Wine of the Month




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

Ferrari Carano - July Winery of the Month

July 2 - 29, 2014

In 1979, Don and Rhonda Carano purchased a single 60 acre parcel of land in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. The parcel included a restored 1904 farmhouse, a barn and 30 acres of grapes. So began a twenty-five year mission to acquire premium vineyard properties throughout the county, thus insuring the best way to procure the highest quality grapes needed to supply their growing winery in Dry Creek Valley and their mountain winery in Alexander Valley. Each vineyard is a microclimate unto itself, contributing its own unique diversity of grape flavors, textures and structures derived from the perfectly balanced combination of climate, soil and plant material. The winemakers have long practiced sustainable farming techniques, such as recycling organic matter for use as mulch in the vineyards, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion and to add desirable nutrients back to the soil as well as attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling. This balance of nature with minimal intervention has created a unique, dynamic line up of wines that will please all.

Fume Blanc

Reg $15.99 Special $11.99

This blend of vineyard lots from various appellations of Sonoma County offers up zesty flavors and aromas of tropical fruit such as kiwi, gooseberry, pineapples and mangos with a hint of grassiness. Aging partially in stainless steel and older French oak gives this wine a crisp freshness and a subtle oak character that adds great complexity and depth. It pairs well with simple seafood and poultry dishes, and also holds up nicely with white meats such as veal and pork. The wine has lively flavors that go well with spicy and ethnic cuisines such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and Southwestern dishes.

Chardonnay

Reg $28.99 Special $22.99

A delicious wine with floral and fruit aromas of pear, Fuji apple, citrus and honey graham cracker with a hint of rich caramel and toasted coconut marshmallow. Generous on the palate, creamy vanilla undertones balance layers of toast and spice on the finish, while the tropical flavors linger to the end. This versatile, full-bodied Chardonnay pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry, white meats and dishes with cream sauces. Try preparations that include citrus, butter, cream, cheese, bacon, nutmeg, thyme, basil or toasted nuts.

Pinot Noir

Reg $39.99 Special $32.99

This Pinot comes from three ranches in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. The wine has rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, plum, pomegranate, cinnamon, spice, earth and toasty oak notes. A velvety texture and bright acidity create a naturally-balanced wine with a lingering finish. This is an aromatic wine that pairs well with salmon, fowl and meat entrees such as beef bourguignon or rack of lamb.

Merlot

Reg $26.99 Special $21.99

Select lots of grapes were chosen from vineyards in Sonoma County to create this beautifully balanced and full-bodied Merlot. A velvety wine with a dark ruby color and complex nose of ripe cherry, blackberry jam, cinnamon and caramel, and accented by flavors of wild berries and chocolate-covered strawberries with mocha lingering on the silky finish. The fruit forward, easy drinking qualities makes it the perfect wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entrees, and roasted or grilled fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.

Siena

Reg $24.99 Special $21.99

Ferrari-Carano's Italian heritage is reflected in this Sangiovese-based blend, whereby grapes were chosen from vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys to create a beautifully balanced and medium-bodied wine. Supple and ripe with heady fruit aromas of fresh picked red and black berries complemented by cinnamon and mocha - juicy cherry and raspberry jam flavors are followed by a round, viscous finish of milk chocolate and butterscotch. Excellent red fruit vitality is met by good acidity, round, gentle tannins and a lingering finish. It will match perfectly with savory Italian food, pasta with flavorful tomato sauces or pizza. Or off the beaten track, it will pair deliciously with dishes such as Chicken Cacciatore, a duck salad with fruit, like raspberries and oranges, or simply prosciutto on crostini bread.

Ferrari Carano Tresor 2010

Reg $49.99 Special $29.99

93+ points Parker's Wine Advocate. A blend of their finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot, this beauty offers pure blackberry and black currant fruit intermixed with vanillin and spice notes. Full-bodied, rich and impressively endowed, it is a brilliant example of just how well Bordeaux varietals can do in selected Sonoma micro-climates. The fruit is so sweet that it can be appreciated now for its youth and exuberance. It should easily last for two decades. It pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal, as well as strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp Cheddar.