As the master winemaker at the famed Beringer winery in Napa for over 32 years, Ed Sbragia has made wine from every great vineyard in Northern California. Sbragia Family Vineyards is a dream Ed has had for many years, a small, family-owned winery making limited lots of wine from blocks of his favorite grapes, including his family's own Dry Creek vineyards. With his son Adam, Ed also focuses on extremely small production wines from spectacular sites, such as this 2005 Rancho Del Oso Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Though the 2011 vintage required patience, we're excited about
the results. A mix of stone and tropical fruits - peaches, pears, mangoes, pineapple - is evident in both the aromas and flavors, along with hints of honeysuckle and roasted almond. The wine wears its oak well, with the toasted... more
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Full of power and grace, this wine leaps from the glass with ripe black fruit aromas - cherries,
berries, plums - that dance across the palate at first sip. There's a chocolate note to the wine as well,
and the overall first impression is of maraschino cherries rolled in cocoa powder. Supple and... more
These grapes come from several blocks in this Yountville vineyard where there are lots of different clones planted. My goal is to make a Chardonnay in the biggest, most intensely rich style while keeping the wine in balance and maintaining the vineyard's terroir and fruit expression.
Up on Mount Veeder, you have to wind up a long road before arriving at Duane Wall's picturesque vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this remote vineyard has a dense purple color with classic creme de cassis, black plum, and cedar characteristics.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Wall offering... more
A brilliant beam of ripe, intense fruit shows off green apple, green pear and spicy floral scents. Sleek and refined, this is graceful and polished. One of the best Dry Creek Chardonnays in memory. Drink now through 2010.-Wine Spectator more
The brilliant 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso is even better out of bottle than it was from barrel. It possesses an earthy terroir character of graphite, hot bricks, and scorched earth that brings to mind a ripe vintage of Haut-Brion. Black currants, sweet cherries, and spice are also present... more
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!
A bold, opulent style, uncharacteristically complex and distinctive for this appellation. Layers of rich fig, apricot, pear and melon are deep and perfumed, finishing with a long, detailed aftertaste that showcases the wine's depth of flavor while maintaining a... more
The wine pops with black cherry, cola and chocolate cherry aromas that lead into lush dark fruit flavors of blackberries and dark black cherries, with a hint of frambroise liqueur. Structured tannins lead into a long finish with toasty notes. more
Warm, plummy aromas of black fruit, earth, dust and milk chocolate. Plush flavors of blackberry, caramel, semisweet chocolate and chalk. Sweetness builds in the long finish.
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...This is a fabulous Cabernet, drinkable now but with the structure to age for many years...-Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection more