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Charbono - Help Me Complete the List

Posted by chadrich, Oct 27, 2009.

I've always had a fascination with small-production esoteric grapes (anyone recall Cabernet Pferrer?). And lately I seem to be hoarding every Charbono I can find. To the point that I think I may have to have a Charbono tasting. Below is the list of what I have on-hand. I'm interested in whether anyone has recommendations of others I should add to the list if I'm going to do this tasting right. I know Bonny Doon used to make one, but believe it isn't in their portfolio any longer.

August Briggs
Robert Foley


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 27, 2009.

Well if you are close to NYC and have any interest I am pulling together a Charbono tasting myself. It'll look a bit different than yours though.

Franciscan 1973 and 1974
Guglielmo 1975
Inglenook, 1974,1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1991

Or Something like that!

Anyway if you are interested in trying to coordinate our tastings I would be happy to oblige.

Now more to your question, other producers who have, at least recently produced Charbono include:

and Hess.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 27, 2009.

Oh, and Shypoke!

Reply by dmcker, Oct 27, 2009.

Have had every Inglenook vintage from the mid-'60s to the end of the '70s, and remember them with fondness. Somehow I was able to get them delivered to me over in Tokyo in the early '80s.

Here's an interesting article--I particularly like the 'feral child' analogy:
It's a few years old but has a list of most of the vineyards as of earlier this decade...

Also a listing of producers here:

With some more info/impressions here:

Hey Greg, want to reprise the Charbono Society?

Reply by chadrich, Oct 28, 2009.

Greg, thanks for the invite! If Atlanta was a bit closer to NY, I'd jump on the opportunity to join you. What are the odds that we're both thinking of a Charbono tasting?! Admittedly yours sounds more thorough and historically significant than mine. I've read a bit about the Inglenook Charbonos and would love the opportunity to taste thru the vertical (or near-vertical) that you've accumulated. Will anxiously watch for the tasting notes from the event.
And thanks for the additions to my list. I'll seek these out and also post my notes once I get my tasting of current vintages conducted.

Reply by chadrich, Oct 28, 2009.

Oh, and DM, thanks for the links. Haven't had a chance to peruse them yet, but am anxious to do so.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 28, 2009.

Well, as it stands now I may have to wait until January to pull it off. Let me know if any travel plans materialize!

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