2015 Gamble Ranch Chardonnay
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In 1976, when Ed was still at
Beringer, he began working with the Gamble Family and sourcing Chardonnay fruit
from their ranch. This is a huge property, about 600 acres, in the heart of
Napa Valley – spanning the Yountville and Oakville Crossroads. It is 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 that
was planted in 1973. It was the fruit from this ranch that won Ed Wine
Spectator Wine of the Year in 1996 and was number 15 on the same list in 2007
under the Sbragia label.
The Gamble Ranch Chardonnay is
a big and rich style of Chardonnay in every vintage. It sees 100% new French oak barrels that are
medium toasted from two cooperages.
After 100% malolactic fermentation the wine remains in barrel sur lies
and is stirred (batonnage) once a week while it is in barrel. This aids in the development of the Gamble’s
signature rich mouthfeel, crème brulee, and butterscotch qualities. Each vintage of the Gamble exhibits an orange
or orange peel quality that balance out the wine in its flavor profile. The
finish might be another hallmark of this wine.
It tends to linger on the palate.
The Gamble Ranch Chardonnay tends to pair with
foods that can match or balance off its size and richness. Creamier based soups, butter rich dishes,
thicker heavier fish, lobster, crab cakes, heavier chicken dishes, and even
some brighter vegetables that work well with butter--like corn--are all great
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Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
AVA: Napa Valley
Cooperage: 100% new French oak for 18 months