A new grape, very berry but also very dry

Friday, February 27, 2009

Brand NameSummers
Wine NameCharbono
Vintage (Year)2006
AVANapa Valley
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeCharbono
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating7 (on a scale of 1-10)

It is said that if you were to try a different wine grape everyday that by the end of your life, you still wouldn't have tasted all of the varieties. That said, I came across a red wine/grape called Charbono, and I just had to give it a try.

Charbono is a rare varietal, thought to have originated somewhere between northwestern Italy and southeastern France (I am wondering if the Basque people make a wine out of it). Currently, there is almost 100 acres of it in California.

The wine itself grabs you with it's fruit content, and I mean that you can really get a combination of earth and dark berries, but it also is unusually dry. This would go best with some type of spicy red meat dish, or Cajun and/or Creole food. I could see this definitely with some gumbo.

I would say that this wine is worth a try, but I can't tell you whether it's worth the $20 I paid for it. That all depends on your palate.


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