The history of a grapevine can be an interesting one. I enjoy just going to Wikipedia after tasting a grape that I have never heard of and just reading about it’s history. To imagine a world with hundreds of different wine grape vine varieties and to think that at some point in history humans made the effort to keep these vines in their vineyards and make wines with them.
This brings us to the 2012 Mutt Lynch ‘mbf’ Charbono from California. The Charbono grape is also the same as Douce Noir and Bonarda. Even though this is a french varietal, it is hardly grown in France anymore. The grape has been hugely popular in South America and there is still a little bit planted in California.
The description on the back of the bottle gives us a little more then their website where you can purchase a bottle of this for $28. They also have an offer online where you can buy in the 2013 Charbono futures at $16.80 a bottle. Not a bad deal. Here is the description from the back of the bottle:
The foundation of my limited production mbf wines is always a strong relationship. Charbono is a very rare grape – there simply is very little planted in California. Lucky for Mutt Lynch it thrives near our home in Calistoga, Napa Valley. Our grapes are from Jeanne Frediani’s vineyard from vines dating back to 1938. I’ve aged this wine in 100% French oak to compliment the deep, dark fruit character of this rare grape. 110 cases produced.
So what did I think? Should you buy a future on their 2013!
Color – Red with lots of purple notes.
Nose – Blackberries and black pepper.
Taste – Blue and blackberries with baking spices like nutmeg.
Finish – Medium to long with medium acid and rounded tannins.
Overall, this is an interesting wine on the palate. It offers everything that a red Zinfandel has but it is just a bit smoother and has more complex flavors. It has a wonderful smooth and silky mouth feel.