A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2019 Frediani Vineyard Charbono

It is such an honor to work with the Frediani family and these old vines planted in the 1940s and 1980s. Charbono is one of the rarest grapes of Napa Valley, having been loved by the Italian immigrant families, but gradually pulled out to plant, mainly, Cabernet. It is ideally suited to the up-valley, rocky sites where it retains acidity well. The color is a deep purple with a magenta edge. Aromatics are effusive and sultry, with hugely charming blue and purple fruit, chocolate and hints of mint. On the palate, the 2019 displays the dense concentration of the year, with layers of deep fruit cascading along on the juicy, smooth finish.

  • 100% Charbono
  • 100% Frediani Vineyard, Calistoga
  • Rare, old-vine Charbono from vines planted in the 1940's and 1980's
  • Dry-farmed
  • Fermented with native yeast in open top fermenters
  • Aged in once-used French oak barrels for 19 months
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 62 cases produced from 2.5 neutral French oak barrels
  • Music Pairing: “Smoke on the Water” - Deep Purple
Baked plums, blueberries, violets, and iron notes all emerge from the 2019 Charbono Frediani Vineyard, a medium to full-bodied, elegant, if not pretty, expression of this variety that has loads to love. It’s drinking nicely today and should last for a decade. This is 100% Charbono and comes from vines planted in the 1940s. It was raised in once used French oak.
Jeb Dunnuck
March 10, 2022
Sourced from the Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga, there are just 62 cases of Relic's 2019 Charbono. An almost forgotten grape in Napa, this version was made in older oak yet is inky in color, with layers of black cherries, blackberries and plums. It's full-bodied, rich and intense, with plenty of substance, yet the tannins are ripe and supple, yielding an almost melted-chocolate finish—long, velvety and mouthwatering, with perhaps just a touch of warmth.
Joe Czerwinski
The Wine Advocate
May 31, 2022