Charbono was originally introduced to California in the Napa Valley by early Italian immigrants. There is now very little acreage left in the state of this once widely-planted variety, which accounts for its almost legendary cult status.
For this very limited release, we had to go far afield to Paso Robles and our friend’s Pear Valley Vineyard there. The Paso Robles region has the necessary heat during the summer days to ripen Charbono but with cool evenings that provide balance, acidity, and texture.
“On the nose, black and candied cherry with cranberry and a touch of black pepper and vanilla cream soda. The palate mirrors the fruit aromas with the addition of leather and herb notes backed by Charbono’s traditional, sturdy tannins.” Enjoy this “big red” with tomato-sauced Italian cuisine or Tim’s Bacon-Cheeseburger Sliders.
Pear Valley Vineyards
Harvest Date: September 2016