The winery has some varietals that are not common in California such as Dolcetto, Gamay Noir and Sangiovese. The varietal that I tasted recently is even more rare than those mentioned. It is Charbono.
I had never heard of it before. Upon looking into the wine more, I found it is a different name for Bonarda, the red varietal that is increasing production and trying to be the new Malbec in Argentina. The third name the grape goes by is Corbeau. This is the original name for the grape in its native France. Some believe that it is related to Dolcetto in Italy as well.
In regards to just Duxoup's Charbono, it is quite delicious. It is a very dark purple in the glass. It has a strong nose but upon drinking, it has a lot more fruit than you would expect from the first sniff. It is full bodied red but big and chewy. It is also high in tannin's and good acidity.
Duxoup Charbono in a Nutshell:
Description: Deep purple in color. Rich with a long finish. Shows good fruit, mostly plum. Also has a touch of pepper on the finish.
Pairings: Great with a Flank Steak or Carne Asada tacos. The perfect wine for anything with Chipotle seasoning.
Vintages/Price: Current vintage is 2008. $20 should be very close to the price wherever you find this wine. Goes pretty fast though because there is less than 500 cases produced.
For more information, please visit http://www.duxoup.com/charbono.html