Many of you may recall Ed Sbragia back when he was the Head Winemaker for Beringer Estates.  He turned out some amazing Reserve Cabernets and Chardonnays back in the mid-1990’s.  If memory serves, his 1994 Private Reserve Chardonnay was the Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year” upon it’s release.  After he left Beringer, he took his talents and founded his own family estate which now produces many different wines from various vineyards. 
Last night we tried the 2009 Sbragia Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – Gino’s Vineyard.  The wine displays a beautiful, bright, vibrant violet color.  In the glass, it is unmistakenly Zinfandel.  Perfumed aromas of briary berry fruit, slight eucalyptus, pepper and spice leap from the glass.  The flavors on the palate are full throttle and delicious.  Jammy blackberry and blueberry fruit are full bodied without being “candied”.  There is spicy pepper, some black licorice and lots of dusty, ripe Dry Creek tannins.  The acidity is just enough to keep things lively and all is in balance.  This Zinfandel is easily better than many I’ve reviewed lately that cost $20 or even $30 more per bottle.  Delicious with pork tenderloin with Zinfandel pan juices, broccoli with garlic and oil, and leftover Mac-N-Cheese!   92 points, just under $20.
2009 Sbragia Family Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel;  Gino’s Vineyard

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