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Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Rancho del Oso 2004

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Owned by Betty O'Shaughnessy, this vineyard is located at the very top of Howell Mountain and is named after the red bear that climbs the deer fence and swims in the reservoir. I love the big fruit flavors and unmistakable intensity of Howell Mountain fruit. Please call winery (707) 473-2992 for ordering information.

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Sbragia Family Vineyards:
I've had for some time, a small, family-owned winery making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of my favorite vineyards. I've always had one foot in Sonoma and the other in Napa. Both areas mean a lot to me emotionally. I'm more attached to Dry Creek because it's where I raised my kids. But the wines that I've made at Beringer are like chi... Read more
I've had for some time, a small, family-owned winery making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of my favorite vineyards. I've always had one foot in Sonoma and the other in Napa. Both areas mean a lot to me emotionally. I'm more attached to Dry Creek because it's where I raised my kids. But the wines that I've made at Beringer are like children, so Napa is also a very special place for me. Either way, the wines are intensely personal, an expression not only of terroir, but of my family's winemaking heritage. -Ed Sbragia   Come visit us at our beautiful location at the end of Dry Creek Road. Our winery is perched on a hillside, overlooking the entire valley with sweeping views from our terrace. Guests are invited to bring a picnic or purchase light deli items from our tasting room and enjoy the sunshine and vineyard views. Seated Terrace Tastings are now available by appointment. Sbragia Family Vineyards prides itself on its single vineyard varietals and small case production. Varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the wines are made from vineyards owned by the Sbragia family, but do include select vineyards from Sonoma and Napa Valley as well. Our wines have received many accolades and are considered some of California’s best. The only thing better than the view is the wine! Read less

Member Reviews for Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Rancho del Oso

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Snooth User: Degrandcru
101685579
3.50 5
06/15/2009

Currant, black cherry, dark chocolate, nicely balanced, fruit forwarded new world cabernet. Very nice wine, but in my opinion for US$60 you get better deals.


Snooth User: MJRisenhoover
132403370
5.00 5
03/03/2009

Excellent aroma with a very pleasing finish, one of the best cabs I have had to pleasure to enjoy.


Snooth User: jelenoir
31829878
4.50 5
12/04/2009

Bought 2 of this at a great closeout price of 19.35, went back and bought 6 more, leaving 2 on the shelf, big mistake


Snooth User: jelenoir
31829878
4.00 5
12/20/2009

That is, a big mistake to leave the other two. When I went back a week later they were gone. Oh well, I shared a good wine at a great price with someone else who found a real treat.


Snooth User: sedecula
10970752
5.00 5
01/06/2010

Okay, this was a great wine. On a reccommendation we drove up to the top of Dry Creek Valley, soaking in the stunning view, and already thinking it was a blessing. Then the wines came, and finally, this 2004 Monte Rosso Cab was the last we sampled but also our favorite out of many "wows." To top it all off, the winemaker and his son, Ed and Adam Sbragia came out and took some time with us, patiently answering questions and getting to know us as well (have to say thought that Peggy knew her wines and was gracious in equal measure). It is everything that the other reviewers have detailed here, plus a beautiful location and gracious hosts. The wine was already an A, then the experience bumped it up to an A+. Then, we came back the next day around closing time, to have one more glass on the patio, and enjoy the view. Good move. More good wine, more time with the team and family here, and late afternoon sunshine bathing the Dry Creek Valley.


Snooth User: Illiniwino
10401735
4.00 5
12/07/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Rancho del Oso

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01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewAn outrageously superb Cabernet is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Wall Vineyard from Mt. Veeder. Blueberry, blackberry, scorched earth, charcoal, and truffle scents soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored offering. Tasting like a Cheval Blanc blended with a Grand-Puy-Lacoste, both on steroids, this full-bodied, heady, rich wine is pure, sensationally concentrated, and loaded with potential. It will drink well for 20-25 years.Wine Spectator ReviewRated 92Offers fresh, pure aromas of red currant and black cherry. Smooth, even plush on the palate, with a tight focus to the flavors, firming up and flexing its tannic strength on the finish, where this ends with a loamy note. Drink now through 2013.International Wine Cellar ReviewRated 91Good ruby-red. Aromatic nose combines cassis, licorice, violet and minerals, along with a loamy nuance. Sweet, round and ripe, with impressive body and power. The acids are ripe and harmonious, but this wines substantial tannins will require patience.



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Owned by Betty O'Shaughnessy, this vineyard is located at the very top of Howell Mountain and is named after the red bear that climbs the deer fence and swims in the reservoir. I love the big fruit flavors and unmistakable intensity of Howell Mountain fruit. Please call winery (707) 473-2992 for ordering information.

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