2009 Sbragia Family Vineyards Chardonnay Valley Home Ranch Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 89
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"Rich and creamy, yet light and delicate on its feet, with pear, fig, citrus and honeysuckle notes that gain depth, ending with a light toasty oak aftertaste. Drink now through 2017. 4,508 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2009 Chardonnay Home Ranch impresses for its layered fruit and elegant personality. This is a laid-back Chardonnay from Sbragia, but it all works, and beautifully. This is a striking showing. The Home Ranch was aged in French oak barrels, 50% new, with full malolactic fermentation. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019." (WA)

"(barrel-fermented; 50% new oak): Bright pale yellow. Apricot and tropical fruit aromas along with a hint of minerality and a whiff of burnt match. Fat, creamy and sweet, with a leesy complexity to the peach and apricot flavors. Finishes with good firmness and length. Ed Sbragia described 2009 as "my kind of chardonnay, since I don't like the acidic, sauvignon style of chardonnay."" (IWC)

"Exceeds in ripe flavors of tropical fruits, tangerine and kiwi fruits, with an elaborate coating of sweet, caramelized oak. Brisk acidity brings a vitality to balance the richness. A flamboyant wine made in a popularly appealing style." (WE)

Winery Notes:
About one mile from Dry Creek, this thirteen-acre vineyard benefits from temperatures, that are a bit cooler than most of the appellation. It makes wine that's very aromatic with nice bright fruit, pear and lemon and a bit of minerality on the finish.

Our Home Ranch Vineyard, which my family has been farming for decades, is located on the Northeast side of Dry Creek in Sonoma County, California This thirteen-acre Chardonnay parcel benefits from temperatures that are a bit cooler than most of the appellation, resulting in a Chardonnay with bright fruit flavors, good structure and a nice balanced acidity.

A favorable amount of rain in the Spring was followed by a long, even growing season in 2009. A slightly extended harvest allowed ample time for rich flavors to develop, and the cooler Spring ensured an excellent balance of sugars and acid in the grapes. The grapes for the 2009 Home Ranch Chardonnay were hand-picked on September 23, 2009.

When crafting the Home Ranch Chardonnay, my son Adam and I chose to barrel ferment roughly half of the wine in new Burgundian barrels while the other half went into once-used barrels. The wine underwent 100 percent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 10 months, with the lees stirred weekly. Our goal was to create a classically crafted Chardonnay, with a wonderful richness and concentration of the fruit expression of our Home Ranch Vineyard.

The family vineyards are my father’s legacy and I get so much joy from crafting wines from our Home Ranch. I love the opulence of this wine, and the sun-kissed flavors of Sonoma County that it evokes. The 2009 Chardonnay has aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle and a hint of chestnut. Flavors of ripe tropical fruit are accented by notes of toasted marshmallow and a bright acidity that lingers into the finish.