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Charbono (aka Bonarda and Corbeau)

A rare, late-ripening grape that makes very dark, structured red wines with excellent aging potential. The second most planted wine grape in Argentina, it’s also used in the Savoie region of France and sees some usage in Northern California, particularly in Napa and Mendocino. Often and incorrectly confused with Dolcetto, Charbono wines taste of dark plum, tar, black pepper and leather. Sally’s Place published an interesting round up of California Charbono wines by Monty and Sara Preiser. (http://www.sallys-place.com/beverages/wine/charbono.htm)