Wine Enthusiast 96 points - Opening nosing passes detect subtle toasty, charcoal aromas. Entry is off-dry to sweet and properly oily; sweet graininess dominates the midpalate. Aftertaste is long, bittersweet and delectably oily. Fashioned more in the plump, sweet style of Holland than eastern Europe (thick, hearty) or Scandinavia (light, flowery).
— P.P. (4/1/2003) — 96-100 (Jun 2006)
Our 12th Generation Master Distiller Miles, and son, Marko, use American Midwest corn & rye for their clear vodka. It's distilled to 192 proof for purity, then gently filtered to preserve the spirit's body and mouthfeel. We do not filter through charcoal, limestone or filter-agents.
|Alcohol: 40% by Vol.
|On the rocks, with a splash of soda water, or shaken & served up.
|CHARBAY Winery & Distillery remains an independent family business owned by Miles and Susan Karakasevic. They work side by side with their son Marko & his wife, Jenni, to carry on the inherited artisan traditions.
The family is one of the early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement. They began distilling in California in 1983 with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and haven't stopped since then.
Marko is Generation XIII to carry on the family's European heritage of fermenting & distilling. It's hard to find someone with a more spontaneous love of the art form all grounded in solid experience. This family is hands on and it shows in the quality of everything they bottle.
Based in Napa Valley, the family lives and works admidst peaceful pine trees on Spring Mountain above St. Helena - at the affectionately known as "The Still on the Hill".
Creativity and passion are grounded with a powerful professional background.