2005 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Charbono

SKU #1041169 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Charbono Tofanelli Vineyard possesses a generic, Cotes du Rhone-like character with a dark ruby/purple hue, crisp, tangy acidity, and an earthy, loamy soil note intermixed with red and black fruits. The finish falls off a bit, but remember, this is Charbono, not Cabernet Sauvignon. (RP)  (12/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Black cherry, dark chocolate and spices on the nose. Juicy and tight, with bright acidity keeping the fruit and spice flavors under wraps today. Finishes with rather fine tannins and lingering notes of licorice and mint. (ST)  (5/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Firm and muscular, with peppery berry flavors. Shows an herbal, eucalyptus, floral note, with spice and refreshing acidity that balances with firm tannins. (MW, Web-2008)

K&L Notes

Charbono is a mysterious red variety with origins in eastern France, but today is found mostly in the Napa Valley, where it's a rare "heritage" grape, and Argentina, where it's called Bonarda. The best of it may very well come from the Tofanelli Vineyard. A food-friendly varietal, enjoy with barbecued lamb or beef or pan-seared, black pepper duck.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.