Sbragia Family Vineyard

2013 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay

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Release Date: August 15th, 2015
 
Gamble Ranch produces grapes that can stand up to the style of Chardonnay we
love: big, bold and gutsy, but never out of balance.  We give the juice a gradual month-long fermentation in barrel, and then allow the wine to go through 100% malolactic fermentation.  During aging, we stir lees weekly to integrate the oak and give the wine extra creamy richness.
$48.00 Quantity:

Accolades

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

James Laube, WINE SPECTATOR
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.

Vineyard

Making Chardonnay from Gamble Ranch feels like revisiting an old friend every year, and it only seems to get better and better. Gamble is a big property in the heart of Napa Valley – it spans the Yountville and Oakville Crossroads – and it’s divided into dozens of small blocks according to soil type, aspect, etc. Our fruit comes from a few small blocks planted with a mix of rootstocks and clones – very specific sites I’ve identified over the years as producing particularly rich, flavorful and complex Chardonnay. This harvest marks the 11th vintage of this wine for Sbragia Family Vineyards.

Winemaking

Gamble Ranch produces grapes that can stand up to the style of Chardonnay I love: big, bold and gutsy, but never out of balance. Adam and I give the juice a gradual month-long fermentation in barrel, then allow the wine to go through 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine spends a full 18 months in 100% new French Burgundian barrels, with weekly lees stirring to integrate the oak and give the wine extra creamy richness.

Technical Information

Harvest
September 18, 2013
Blend
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol
14.8%
TA
5.3gm/L
pH
3.68
Produced
1,138

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2013 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay