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2009 Robert Foley Charbono "Napa Valley"

Robert Foley 2009 Charbono

Winery: Robert Foley

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Charbono

Grape blend: 100% Charbono

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 1,900

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: January 6, 2012

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark colored Charbono from Napa took a while to open up, but when it did, it evolved into an interesting and very complex wine. It displays a fragrant red currant bouquet with a hint of pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild red currant with notes of black plum and a hint of black cherry, subtle minerality and old oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its gentle mild tannins are friendly. This wine is very food friendly and would pair well with thyme seasoned pork tenderloin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Charbono is one of the lost grape varieties – almost. Recent reports indicate there are only about 40 acres of this variety in production, most in Napa county.The 2009 vintage's inky dark purple appearance is the first indication of thorough ripeness. Grape berry jam aromas and flavors spread evenly across the palate. Ripeness and brightness together, tannins silky sofy, and a nicely balanced, tangy acidity resolve in a long flavorful finish.

Organic status: not organic

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