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2021 Fiftyrow Suisun Valley Wheelhouse  Charbono

2021 Fiftyrow Suisun Valley Wheelhouse Charbono

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Douce Noir, also known Charbono in America and Bonarda in Argentina, is a red grape variety that has historically been grown in the Savoy region of the French-Italian border but is now more widely planted in Argentina. The earliest mention of the grape dates from when Etruscans (of ancient Italy) first planted Bonarda some 3,000 years ago in the Padania Region of Northern Italy.


Brian Babcock’s Wheelhouse Vineyard is in the Suisun Valley, a stone’s throw from the eastern edge of the Napa Valley, where the hot days lead to cool nights. This is perfect for a varietal like Charbono. Once the most grown varietal in Napa, it is now cultivated in minuscule quantities in Calistoga and just outside the Napa Valley by growers like the Babcock’s. Starting with hand sorting and punch downs, we did 50%whole cluster fermentation before aging in French barrels for 10 months.


    The 2021 Charbono has aromas of black fruits, cocoa, and currants and graphite. On the Palate, it starts off super bright, but with a little time in your glass, quickly becomes a dark and full-bodied wine with rich layers of dark fruits, cocoa, graphite, and a natural acidity that ends in a long finish with super fine tannins. It is a mouthful of wine without the big tannins, is beautifully balanced, and can be paired with a wide variety of food. Although young, it is drinking well now but will mature over the years to come.


    Varietal: 100% Charbono

    Appellation: 100% Suisun Valley, Wheelhouse Vineyard

    Alcohol Content: 12.9%

    Barrel Description: French Oak, 30%new, 70% neutral

    Winemaker: Paul Johnson


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