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Date Printed: 11/27/2014
Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2005
Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 90711)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/27/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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. Enjoy!" –Winemaster, Ed Sbragia

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About Beringer Vineyards:

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 Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.