Charter Oak Winery

+1 707-963-2298 1636 Scott Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Charter Oak: The Next Cult Zin? (By Jim White, founder, If you buy enough wine, we throw in a will!" jokes the exuberant, 47-year-old lawyer-by-day, winemaker-by-night, Rob Fanucci, hinting that if you buy a few cases of his family wine, he'll throw in some discounted legal services. Which, of course, isn't true. But Fanucci's a colorful speaker. Fanucci is sitting in his law office in St. Helena. From this vantage point, he consults to many high profile Napa Valley wineries. And it is from some of them that he gets gorgeous, ripe, black fruit to make sumptuous, elegant, age-worthy Zinfandels under his Charter Oak label. Fanucci's family history is the kind of material that books are written about. And after tasting his wines, it's obvious that his future that will be covered in print, too - though in wine journals. Charter Oak wines are destined for high demand. Fanucci's Italian-born grandfather, Guido Ragghianti, a one-time chef in the Italian army, turned up in San Francisco Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

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  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor fertility and marriage. The fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of love birds choosing their mate on St. Valentine’s Day. During the same period in France, King Charles VI issued a charter directing members of h... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)

  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors

  • Charter Oak Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard 2012


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    Wine review by mark

  • Charter Oak Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard 2012


    Rich and dark with carob scented toasty oak over jammy black raspberry fruit. Fairly nutty oak. Nice and precise on entry, very mineral and earthy, decidedU rusty on the palate with lovely boysenberry and jammy black berry fruit on the palate. A little chocolate chip cookie emerges on the palate supported by rich,most tannins that lead to a long... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate relationship with you. There is so much you have to offer. Sometimes you're a bit rough and tumble, edgy, even dangerous, while other times you’re coy or playful. But you’re always there for me, with joyous fruit, classic bramble notes and structure, allowing for early consumptio... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success

  • Charter Oak the Zinfandel Mind Artist Series Napa Valley


    Ripe on the nose with plenty of vanilla and jammy red fruit, as well as a deep note of used oak. On entry, this is plump and a little candied, with a glacéed chestnut note. The mid-palate turns a bit lean, with fine grained-tannins extending the modest finish. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Charter Oak Red Blend Napa Valley Guido Ragghianti Old World Field Blend 2010


    Light oak and dark fruit thats a bit inky come together on a spicy, smoky, toasty nose that shows a touch of sun dried tomato fruit. Plump and inky on the palate, this shows low and compressed in the mouth, with plenty of power in reserve, showing a nice touch of meaty, strawberry preserves and a little pencil lead on the tart, modest finish. Sh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Charter Oak Monte Rosso Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2009


    Tight, oaky and inky on the nose. This shows a surprisingly finely balanced and bright texture on entry, though the wood tannins do make the wine tougher on the back end. In a very powerful style, this is rich with almost blackcurrant that extends over the long, dense finish. Powerful but not over the top. 91 points Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: It’s one of the big daddies of the wine world, and the wines from California, in particular Napa Valley, can compete with the best, and have the price tags to prove it. We can lament the change that has occurred with the vast majority of Napa Cabernets over the past decade or two, or we can simply continue to look for quality... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - December 2010

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  • Charter Oak Napa Zinfandel 2003


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    Wine review by anpaulson

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