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Jon Nathaniel Wines

2014 Goliath Charbono

2014 Goliath Charbono

What it tastes like to us…

There are less than 100 acres of Charbono in Napa Valley, but we were able to nab a couple of barrels worth of grapes to come up with this inky, purple specimen. Here are some of the adjectives that came out of our tastings: Aromas of singed (singed? uh, okay) plum, cherry compote and white licorice; secondary notes of cinnamon and cardamom. Voluptuous and ripe on the palate; sweet dark red and black fruit flavors, ending on a spicy note.” Okay, we’ll go with that. Warning though, Goliath is a giant of a wine that might just knock you over like a slingshot.

What Mother Nature delivered…

2014 was another stellar vintage in Napa Valley. Seriously. We’re not just saying that. Heavy rains in the winter when we wanted them… a warm, frost-free spring… and dry weather throughout the summer. What more could a grapevine want? An early harvest capped it all off. The wines tell the rest of the story.

What we did then…

We hand-picked the grape clusters – didn’t take too long as we were only trying to fill two barrels. After sorting and de-stemming, we put the fruit in the barrels (had to take the barrel heads off first), let them soak for about four days (gets ‘em nice and ready for fermentation), then let the fermentation rip. Oh, and we used 1-year old French oak barrels so the oak wouldn’t overwhelm the fruit. As the wine fermented we rotated the barrels a couple times a day to extract color, flavor and tannin. After fermentation, the free run wine was taken off the lees and then returned to barrel where it aged for 18 months.  

If you don’t want to read all of the above:

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 100% Charbono
Production: Only two barrels made
Aging: 18 months

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