Folk Machine Charbono 2020, Suisun Valley, California

“The Folk Machine was created in 2005 to primarily be a home for Pinot Noir, but is now also the main venue for our more esoteric line of wines.” Folk Machine wines are part of the Hobo Wine Co. Kenny Likitprakong believes that the possibility for wine to create community, to be history, to tell a story, and to transcend time and place still enchants, captivates, and inspires. In the Spring of 2013, Kenny got in touch with Brian Babcock in Suisun Valley. He had a small two-acre block of Charbono that was just a few years old after being grafted over from Merlot. Charbono is slow ripening even with the warm weather and holds acid. What more could we ask for. 20% whole clusters or stems were included in the uninoculated fermentation and the wine was aged in all older barrels for 10 months before bottling. “This wine is very dark in color and heavy in the nose, but it ‘live up to this expectation. It actually drinks very pretty, almost light. The tannin level is moderate given the way it looks and smells.” – winery