Sbragia 2006 Home Ranch Chardonnay (Dry Creek Valley)
86 Points

Those used to the fabulous richness of Ed Sbragia's Chardonnays at Beringer might find this disappointing. It's a good wine, with the Burgundian formula of half-barrel fermention in new oak, malolactic fermentation and weekly lees stirring, so it has those winemaker-added notes of creamy, yeasty smokiness. Yet the underlying pear and apple flavors are a little thin.

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  • Alcohol
    14.8%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    White
  • Date Published
    9/1/2008
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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