Wine of the Month

WINEry OF THE MONTH – The Banshee wine company

October 1, 1017- October 31, 2017

The Banshee Wine Company – gotta love the name for this time of year – was created in 2009 at a bar in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. With money borrowed from friends and family, Banshee Wines was launched with eight barrels of coveted Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Their initial intent was to make wines that tasted like the best California had to offer, but were priced so that everyone could enjoy them. The owners/winemakers cull grapes from some of the best vineyards in the Sonoma Coast including Tina-Marie and Alegria in Russian River and Sullivan on Sonoma Mountain. Outside of Sonoma County, specifically in the Anderson Valley appellation, they work with vineyards such as Blakeman and Broken Leg. Each vineyard possesses a uniqueness and offers grapes of superb quality that fall in line with their mission and for you to enjoy. These are frighteningly great wines!

Banshee Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc  
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $16.99

This mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc comes from a combination of vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys. These areas are perfect for the style of Sauvignon Blanc – a combination of sufficient daytime warmth to develop exuberant fruit flavors and plenty of morning/evening coolness to preserve lip smacking structure and vital tart and green-tinged flavors. The wine is immediately charming for its floral bouquet of lilacs and daisies. This leads into a medium weight blend of honeydew, lime, pear, and sea salt flavors. These flavors linger on the fresh, well-integrated citrus line that runs through the long, tangy finish.

Banshee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $16.99

Sourced from a variety of vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, including Heintz and Bohemian, these sites tend to deliver fully developed flavors at relatively high natural acidities, giving remarkable length and verve. The nose of this wine leans towards orchard fruit showing both apple and pear but also hints of tropical fruits and vanilla bean. In the mouth the wine is moderate weight but packs extraordinary depth of flavor, echoing the aroma with Fuji apple, Meyer lemon, sage and vanilla. The finish is all energy with mouthwatering citrus notes.

Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir  
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

The fruit for this Sonoma County Pinot Noir includes fruit from 17 different vineyard sites, including many single vineyards, with more than 10 clones in the final blend. This wine leads with a bouquet of red fruits and cherry blossom aromas. The silky palate is layered with notes of cherry, hibiscus, mandarin peel and a hint of dark plum. The finish is lush and harmonious.

Banshee Sonoma County Mordecai Proprietary Red Blend
Reg $24.99 WROM Special $19.99

The very rough and unscientific formula is this: about a third Bordeaux varieties, about a third Rhone varieties, and about a third other varieties dominated by Zinfandel with a bit of this or that peppered in to add interesting accent notes. Carignan sourced from a 45-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Redwood Valley continues to expand its influence in Mordecai, acting as a bridge between the Rhone and Bordeaux lots.
The Mordecai has an enticing nose of pepper, violets, cigar and cassis. On the palate it is a mouthwatering mélange of red berry and plum flavors backed by earthy tones of herbs and fresh black trumpet mushroom giving way to a spice-laden finish.

Rickshaw California Cabernet Sauvignon 
Reg $15.99 WROM Special $13.99

Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon – the blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc from vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Paso Robles – pulls in some stellar grapes that provide ballast and a sense of class to the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a beefier texture with plush weight and full throttle flavors. The Merlot really stands apart and provides a soft, velvety companion to the more structured Cabernet components. Even though a small portion of the blend the Cabernet Franc flashes the nose noticeably. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and barrel aged in neutral (70%) and new (30%) French oak.

Valravn Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99

Valravn is born from bush-pruned vines located in Dry Creek and Russian River Valley ranging in age from 50 to 105-years-old. Hand harvesting each vineyard parcel allowed for selection of only the most pristine bunches which averaged 26 brix at harvest. Layers of richness and complexity wrap around a core of wild strawberry and raspberry. Intoxicatingly aromatic with scents of mocha, espresso roast, violets and ripe red berries. Rich on the palate with flavors of raspberry, blackberry compote, and hints of licorice-laced black pepper. Valravn shows the weight of top quality dry-farmed Zinfandel, balanced by a the freshness that is the hallmark of these ancient vines.

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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