2013 Jade Lake Charbono
By the end of the nineteenth century, Charbono was simply prolific in the Napa Valley, long before Cabernet became king. Today there are fewer than 100 acres planted in all of California. This wine is at first savory and earthy with notes of cinnamon, black olive, tobacco, and bacon fat. With another swirl come aromas of cocoa, toast, dried cherry and fruit leather. Red raspberry and a firm acid backbone underlie a dynamic profile of black plum, espresso, fresh fig and strawberry jam. The tannins are chalky and angular, helping to bridge the ripe, lingering finish with touches of mint, hazelnut, and molasses.
From the outset, 2013 had the makings of a blockbuster year. Little to no spring rain set the vineyards up for early season stress resulting in concentrated fruit with deep, dark color. The old vines thrived in the heat of the summer and ripening progressed slowly and methodically. Compared to the acclaimed 2012 vintage, the 2013 wines will be remembered for their density and power.