1999 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Charbono

SKU #1012024 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Turley's 1999 Charbono Tofanelli Vineyard (109 cases, 13.5% alcohol) is analogous to a full-throttle Dolcetto. An intense black/purple color is accompanied by blueberry, cranberry liqueur, cherry, and chocolate aromas and flavors. (RP)  (12/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque, bright purple-ruby to the rim. Aromas of blackberry, violet, leather and pepper. Vibrant, fresh and precise in the mouth; not overly sweet or especially powerful, but offers enticingly juicy blueberry and mineral flavors. Finishes with chewy tannins and good length. Carrying a relatively low 13.8% alcohol; this must be the breakfast wine at the Turley residence. (ST)  (5/2001)

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- Charbono is a mysterious red varietal from California, found mainly in the Napa Valley, known for high tannins and high acidity. While its origins are unknown, some suggest it may be related to Italy's Dolcetto, while others claim its origins are more likely to be the rare French variety Corbeau.

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