Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 90995
  • white wine
  • WE94
  • WS92
  • RP92
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • RP95
  • WS93
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Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for the 2007 Sbragia Limited Chardonnay came from our Gamble Ranch Vineyard. Located in Oakville, this vineyard customarily yields our most intensely flavored and rich Chardonnay fruit, and consistently provides flavors that Winemaster Emeritus Ed Sbragia calls unctuous.

After the grapes were gently destemmed and crushed, Ed aged each lot separately for nine months in 100 percent new French oak, pairing subtleties he wanted to highlight in the fruit with characteristics he has learned to expect in the different barrels. Malolactic fermentation and weekly lees stirring encouraged the creamy richness already evident in the juice and helped the oak aromas and flavors to be well integrated. The wine has a pretty yellow gemstone color, luscious aromas of brown spice (especially dark cinnamon), lemon peel, grilled pineapple, butterscotch and toasty oak that lead into a rich and creamy mouthfeel showcasing ripe pear, lemon curd, spice and lemon zest that extend into the finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Very strongly flavored, very big and powerful in both oak and fruit. Beringer aims for the fences with this massive Chard, which erupts with tropical fruit, ripe pear, baked pastry crust, buttered toast, mineral and cinnamon spice flavors. Not for the faint-hearted, but it's sheer decadence"
94 Points

"Ultrarich and full-bodied, with deep, ripe pear, apple and spicy hazelnut notes that turn smooth and creamy, gaining depth and focus on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 5,600 cases made."
92 Points

"Made from a selection of the best barrels from the Private Reserve program, the similarly-styled 2007 Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release exhibits more layers as well as a bigger, bolder style. The wine is no better than the Private Reserve, just riper and slightly heavier. Both wines are top-flight Chardonnays to consume during their first 2-3 years of life. "
92 Points

"Pale yellow. The nose shows an exotic quality that reminded me of honeyed botrytis. Then denser and fatter in the mouth than the Reserve, with a saline element and strong barrel and lees tones of creme brulee, nuts and charred oak. Offers a softer palate feel than the Reserve, and perhaps a bit less verve, but really fills the mouth."
90 Points

"Golden honey hue. Aromatic nose of juicy apple, butterscotch and honey. Melded flavors of orange, red apple and vanilla accented by buttery oak and mineral. Tart, cleansing finish with a nice backing of crisp acidity."
90 Points

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