Robert Foley Charbono, 2006
This wine is dark in the glass with a scent of sweet grapes and no alcohol. Spice notes yield to a juiciness that travels the length of the tongue with waves of fine tannins, providing a nice balance of dryness to the fruit. This wine seems well crafted, does not taste young, and is nicely balanced-there is no heat of alcohol. Both of us pegged raspberry liqueur as one of the apparent flavors in this complex wine along with a hint of leather. It is medium bodied but not soft.
The wine paired nicely with a plate of Glazed Chicken with Porcini and Crispy Potatoes (post coming on Friday). In fact, we tasted this Charbono before buying it at a small wine store and thought it would go well with a mushroom dish as it was distinctly flavored with a slight earthy funk. I think the wine goes well with this chicken dish and also could pair well with an earthy approach to lamb or beef. At a retail price of about $35 this wine is on the more expensive side but will really shine if matched with a dish that enhances the unique characteristics of Charbono.