2012 Sbragia "Gamble Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Over fifty percent of Ed Sbragia’s wines are from Dry Creek in Alexander Valley. They will be included in my future report on Sonoma. His offerings from Napa Valley include Chardonnays as well as Bordeaux varietals. When Ed Sbragia was the chief winemaker for Beringer, he had a Midas touch with many wines, but above all, he knew how to produce hedonistic, complex, full-flavored Chardonnays, which he continues to do at his own winery. As for the 2012s, as one might expect, they reveal more glycerin, body and density as well as denser fruit and sweeter tannin. The magnificent 2012 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch boasts a spectacular perfume of unbuttered popcorn, caramelized citrus, white peach and honey. This gorgeously textured, opulent, full-bodied Chardonnay offers terrific freshness, precision and length. It can be enjoyed over the next 3-5 years.
The 2012 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch is obviously totally different in style than the 2011 because of the vintage's personality. Rich, butter and expressive, the 2012 flows with the essence of almond, nectarine, spices and wild flowers. The style is textured and resonant, with considerable volume and tons of near-term appeal.