2013 Sbragia “Home Ranch” Chardonnay
$33 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
If you are unaware of Sbragia Family Vineyards, you’re not alone. Though highly regarded among critics–as you can see from the scores from granted by Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate, this winery produces a scant 12,000 cases per year. Ed Sbragia makes the wine with his son, Adam, both of whom worked at Beringer. Ed toiled there for 32 years as winemaker; he remains connected as a consultant.
Ed and his wife, Jane, purchased the Old Lake Sonoma Winery in 2006 and they have transformed based on their own vision. The Sbragias produce wines from both Sonoma and Napa fruit, and you’ll encounter excellent examples of traditionally Italian varietals in their portfolio. . .though this month’s Wine Club selection is a stunning chardonnay.
Ed’s grandfather is from Tuscany and worked in wineries in California when he immigrated here. Now four generations have been in the business.
Wine Spectator Review (92 pts.): “Beautifully crafted, rich and expansive, with a slow-building mix of green apple, tangerine, white peach and honeydew. Ends with a long, intense and persistent finish, echoing fig and honey. Drink now.” –James Laube
Wine Advocate Review (93 pts.): “Sbragia displays a Midas touch with chardonnay, and the 2013 Chardonnay Home Ranch is a big-time winner. Aged in 50% new oak and 50% older oak, it exhibits buttery crème brûlée and tangerine oil notes intermixed with honeysuckle and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied and luscious, with admirable fruit intensity as well as a long, textured, luscious finish, it can be drunk over the next two-to three years. This is also a stunning value for a chardonnay of this quality.” –Robert Parker, Jr.
Winery Tasting Notes: “A mix of stone and tropical fruits – peaches, pears, mangoes, pineapple – is evident in both the aromas and flavors, along with hints of honeysuckle and roasted almond. The wine wears its oak well, with the toasted marshmallow and vanilla flavors I love in chardonnay. The lively acidity keeps it balanced and bright, with a finish that lingers long on the palate.” –Ed Sbragia
Blend: 100% chardonnay
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