2009 T-Vine Cellars "Frediani Vineyard" Napa Charbono

SKU #1084200

Only 195 cases were produced of this old vine Charbono from the historic Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga, which was planted in 1920. A fast, warm fermentation followed by eight months ageing in a combination of French and American oak barrels has permitted the extraction of all that is good about these special Charbono vines--intense, dark and exotic aromas and flavors and a supple body--without the agressive tannins the varietal can be prone to. The result is a rich, full-bodied wine in which layers of ripe dark fruit mingle with accents of smoky spice, vanilla, leather, and sage. It's incredibly balanced for a wine so well-endowed, with a pleasing dash of rustic charm clear through to the finish. Charbono is also cultivated in Agentina, where it is called Bonarda.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1