Our old pal Will John was nice enough to plant all these experimental test blocks a few years ago with our Veneto grape varieties, and we added a second phase of it with the Alicante and Charbono. Charbono at one time was the highest valued red grape in California. It fell out of favor over the years and acreage was reduced to just a few plots in Calistoga. I always admired the wines from those old blocks and was curious to see how the grape would perform in Paso. We pick it rather early to maintain the natural acidity. Final wine explodes from the glass with its signature “concord” like aroma.
Yolo County plums, Arvin Niabel grapes, Mexican coffee and s’mores. So much leather this can’t be vegan (but it is).
|Varietal||75% Charbono, 25% Alicante Bouschet|
|Pairing||Lamb lollipops, Waldorf salads and spring training games|