2014 Tofanelli Charbono Napa Valley


When we chose Napa Valley as the theme for our December 2018 Pathfinder Club, it was with producers and wines like this in mind. The Tofanelli family has been farming their little corner of Calistoga since 1929, but their vines of Charbono were planted in 1987 at the suggestion of Napa Valley legend, “The Maestro” André Tchelistcheff.

What is Charbono, you ask?  Charbono is also known as Bonarda in Italy, and as Douce Noir in the Savoie region of France, where it originated. It was widely planted in Napa and Sonoma Counties by Italian immigrants in the 19th century, who called it Barbera. Charbono ripens later than Cabernet Sauvignon, and thrives in Calistoga’s hot, long growing season. Our hat is off to the Tofanelli family for never pulling up these head-pruned, dry-farmed soldiers on Dunaweal Lane. They are the essence of the “old” Napa Valley. It’s worth noting that Turley Wine Cellars made a Tofanelli Charbono from 1999-2007.

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