Seal the deal with a 93-point Napa Valley port that tastes like a 20-year-old tawny. Packed with chocolate and black cherries, this limited edition treat is excellent on its own or coupled with chocolate delights.
Founded in 1983, Charbay is one of the original artisanal distilleries in the U.S. and remains an independent family business owned and managed by Miles and Susan Karakasevic. They work side by side with their son Marko & his wife, Jenni, to carry on the inherited artisan traditions. The family is one of the early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement. They began distilling in California in 1983 with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and haven't stopped since then. They also make wines, ports and aperitifs - using brandy they distill in their Alambic Pot Still. Marko is Generation XIII to carry on the family's European heritage of fermenting & distilling. It's hard to find someone with a more spontaneous love of the art form all grounded in solid experience. His long apprenticeship covered every category of distilling. And when he'd sourced, distilled and taken to market his very own spirit, his father said he'd earned the right to be called a Master Distiller. The enthusiasm and wisdom of Charbay's founder, Miles Karakasevic, fuels his son, Marko, the family's 13th Generation Master Distiller as he brings his own creativity to the Alambic Charentais Pot Still.
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah wine that's been aged seven years in French oak and fortified with four-year-old Charbay Syrah brandy, this vintage selection is aromatically stunning in chocolate, tobacco and dried ginger candy notes. Balanced and rich, it finishes semidry, with a viscous taste of almonds and dried cranberries, both of which would make a good pairing, atop a selection of gooey cheeses.