Winery of the Month
June Wineries of the Month ~ Matthew Fritz & Bon Anno Vintners
June 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Matt Bonanno and Fritz Stuhlmuller (ergo the name) joined forces to found Matthew Fritz, aka MF, with the mission of consistently delivering premium wines from top-notch appellations at outstanding prices. Matt and Fritz leverage their access to insider offerings, decades of combined wine expertise, and their extensive production capabilities to make exceptional wines that are priced to create enticing market opportunities. Matt Bonanno, after graduating from Ohio State, spent his early years working in his family’s Ohio wholesale and importing business, then went on to work for Clos Du Val winery in the Napa Valley. After years studying and working in the wine industry, Matt realized his dream to produce Napa Valley wine. As for Fritz, he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1994 (an Ohio State grad working with a USC alumni – who would have thought!) and returned to the San Francisco Bay Area with a degree in business administration. Fritz eventually found his love of fine wine growing, inspired by his early experience working in the family’s “Stuhlmuller” vineyard property. This passion coaxed him into exploring California’s great wines with an eye towards the unique character imparted by varying appellations. Thus was born MF.
Bon Anno, which means “good year” in Italian, encompasses over three generations in the wine business. Matt created Bon Anno in 2004 with the vision of creating a top quality Napa Cab for today’s wine enthusiasts. They source grapes and wine from artisan growers to get the highest quality at the best price, then carefully handcraft each bottle at one of Napa’s top Cab houses to create the unique “house” style that is consistently fruit driven, juicy and well structured. Goditi il vino!
Matthew Fritz North Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Regular $14.99 WOTM $10.99
This 100% Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from the Feliz Ranch in Hopland California, located 30 miles North of Healdsburg in Mendocino County. This vibrant, juicy beauty offers up aromas accented by lemon zest and pink grapefruit, with a touch of spice and floral notes. This lively wine is fresh and clean with crisp acidity. Pair with pan seared tilapia, shellfish and where ever goat cheese is used.
Matthew Fritz North Coast Chardonnay
Reg $14.99 WOTM Special $10.99
This Chardonnay, sourced from 75% Hopland and 25% Alexander Valley fruit, is bright and fresh with a medium gold color. It’s dominated by tropical fruits, honey dew, melon, sweet white corn and hard lemon candy. The palate is creamy, nicely textured with more tropical notes, hints of hazelnut and ripe citrus with a fresh and lively finish. Dynamite with seafood, shellfish, chicken and pork dishes, especially our handmade sausage.
Bon Anno Carneros/Napa Valley Chardonnay
Reg $19.99 WOTM Special $16.99
Sourced from the rolling hills in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, the vineyard sites are planted with Dijon clones and vines 15+ years old. This fruit driven Chardonnay bursts with ripe green apple, pear and stone fruit. Excellent texture and clean rich flavors are balanced with bright acidity, minerality and light oak. Find a good swordfish steak or halibut filet from our seafood department, smother it with garlic butter and herbs and you’ve got a round trip ticket to heaven.
Matthew Fritz Carneros/Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Reg $16.99 WOTM Special $12.99
The Fritz Pinot Noir hails from three different lots of Pinot Noir comprised from northern Ukiah, Redwood valley and the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Matt Bonanno and Fritz Stuhlmuller make the blends at Stuhlmuller Vineyards in Healdsburg and bottle Matthew Fritz in Geyserville, Sonoma County. The wine has intense aromas of red cherries rhubarb and violet. The palate is framed by firm acidity and loaded with wild berries, allspice, forest floor and hints of crushed tea leaf. This wine is an elegant expression of the grape and will match deliciously with salmon, steelhead trout, ahi and ono filets on the grill.
Bon Anno Carneros/Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Reg $21.99 WOTM Special $17.99
This Burgundian-style gem shares the same pedigree as its sibling, Chardonnay. Deep ruby in color, it opens with a vibrant blend of mixed red fruits while the smooth and round mid-palate is anchored in vanillin and a light toastiness. The finish lingers on and is filled with fresh red fruits and hints of white pepper. Grilled pork chops, handmade poultry sausage and Asian inspired dishes will be divine.
Bon Anno Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg $25.99 WOTM Special $21.99
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from several prime valley floor vineyards from within the St. Helena, Rutherford and Oak Knoll districts. A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. This one cries out for grilled steak, burgers smothered in blue cheese crumbles or as an end-of-day quaffer where some much needed tannin grip is desired!