2010 Sbragia "Gamble Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1138343 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sbragia has always demonstrated a Midas touch with Chardonnay, and that is apparent with the magnificent 2010 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. It exhibits a premier cru Meursault-like nuttiness along with a buttery richness, creamy, full-bodied texture and terrific purity. It’s no shy white at 15% natural alcohol. All of the Sonoma cuvees from Ed Sbragia, whose winery is located in Dry Creek, will be reviewed in the December, 2013 issue. The former and highly respected and successful winemaker for Beringer, Sbragia has produced these cuvees from Napa Valley under his own name. (RP)  (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers lots of flavors built around smoky, toasty, mocha-laced oak and ripe, opulent fig, pear and honeydew melon, ending with a tempting roasted marshmallow aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.  (7/2013)

92 points Vinous

 Sbragia's 2010 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch is beautifully bright, focused and layered. Smoke, honey, anise and ripe pears are all woven together nicely. Even with full malolactic fermentation, the 2010 is bursting with tension and energy. This is a great showing from Ed Sbragia.  (10/2013)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2013 | Send Email
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There are some wines that, from the very moment they hit your glass, make it known that you’re in for a treat. The 2010 Sbragia “Gamble Ranch” Napa Valley Chardonnay is one such wine. Golden-hued in the glass with seductive aromas of butter pecan, lemon chiffon and tropical fruit aromas which quickly give way to a palate full of lemon meringue pie, golden delicious apples, hazelnut and clove flavors. The wine has a silky texture, good acidity and a harmonious finish. This is a flat-out delicious Chardonnay that is currently hitting on all cylinders.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2016

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2