Winemaker's Notes: "The Charbono has been vinified with the "appassimento" method, by drying the grapes on racks in a dark and well ventilated environment for 42 days, after which they have been crushed and fermented in barrels and bins, with daily punchdowns. After pressing, the wine spent 16 months in French barrels, 50% new. Just 420 BOTTLES (!) produced. Our Napa Valley Charbono grapes are grown at Shypoke Vineyard in Calistoga. This Estate was first turned to grape production in 1904 by the Heitz Family. The founders’ grandchild, Peter Heitz, farms this stunning piece of land today with his family, and the Charbono vines found here are an uncommon example of this delectably enigmatic grape varietal, not very often grown nowadays. We selected this particular grape for our first red wine, which was born as a tribute to one of our favorite red wines, Amarone, typically crafted in Friuli’s neighboring land, Veneto. We found the ideal candidate for this project in the large and thick-skinned Charbono berries."
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