Sbragia Family Vineyards

Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Creek Valley

2012 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details »

Rated 91

Robert Parker, Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
December 2014

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard is outstanding, which is not surprising given how many great Cabernet Sauvignons Ed Sbragia fashioned as the principal winemaker at Beringer for so many years. Notes of graphite, charcoal, blackcurrants and incense are found in this full-bodied, ripe Cabernet along with silky tannins, and a luscious, fleshy mouthfeel. Drink now-2030.

Highly-respected, long-time veteran winemaker Ed Sbragia received some terrific reviews in the Napa report published in the October, 2014 issue of The Wine Advocate, but he also produces a strong line-up of wines from Sonoma as evidenced by the following wines.


2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 2015

Rated 92

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel Magazine
March 2016

Smooth and dense with juicy blackberry and cherry; rich, deep and elegant; long and lush. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.

Rated 92 - Cellar Selection

VIRGINIE BOONE, Wine Enthusiast
November 2015

Splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot make their way into this vineyard-designate, a well-made offering of cola and blackberry with supple tannins. Layered and complex, it's medium in weight and length, with a density of oak on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

2011 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details »

Rated 91

Antonio Galloni, VINOUS MEDIA
February 2014

Sbragia's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard emerges from a site on the western side of Dry Creek Valley. A blast of dark red fruit melds into iron, smoke, tobacco and underbrush notes. In 2011 the flavors are bright and focused throughout. There are no hard edges or angular contours, but plenty of Dry Creek personality.

2010 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details »

Rated 92

Antonio Galloni, WINE ADVOCATE
June 2013

“...utterly impeccable from start to finish. Firm mountain tannins provide the backdrop as this expressive, powerful wine gradually reveals its personality. Iron, tobacco and licorice notes dominate, while the fruit takes a little longer to become evident. With time in the glass, the wine gets better and better, as sweet floral notes and an attractive upper register opens up. Still, this remains a fairly bold, muscular Cabernet Sauvignon that could use another handful of years in the cellar.�

Rated 90

June 2013

Made in Sbragia’s muscular style, a ripe, flashy wine, with briary blackberry, currant, mocha and oak flavors. The tannins are strong but soft, and the overall impression is complex. Fine now with steak, barbecue, but should gain bottle complexity over the next 5–6 years.

2009 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details »

Rated 93

Antonio Galloni, WINE ADVOCATE
February 2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard bristles with considerable energy and vibrancy. Freshly cut flowers, spices, red berries and wild savory herbs are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. A polished, beautifully delineated finish rounds out this gorgeous, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. The Andolsen spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 100% new. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Rated 92

March 2012

...This Cabernet does score high on the delicious scale. Shows Dry Creek’s rustic tannin structure... The blackberry, blueberry and currant flavors, which are accented with smoky oak, are incredible. Drink it over the next few years, and watch it change as it breaths in the glass.

2007 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Rated 90

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel
April 2011

Dark and ripe with plum, cassis and spice; smooth, rich, balanced and long with style and depth.

Rated 90

May/June 2010

Varietally expressive aromas of plum, cassis, licorice and dried herbs. Juicy and intense, with classic Dry Creek Cabernet notes of licorice and dried herbs. Nicely ripe for this wine but also has sound acidity to give it verve...

Rated 90

Robert Parker, Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
December 2009

The other offering from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen. From a different vintage altogether, it reveals sweeter tannin, riper fruit, and beautiful opulence and intensity. This pure, deep 2007 can be drunk now or cellared for 20+ years.

Rated 90 – Very Highly Recommended

California Grapevine
July/August 2010

Attractive, intense, tarish, plummy, black cherry fruit aroma with notes of graphite, green olive, black licorice and sandalwood; full body; big dense, extracted, plummy, cassis and blackberry flavors with a plush mouthfeel; full relatively soft tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very approachable now though deserving several more years of bottle aging.

2003 Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details »

Rated 90

July 2013

10 Year Retrospective Tasting: TOP 20

A solid effort that's dense, chewy, youthful and concentrated, with a complex mix of dried dark berry, prune, crushedock and blackberry. This is ready now, but has time on the clock. 2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now. 937 cases made.

Rated 90+

Robert Parker, Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
June 2013

10 Year Retrospective Tasting: 2003

The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard reveals powerful minerality, moderate tannins to shed and medium to full body. It displays the potential of the Dry Creek area for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Sbragia made fewer than 1,000 cases of this beauty, which was aged 18 months in 100% new French oak. The final blend was 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc that finished at 14.6% natural alcohol. Give this wine several more years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade.

The longtime, bigger-than-life winemaker at Beringer, Ed Sbragia, now produces wines under his own label. All four of his 2003s admirably demonstrate his obvious talent.