Full Review

Frey

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of sandalwood incense, smoked teriyaki basted meat and olives, tamarind, fino sherry and orange reduction with bouillon, stewed greens, and mushrooms and vegetables with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length roast meats and persimmon finish with chewy, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A intriguingly savory and meaty Italian varietal red that will fit nicely at the hunter’s table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: sandalwood incense, smoked teriyaki basted meat and olives, tamarind, fino sherry and orange reduction with bouillon, stewed greens, and mushrooms and vegetables
Taste Flavor: roast meats and persimmon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Goat, Venison Chops, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A intriguingly savory and meaty Italian varietal red that will fit nicely at the hunter's table.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

The Producer
14000 Tomki Rd
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
USA
1 707-485-5177

Charbono

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Charbono is an unusual California specialty with some old-vine blocks located in the Napa Valley. It is identical to Argentina's Bonarda, which is an Italian red grape whose ancestral home is in the northern Italian provinces of Lombardy and Piedmont. While it does little in its native Italy nowadays, it can be quite something in Argentina, where Italian immigrants brought the vine in the 1800s. The region of Mendoza has large blocks of old vine vineyards that produce deeply hued, intensely fruited wines with attractive acidity and soft tannins. They make for beautiful early drinking reds and are tremendous values. In California, this same strain of Bonarda is known as Charbono and can produce similarly dramatic, if under-appreciated, wines.