Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 108628
  • white wine
  • RP92
  • ST92
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.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • RP95
  • WS93
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is made in Ed's signature style – generous, rich aromas and flavors that layer together beautifully and leave a luscious finish. The fruit at Gamble Ranch exhibits an abundance of rich aromas and flavors when aged in new French oak. Ed developed this Chardonnay and this wine is the perfect expression of Ed's generous nature. – Laurie Hook, Winemaker

Critical Acclaim

"Beringer has backed off the quantity of oak used in the Chardonnay Sbragia Limited Release, and the 2008 is all the better for it. Subtle pain grille and smoke notes are accompanied by opulent tropical fruit, buttered brioche, roasted nuts, and plenty of citrus oil and honeysuckle notes. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years."
92 Points

"Bright yellow. Slightly exotic aromas of pineapple, minerals and cr e me br u lee Rich-verging-on-unctuous, with considerable flavor intensity but a restrained sweetness. This seems unusually closed at this stage but has the density and concentration to reward a couple years of patience. The lots that go into this bottling are chosen for richness, notes winemaker Laurie Hook."
92 Points

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No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876. Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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