Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2005
from Napa Valley, California
The Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay represents the selection of the selection. The
vineyards Ed Sbragia customarily chooses to use in his Private Reserve Chardonnay
are located around the town of Yountville where daytime temperatures slowly climb as
the cooling morning fog recedes south to the San Pablo Bay. This significant diurnal
shift allows the grapes to maintain their acidity, which is essential to balancing the
ripe, rich flavors they develop during warm afternoons. One of these vineyards,
Gamble Ranch, consistently provides flavors that Winemaster Ed Sbragia calls
"unctuous," and in 2005, he decided that this fruit would be ideal for his 2005 Sbragia
Limited Release Chardonnay.
The wine has
a pretty yellow gemstone color, luscious aromas of brown spice, lemon peel, tarte tatin,
butterscotch and brown spice that lead into a rich and creamy mouthfeel showcasing
grilled pineapple, brown spice, crisp apples and citrus peel flavors.
"With a wine with my name on it you know that its got to be my signature style, big,
with more and more aromas and flavors that invite you back. In the 2005 vintage,
gorgeous aromas of citrus and butterscotch greet the nose as rich flavors of lemon,
crème brûlée and spice fill the mouth and linger throughout a long and saturated finish.
–Winemaster, Ed Sbragia
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