- Inizi Charbono Napa Valley 2014$26.98Availability:In StockFor a lot of you, there is no point of reference for a wine like this. In truth, we don’t need more than our fingers to count all of the California versions of Charbono we have had over the years. The thing is that, among the limited experiences we have had with California versions of this varietal, there have been a disproportionate number of intriguing efforts. So on the rare occasion we are presented with a Charbono, we pay attention.This story is particularly interesting. We initially were a little skeptical of the ‘program’ at Inizi, a small side project for some wine professionals who have ‘day jobs’ at other wineries. That in itself is not a big deal. But the fact that they were focusing on eclectic Italian varietals like Sagrantino and Tocai Friulano, and blends of things like Dolcetto and Montepulciano, gave us some concern that they were a little bit out on the fringe from a marketability standpoint. The Inizi Charbono 2014, however, showed us some of the best traits of this somewhat hard to pinpoint grape.