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Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Dry Creek 2005

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The Home Ranch Vineyard is located on the east side of Dry Creek in Sonoma County. This 13-acre Chardonnay parcel benefits from temperatures that are a bit cooler than most of the appellation, resulting in a Chardonnay with bright fruit flavors, good structure, and a nice balanced acidity. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged for ten months, with the lees stirred weekly. The goal was to create a classically crafted Chardonnay, with a wonderful richness and concentration of the fruit expression of our Home Ranch Vineyard. The resulting 2005 Chardonnay has wonderful aromas of peaches, pears, tangerine and dried pineapple with nice spice notes and a hint of Dry Creek minerality that lingers through the mouth and into the finish.Wine Spectator | James Laube | July 31, 2007A brilliant beam of ripe, intense fruit shows off green apple, green pear and spicy floral scents. Sleek and refined, this is graceful and polished. One of the best Dry Creek Chardonnays in memory. Drink now through 2010.Wine Enthusiast | October 2007The underlying fruit smacks of lemon curd, peach pie and kumquats with a keen, cold minerality. Well charred oak and less contribute the richest notes of butterscotch, vanilla and toast. Dry, crisp and elegant, this is one of the best Dry Creek Valley Chards I've ever tasted.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Sbragia has always made top-notch Chardonnay, so it's not surprising that one of the best values in the marketplace is the 2005 Chardonnay Dry Creek. This wine is outstanding, more restrained than most Sbragia Chardonnays, with a real terroir earthiness, elegant lemon oil and peach blossom notes, and some tropical fruit intermixed with subtle wood. In fact, the wood is not nearly as dominant as it usually is in Sbragia's Chardonnays. The wine should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Release Date Mar 2007.

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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

The Home Ranch Vineyard is located on the east side of Dry Creek in Sonoma County. This 13-acre Chardonnay parcel benefits from temperatures that are a bit cooler than most of the appellation, resulting in a Chardonnay with bright fruit flavors, good structure, and a nice balanced acidity. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged for ten months, with the lees stirred weekly. The goal was to create a classically crafted Chardonnay, with a wonderful richness and concentration of the fruit expression of our Home Ranch Vineyard. The resulting 2005 Chardonnay has wonderful aromas of peaches, pears, tangerine and dried pineapple with nice spice notes and a hint of Dry Creek minerality that lingers through the mouth and into the finish.Wine Spectator | James Laube | July 31, 2007A brilliant beam of ripe, intense fruit shows off green apple, green pear and spicy floral scents. Sleek and refined, this is graceful and polished. One of the best Dry Creek Chardonnays in memory. Drink now through 2010.Wine Enthusiast | October 2007The underlying fruit smacks of lemon curd, peach pie and kumquats with a keen, cold minerality. Well charred oak and less contribute the richest notes of butterscotch, vanilla and toast. Dry, crisp and elegant, this is one of the best Dry Creek Valley Chards I've ever tasted.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Sbragia has always made top-notch Chardonnay, so it's not surprising that one of the best values in the marketplace is the 2005 Chardonnay Dry Creek. This wine is outstanding, more restrained than most Sbragia Chardonnays, with a real terroir earthiness, elegant lemon oil and peach blossom notes, and some tropical fruit intermixed with subtle wood. In fact, the wood is not nearly as dominant as it usually is in Sbragia's Chardonnays. The wine should drink nicely for 4-5 years. Release Date Mar 2007.

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