2009 Sbragia "Home Ranch" Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chardonnay Home Ranch impresses for its layered fruit and elegant personality. This is a laid-back Chardonnay from Sbragia, but it all works, and beautifully. This is a striking showing. The Home Ranch was aged in French oak barrels, 50% new, with full malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Rich and creamy, yet light and delicate on its feet, with pear, fig, citrus and honeysuckle notes that gain depth, ending with a light toasty oak aftertaste. Drink now through 2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(barrel-fermented; 50% new oak): Bright pale yellow. Apricot and tropical fruit aromas along with a hint of minerality and a whiff of burnt match. Fat, creamy and sweet, with a leesy complexity to the peach and apricot flavors. Finishes with good firmness and length. Ed Sbragia described 2009 as "my kind of chardonnay, since I don't like the acidic, sauvignon style of chardonnay."