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Bottle Price $64.99
Year 2012
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country United States

Product Code: 3103655

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Charter Oak Winery is a partnership between Rob Fanucci (lawyer by day and vintner for 10+ years), his son David and friend Jim White. Their winery is one of the more unique ones in the Napa Valley and is a complete throwback to the “old” days of winemaking. It is rare and actually quite refreshing to find a commercial winery in the Napa Valley that does mostly everything by hand including pressing all their fruit in an old basket press.

Rob still has all his grandfather’s old winemaking tools, the 100 year old basket press, home made punch down tools including a well stained purple wooden piece that resembles an over sized baseball bat as well as an assortment of various other wine making implements.

Rob grew up in St. Helena and his grandfathered winery cellar is under the same house where his grandfather Guido Ragghianti made home wine. Rob’s grandparents moved to St. Helena in 1920 and Rob grew up around the vineyards but actually learned winemaking during his 98 year old grandfathers last harvest in 1986. Rob remembers the cost of making wine at that time (aside from their labor) coming out to about 25cents per bottle as they were given the grapes for free, they used recycled bottles and had no new oak costs.

Their wines are made in an elegant softer style, are well layered, balanced and generally do not display any harsh tannins or mouth drying structure. As a result these are wines that are certainly approachable upon release. Part of the reason these wines do not have the harsh tannins lies with the basket press. Less juice can be gained from the fruit using this method of pressing. It is not physically possible to squeeze out extra juice like the automatic bladder presses can do and as a result you are not introducing that final pressed juice which contains additional tannins. It should also be noted that using the basket press gives their wines excellent extraction.

The winemaking here, in today’s jargon, is purist in style but is really no different then wines that were made 90-100 years ago and earlier. Everything is done by hand; there are no forklifts or pallet jacks at this winery! The wines are made unfined and unfiltered and native yeasts are used for all fermentations. Even the maloloactic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally. Once the wine has been pressed out from the seeds and skins it is then transferred by hand in buckets to the new and used French Oak barrels for its aging.

Tasting Notes: Deep, dark, decadent and delicious, loads of rich black Bing cherry, backed by ripe blueberry notes and swirls of ripe wild blackberry. The Guido is a blend of old vine Petite Sirah from the historic Papina and David Fulton Vineyards in St. Helena, planted in the 1890s and 1920s, respectively. We also added a generous amount of Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon grown high above the sleepy town of St. Helena and a splash of Rutherford Petit Verdot from the Lucio Dalla Gasperina Vineyard to round out the blend. This wine will certainly knock your socks off! Shoes too!
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