2010 Sbragia "Gamble Ranch" Napa Valley Chardonnay
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.
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.
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.