The 2015 Charbono is an incredibly important vintage for me personally, as it represents the first chance I’ve had to work exclusively with the fruit from the Rossi vineyard in Rutherford. This vineyard is owned by Frog’s Leap Winery, where I work full-time as vineyard manager. In 2008, we planted a little less than 2 acres of Charbono, and it has been my incredible privilege to help train these vines up the stake, prune them, shape their maturation, and finally share in their fruit. Dry-farmed, organically grown, and head-trained in the old style, these vines and the resulting wine represent my attempt to approach the greatness of the old Inglenook Charbonos, which inspired the creation of Calder and which continue to shape the vision I have of the character of my home, Napa Valley.
Tasting note: Black cherry and ripe plum fruit is interlaced with dark spice, minty earthiness, and top notes that lean toward the floral. Medium- to full-bodied, it has a savory density on the palate to match its bright fruit, finishing with a bit of grip.
Winemaking: 1.75 tons were harvested on September 2nd, 2015. One-quarter of the fruit went into the fermentation bins whole-cluster, with the rest de-stemmed. Fermentation was cool and gradual, with daily punch-downs continuing until all lots went dry after 12 days. All lots completed fermentation on the strength of their indigenous yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine was barreled down into French oak (25% new) and aged with two rackings for 30 months. The 2015 Charbono was bottled under sterile filtration on March 21st, 2018.