Composition: 100% Charbono
Harvest Date: September 9, 2013
Harvest Brix: 23.3° VA: 0.55 g/L
pH: 3.74 Malic: <0.1 g/L
TA: 5.7 g/L RS: 0.6 g/L
Alcohol: 13.1% Production: 120 cases (750mL)