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Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot Dry Creek 2004

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The Home Ranch Vineyard is located on the east side of Dry Creek in Sonoma County. The eight-acre Merlot vineyard sits on the flatland of Dry Creek Valley, an area that had a propensity to flood before the Dry Creek Dam was built. As a result, the soil features rocky clay loam components, which contribute to great drainage in the vineyard.The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels in order to impart cedar and brown spice aromas and flavors and supple tannins. A small amount of Cabernet Franc was added to increase structure and intensity to the wine. The resulting 2004 Home Ranch Merlot bursts with bright black cherry aromas and offers a fruit-forward palate of black fruit and cocoa. Velvety tannins make this wine very food-friendly and a long finish makes you want to go back for another sip.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Exhibits notes of white chocolate, damp earth, and rich cherry and berry fruit. Dark ruby/purple, medium-bodied, this is well-made and elegantly d. It should drink well for 7-10 years. Release Date Feb 2007.

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Varietal: Merlot
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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. The eight-acre Merlot vineyard sits on the flatland of Dry Creek Valley, an area that had a propensity to flood before the Dry Creek Dam was built. As a result, the soil features rocky clay loam components, which contribute to great drainage in the vineyard.The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels in order to impart cedar and brown spice aromas and flavors and supple tannins. A small amount of Cabernet Franc was added to increase structure and intensity to the wine. The resulting 2004 Home Ranch Merlot bursts with bright black cherry aromas and offers a fruit-forward palate of black fruit and cocoa. Velvety tannins make this wine very food-friendly and a long finish makes you want to go back for another sip.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker Jr. | Issue #168 December 26, 2006Exhibits notes of white chocolate, damp earth, and rich cherry and berry fruit. Dark ruby/purple, medium-bodied, this is well-made and elegantly d. It should drink well for 7-10 years. Release Date Feb 2007.

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