Sbragia Merlot Dry Creek Home Ranch Vineyard 2010
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Ed Sbragia was head winemaker for Beringer Vineyards for many years producing award winnig, top scoring wines in every category. Now he lives in Dry Creek Valley and produces wines from his own vineyards. This Home Ranch Merlot is sourced from his 8 acre Merlot vineyard that used to be a flood plain before the built the Dry Creek Dam. As a result the vineyard has excellent drainage leaving his vines to send their roots deep into the rocky soil struggling for water. This gives him low yields and very small concentrated berries with intense flavors. The wine has 5% Cabernet Franc blended in and it was aged 18 months in French Nevers oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made this an Editors Choice and scored it 92 points saying "An impressive wine. Ed Sbragia wrestles that famously briary Dry Creek rusticity to the ground, forcing it into refined elegance. With straightforward blackberry, cherry, mocha and cedar flavors, it’s simply delicious for drinking now."