All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability
Wines for the Holidays!
December 4 - January 7, 2014
Santa, along with some help from his trusty Elves, have concocted a stocking stuffer "wish list" for those who have a passion for wine, but are not sure of what to buy. Or for those who want to offer that unique gift to their favorite boss, spouse or wine aficionado, but are afraid to ask. The selection below will suffice all options. Happy Holidays!
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Alturas Vineyard
Reg $44.99 Special $39.99
Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine. And there in lies its secret - All flavors and characteristics are kept in perfect balance. On the nose, aromas of raspberry, wild blackberry and a slight earthiness abound. Dense, concentrated dark berry fruits and rich, textural components in this wine coat your palate with exotic spices, ripe plum, currant and black cherry flavors. The ripe tannins are nicely balanced with acidity, and the finish is long and fulfilling. This wine can be paired with all poultry dishes, salmon, ahi and of course, Boeuf Bourguignon, which uses red Burgundy (pinot noir) as its liquid base. This gem will also make a great stocking stuffer to the wine lover who has everything. 91 points Wine Spectator 2011
Reg $54.99 Special $44.99
Much like Cabernet here, Barolo is arguably considered king of the red wines of northern Italy. Loads of ripe strawberry aromas, with plum undertones and hints of wood segue to a full-bodied red with silky, chewy tannins. Tons of fruit coated backbone here. Smooth and rich, featuring cherry, raspberry, licorice and tobacco notes. Offers a dense tapestry of fruit and spice, balanced with a solid structure. The finish rings long and spicy, with a lingering freshness. This is a superb gift offering for the true wine aficionado and is a great match for holiday feasts where hearty platters of duck, turkey (dark meat), crown roast and steaks are offered. 92 points Wine Spectator 2007
Switchback Ridge Napa Valley Merlot Peterson Family Vyd
Reg $59.99 Special $54.99
Estate grown on the Peterson Family property located above the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The gently sloping and winding vineyards overlook the valley floor and are in fine company sitting among other extremely noteworthy such as Three Palms and Hourglass Blueline among others. The Dutch Henry Canyon funnels downward from the Vaca range into this area providing its unique and noteworthy soils of gravel, loam and clay. The wines speak for themselves, with densely packed mixed black and sour cherry, currants, vanilla, licorice, crushed rock and a fleeting element of toast. This is a Cabernet lovers' Merlot, it has all the muscle of a Napa Cab, but a higher toned brighter fruit. Winemaker Robert Foley, known for his work at Pride Mountain, Hourglass and of course Robert Foley Winery is the sculptor of this delectable red. The 2010 has not been scored yet, but it is certain to rate mid 90's once the press gets hold of it. 2009 rated 94 and ranked #29 in Wine Spectator top 100.
Domaine du Bouchot Pouilly Fume Kerbiquet
Reg $25.99 Special $18.99
The wines of Pouilly-Fume deliver some of the most intense, crisp, tangy and tantalizing Sauvignon Blanc characteristics around. Wine has had carved its place in history here, with records dating back to the Gallo-Roman era. The soils are heavily mineral laden with limestone, clay and significant deposits of oyster shell and flint, and are certified organic by the EU governing body. The saline, mineral and smoky components translate into a zesty, vibrant and exhilarating white wine unique to this region. Aside from the tell-tale smokiness, it offers racy grapefruit, gooseberry, white current and acacia flowers in the lingering, layered finish. Ideal with many holiday fare, as well as fin-fish, shellfish, marinated poultry and its perfect counterpart, goat cheese.
Hilliard Bruce Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
Reg $45.99 Special $39.99
When Chardonnay is on, it's on. And Hilliard Bruce, well, this made the cut with flying colors. I don't usually get overly excited about California Chardonnay due to our warmer weather, translating to bigger, riper, fatter and clumsy wine, but when you find a nice parcel that is sheltered from too much sun, keeps cool all day and benefits from cool acid building evenings, that is a formula for success. Nestled among some well to do neighbors such as Clos Pepe, Dos Hermanas, Kessler and Melville, the cool coastal influence provides the framework to support the rich fruit that develops slowly and evenly over the extended maturation period. No shortcuts here! The finished product, which is quite impressive, is graced with brilliant white peach, citrus blossom, hazelnuts, truly cleansing acidity, but carries enough weight to balance out the brisk acidity. Definitely worth seeking out, pair with white fleshed fish, glazed poultry and mild soft rind cheeses.
Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reg $56.99 Special $49.99
Made from the traditional Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this bold red offers up aromas of black cherry, licorice and tobacco. The palate shows a restrained sweetness to the flavors of black cherry, plum, currant and spices that give off a note of "Rutherford dust". Broad and fairly full, finishing with ripe palate-dusting tannins and a lengthy finish. Makes a great gift for Cab lovers.