LIBRARY: Charbono 2005 - 1.5L
A favorite grape of mine, Charbono delivers extreme ripeness of flavor while retaining natural acidity with its alcohol under control. An innate character of this grape variety, sugar accumulations stall at late stages of ripening, allowing the grower to let the fruit hang to full maturity without high sugar/high alcohol problems. The resulting deep purple Charbono ages beautifully and balances into one of the most food-friendly big reds you can find – if you can find it! Latest reports indicate only 40 acres of it remain in California. –BF
2005 Charbono – 88 points, International Wine Cellar
"Bright ruby-red. Wild crushed blackberry, tar, licorice and a meaty whiff of reduction on the complex nose. Juicy, reduced and a bit tart-edged, with a slightly disjointed quality to the crushed berry and dried fruit flavors. A distinctly dry style, even a bit austere on the back, with firm tannic spine and elevated acids.”
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