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Wine Guide > August Briggs Wines > Charbono Napa Valley

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August Briggs Wines
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2005 Charbono Napa Valley
Napa Valley

You may be wondering, what is Charbono? Charbono is not a common grape variety in California. There are only 84 planted acres in the entire state! Genetic testing has determined it to be the same grape as Corbeau, which is grown in the Savoie region of France.

The grapes for our second release of this little known varietal come from the Frediani vineyard which is located just south of the winery here in Calistoga. Planted back in the 1920s, this vineyard produces low yields with the ultimate in flavor concentration.

The wine has a dark, almost opaque purple color. It has a full-bodied palate with flavors of raspberry, plum and chocolate with pronounced, but well-integrated tannins giving it a rich texture and long finish.

At harvest the sugar was 25.1 brix with a total acidity of 0.33 g/100 ml and a pH of 3.79. The grapes were destemmed into a small open-topped fermenter and punched down twice daily by hand. The barrels used were 35% new American oak and 65% two and three year old French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 16 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration. 293 cases produced.

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