This dark garnet wine boasts a luscious bouquet of chocolate-enrobed cherry, fresh raspberry and bramble swirled amongst hints of cherry cola, toasted oak and vanilla spice. The palate is approachable and bright, opening with sweet red plum, fresh red berries and raspberry jam and following with notes of cigar box spice and sweet clove that linger throughout the mouthwatering finish.
Fruit was harvested from our vineyards in a handful of the Napa Valley’s most renowned appellations including Rutherford and Oakville. Known for their distinct terroir, both of these appellations impart their unique characteristics in the fruit, contributing to Charmstone’s overall complexity.
With consistently mild temperatures throughout spring and summer, 2012 was a stellar vintage in Napa Valley, allowing slow, even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. The berries were hand-harvested at night, carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place. Then, the wine was racked to 60% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
This bright, fruit-forward wine would make a delectable pairing for a variety of dishes, especially a hearty meal of spiced lamb burgers with roasted sweet potato rounds. For a delightful cheese course, try this wine alongside Reblochon, a mild, fruity, semi-soft French cheese with a nutty finish.