Lot 726 | 2018 Calistoga
One of the rarest grapes in California!
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Today, only about 50 acres are planted to Charbono in all of Napa Valley – one fifth of one percent of the acreage planted to Cabernet. Why? Simple – Napa Cab is worth over 2x per ton than Charbono, and with the current price of farming and operating a winery in Napa, for most folks it just doesn’t make sense to leave that money on the table. Up at the northern tip of Napa, Calistoga is the only appellation left where Charbono is grown – perhaps because everything seems to move at a slower pace there, or that it’s a little historic town populated by the descendants of old European families that aren’t as bottom line-driven as the rest of the valley.
Lot 726 is your opportunity to taste a piece of Napa Valley history, sourced from a family-owned estate that’s one of the handful of producers in the area that still puts in the time and effort to keep this heritage grape alive. $32 under its original label if you’re lucky enough to ever find it, it’s yours for $18!
I rarely see a Charbono, so when I saw this pop up, I jumped on it. It’s a lovely dark berry color, velvet on the tongue. If you aren’t familiar with this varietal, give it a go.
Black fruit & plum
A very dense, medium to full bodied wine with a deep, inky purple color and moderate acidity. The black fruit and plum aroma and flavor notes were a delight
I don't think I've ever had a Charbono, but I'm sure glad I got a few bottles of this one! We had this wine with friends at a wine and cheese night, and they were raving about it all night! I wish I could get more!
It is a wow wine. It is opaque in color. It tastes as thick as it looks. There is plenty of red friut, with multiple other flavors if you search. The tannins and acidity produce a special mouth feel. The finish is lingering.
Mike & Pat
Lot 726--Charbono: Calistoga in a Bottle
We have enjoyed many of Calistoga's wine offerings and this bottle is another winner. We enjoyed a bottle with friends last night and enjoyed every drop.
This wine was an immediate crowd pleaser at a dinner party I had the other day.
Love is a glass of cherries
What fun to try a grape I’d never even heard of. This wine is wonderfully balanced, fruity, and dry. Wish I could afford a case!
Rare Grape Find Is A Hit
Tried because it's a rare grape today. Very glad we did as it is a smooth, flavorful wine and it was enjoyable trying something new. I'm the Cab drinker in the family but my wife enjoyed this wine as well. Letting the remaining bottles cellar for another year. Enjoyed this with a pork tenderloin and the pairing was very good. I see that it's out of stock so I'll be looking for more from the area in the future.
What is a Charbono?
We didn't know what a Charbono wine tasted like but what is cool about the wine club is you get to try wines you never knew existed. Other wine clubs send obscure wineries or varietals but at least with CH wines you know everyone has been vetted. It was a tasty wine but I'm not sure we would have bought it again....even if we could!
First for us with this varietal. Deep dark, smooth, with cherry throughout. Will not order again, but enjoyed.