Sbragia Family Vineyards

Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay

2013 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay Wine Details »

Rated 90

Robert Parker Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
March 2016

"Another rich, honeyed style of wine fermented and aged in 100% new French oak is the 2013 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. This has a light gold, greenish-hued color and plenty of white peach, honeysuckle and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity, richness and length, it should keep nicely for 3-4 years."

Rated 91

December 2015

A kiss of smoky, creamy vanilla bolsters this elegantly styled, moderately rich effort. Shows off citrus, green apple and pear flavors, ending with a smoky aftertaste of roasted marshmallow. Drink now. 1,138 cases made.

2012 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay Wine Details »

Rated 96

Robert Parker Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
October 2014

The magnificent 2012 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch boasts a spectacular perfume of unbuttered popcorn, caramelized citrus, white peach and honey. This gorgeously textured, opulent, full-bodied Chardonnay offers terrific freshness, precision and length. It can be enjoyed over the next 3-5 years.

Over fifty percent of Ed Sbragia’s wines are from Dry Creek in Alexander Valley. They will be included in my future report on Sonoma. His offerings from Napa Valley include Chardonnays as well as Bordeaux varietals. When Ed Sbragia was the chief winemaker for Beringer, he had a Midas touch with many wines, but above all, he knew how to produce hedonistic, complex, full-flavored Chardonnays, which he continues to do at his own winery. As for the 2012s, as one might expect, they reveal more glycerin, body and density as well as denser fruit and sweeter tannin.

Rated 92

July 2015

Rich, bordering on unctuous, with lush notes of fig, melon, baked apple and baking spices that add a nice dimension. The flavors remain fresh and lively, accented by a spicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 643 cases made.

2011 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay Wine Details »

Rated 91


Bright medium yellow.  Musky aromas of butterscotch and creme brulee.  Denser and sweeter than the Home Ranch bottling, with more tropical fruit flavors leavened by smoky minerality.  Chewy enough to support its full alcohol but on the sweet side.

Rated 91

Antonio Galloni, VINOUS MEDIA
November 2013

Ed Sbragia's 2011 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch is bright, focused and beautifully layered. Lemon oil, almonds, smoke and crushed flowers all meld together in a focused, intense Chardonnay built on energy. The 2011 is beautiful, but it could use a little more bottle age to be at its best. The mid-weight style of the year comes through loud and clear.

2010 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay Wine Details »

Rated 94

Robert Parker, Jr., WINE ADVOCATE
October 2013

"Sbragia has always demonstrated a Midas touch with Chardonnay, and that is apparent with the magnificent 2010 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch. It exhibits a premier cru Meursault-like nuttiness along with a buttery richness, creamy, full-bodied texture and terrific purity. It’s no shy white at 15% natural alcohol."

Rated 93

July 2013

Offers lots of flavors built around smoky, toasty, mocha-laced oak and ripe, opulent fig, pear and honeydew melon, ending with a tempting roasted marshmallow aftertaste. Drink now through 2018.

2009 Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay Wine Details »

Rated 91

Antonio Galloni, WINE ADVOCATE
December 2011

The 2009 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch shows gorgeous textural ripeness and fabulous overall balance in its expressive varietal fruit. This is a beautiful, lush Chardonnay that is fermented and aged in French oak barrels (100% new) with weekly lees stirring. All of the elements are nicely balanced from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. 

Rated 91

April 2012

An understated mix of smoke, fig, roasted marshmallow and tangerine flavors makes this complex and intriguing, as the notes build on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 


June 2012

Ed Sbragia, who set out on his own with a home base in Sonoma after three decades at Beringer, certainly hasn’t lost his touch.  The wine from Gamble Ranch, in Napa, is the richer, weightier of the two wines he makes; the Dry Creek Home Ranch is more delicate.  As a pair, they provide a perfect contrast of appellations and styles.