1978 Inglenook Napa Charbono

SKU #1023428

Gone are the days when bottles of rich Charbono graced our dinner tables and the sounds of Journey played on our eight tracks. An uncommon red-wine grape grown in California's Napa Valley and Mendocino County, Charbono wines are very dark in color and tend to be both tannic and acidic (hence long aging). Charbono is thought to have links to Corbeau (or Charbonneau), a rare French variety, but its true ancestry is as mysterious and obscure as the depths of your uncle's purple shag carpeting. In the early 1980s, there were about 100 acres of Charbono in California, most of that was sourced by Inglenook for a faithful few who loved the inky, meaty, black colored wines. This 1978 example from Inglenook is a taste of Napa's history in a glass. Today, there are less than 65 Charbono producing acres in the whole of the United States; you will not find Charbono on most wine store shelves or restaurant wine lists. But once you've learned to love the stuff, Charbono will be "always yours….faithfully."

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Varietal:

Charbono

- 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.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.