As masters of distilling and winemaking we intentionally focus on our strengths, leaving grape growing to the professionals. Living in the Napa Valley, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by amazing grape growers and we’ve built partnerships with the best over the decades. We value their expertise, paying top price for the small amounts of the finest fruit we need each year.
It gives us the freedom to pick and choose, based on the quality of the vintage. And more time to concentrate on what we do best – combining the art of winemaking and distilling.
Why does this make a difference to you, the drinker?
We fortify our Port with barrel-aged Brandy and you can taste the difference. This expensive step in the process adds an extra dimension of flavor and richness, taking our Port to the highest level of quality.
As Jenni Karakasevic likes to explain – “We craft delicious. To achieve this, we build each of our ports, brandy’s and wines layer by layer, slowly. This is how we create this unforgettable flavor that is the heart and soul of the Charbay Collection.”
Brandy No. 83 is as close to a Cognac you can get, made in California. Distilled from 100% Folle Blanche, in the same Alambic Charentais pot still used by the Cognac houses, aged in French oak for decades, just like a premium Cognac.
Brandy No. 89 is a blend of two different varietals – Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Usually Brandy is bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) but not ours. Our Brandy No. 89 was bottled at 92 proof (46% ABV). Why? Marko wanted you to taste it the way he loves it. If you prefer it on the lighter side, adjust it to your liking, with the desired amount of ice and/or water.
We’ve earned respect amongst our peers for going the extra mile. We don’t cut corners, preferring to work hard and show patience in crafting all of our artisanal products. It’s the only way we know how and it’s what makes our products distinct and delicious. Our approach to winemaking is no different.
Our 2007 Syrah, a classic big California rich Syrah, with balanced acid and tannins, is sourced from the Red Hills AVA, Lake County.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, an elegant, balanced and softly full flavored red, is sourced from the famed Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley.
For more information about our artisanal Ports, Brandy’s and Wines, click to our Collection page.