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Wine of the Month

WINE REgion OF THE MONTH – Sonoma

August 2 – August 29, 2017

Many appellations across California tend to be known for one or two varietals that thrive in their climate and soil conditions – Then there are these two famous Sonoma sub appellations (if you want to sound French, its pronounced “apple-ah-say-o”), the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys. The predominant source for the wines chosen this month hail from the Russian River – this famous appellation with its renowned growers and winemakers, not only produces world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but many other cool-climate-loving varietals that express themselves beautifully in this cool region. With over 15,000 acres planted to grapevines, the super stars Chardonnay and Pinot Noir may receive the lion’s share of the accolades, but as you will note in the copy below, the Russian River region enjoys many types of Mother Nature’s viniferous bounty. The wines offer unexpectedly bright and rich flavors while adhering to the true sense of “terroir”. As for our final presentation, the valley of Dry Creek is actually formed by a tributary of the Russian River and this particular Zinfandel has a “Heritage” all its own. Root cuttings from the Mazzoni Ranch, a pre-Prohibition vineyard near Geyserville, provided bud wood for grafting onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Rare indeed. So, sit back, relax and explore a few of the many wines of these famous Sonoma appellations.


Frei Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 
Reg $18.99 WROM Special $15.99

With its long, cool growing season, this Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc enjoys the best of both worlds. The cool climate, with its bright acidity, keeps the wine crisp and allows the natural character to come through. Aromas of lemongrass and gooseberry are joined by flavors of lemon, melon and freshly cut grass. Subtle hints of vanilla and cream from oak aging balance the crisp palate and a slight touch of tropical fruit overtones on the finish is the pièce de résistance.

MacMurray Chardonnay  
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99

As the “Queen of White Wines”, this wine is a rich expression of this celebrated appellation, offering elegant aromas of bright citrus, lemon meringue and peach underscored by hints of fresh apricot. On the palate, subtle notes of toasted vanilla and a hint of brown spice from oak aging are framed by a luxurious mouthfeel. Notes of macadamia, mineral and honey linger on a satisfying finish polished with lifted acidity.

Ron Rubin Pinot Noir 
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99

A difficult grape to grow, this native of the Burgundy region of France achieves greatness in only a handful of places worldwide, and the Russian River Valley is one of them. Bright nose of cherry and plum lead the way to hints of cocoa layered with spice aromas. The bouquet is rounded out with toasty vanilla oak and the berry flavors offer a balanced and elegant finish. This very approachable wine offers soft tannins, luscious fruit with a gentle oak mid-palate and earthy lingering finish.

Ron Rubin Cool Climate Syrah 
Reg $29.99 WROM Special $24.99

The climate in the Russian River Valley is similar to that of the northern Rhone Valley of France, Syrah’s ancestral home. A deep, rich ruby color is a hallmark of this delectable Syrah, and the aromas are of deep black fruit such as plums, black currants and wild berries with hints of leather, violets, licorice and black pepper. The flavors are rich, softly tannic, mouth filling and immensely satisfying and highlighted by bright acidity and silky tannins. This wine is enjoyable now but will age beautifully for five to eight years. Pairs beautifully with a slow roasted peppered pork tenderloin or a lamb ragout with olives and peppers.

Dry Creek Zinfandel Heritage Clone
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99

The Heritage Vines Zinfandel is delicious and beautifully balanced. This bold red presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cherry and a hint of toast and black pepper. On the palate, brambly flavors of ripe boysenberry and spicy dark chocolate come forward with bright acidity complimented by notes of berry syrup and mocha. From start to finish, the tannins are silky and smooth and are balanced by the refreshing acidity and excellent structure. Superb match with grilled fare such as our handmade sausages, meatloaf and dry aged beef.


All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability

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