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2012 "mbf" Charbono

2012
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Charbono
Appellation
Calistoga - Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Frediani Vineyard
Alcohol %
14.5
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The foundation of our Reserve "mbf" (man’s best friend) wines is always a strong relationship; a vineyard owner, a handshake agreement and winemaker Brenda Lynch's desire to craft an excellent wine from their grapes.  Known in France as Douce Noir (which translates to "sweet black") and as Bonarda in Argentina, California Charbono is planted on less than 90 acres of land. Luckily for Mutt Lynch, it thrives near our home in Calistoga, Napa Valley.  Our grapes are from the Frediani Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley.  The vines dating back to 1938.  It’s a historic locale for California Charbono and grapes from the Frediani old vines are highly sought after.   

Brenda's Winemaking.  2012 was the second vintage of my Frediani Vineyard Charbono and my winemaking was all about gentle handling and french oak aging. Fermentation took place in an open top tank, with 3 times per day punch-downs. The wine was barreled down and malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 18 months.  The age of the Frediani vines definitely shows through in the complex and nuanced character of my 2012 Reserve "mbf" Charbono. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Charbono
Appellation
Calistoga - Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Frediani Vineyard
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
From August 2020. The wine has savory aromas of dried red fruit, plum and Italian herbs. The flavor profile is one of lovely notes of plum, smokey oak, spice and an earthy mushroom quality on the finish. It is a full bodied wine with a supple mouthfeel, yet its tannins are still present, showing the potential for exceptional aging.
Food Pairing Notes
Our suggested food pairing for our Charbono always includes an earthy component, red meat and richness to pair with the wine's core character. How about penne pasta noddles in Arrabbiata Sauce (Spicy Tomato Sauce) with sausage and mushroom. And now smoked brisket. Rustic but delicious!
Product Reviews
Michael L. Sarna's Gravatar
Michael L. Sarna
(Apr 11, 2015 at 4:04 PM)
We recently discovered the Mutt Lynch Winery and we've just fallen in love with their wines...and the 'mbf Charbono' is no exception. Deep rich colors and legs that just cling on the sides of the glass. Nose of dark fruits and slight vanilla with some oak. Nice dark berry and subtle tannis make this a huge favorite of ours. Great on it's own or paired with pasta and red sauce.

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