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

May Winery of the Month -
Tolosa Edna Valley Estate Winery

May 4 - 31, 2016

A match made in Heaven is when you can combine excellent wine with a respectful nod towards Mother Nature and the environment. Tolosa practices scientifically based sustainability practices in their vineyard and winery. In August 2009 Tolosa converted to solar electrical generation, which will provide the winery's electrical energy for the next 25 years. All of Tolosa's Vineyards are SIP Certified. All winery waste, including grape seeds and skins, is recycled, composted, or otherwise recovered. They use tools designed to do multiple tasks at the same time, minimizing the number of tractors traveling through the vineyard and significantly reducing fuel, soil compaction and erosion. Cover crops are utilized to reduce erosion, build soil fertility, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. But in the end it all comes down to the most important judge, your palate. From a dry, refreshing Rose, to a scintillating Sauvignon Blanc and a Burgundian style Chardonnay, It all adds up to Tolosa offering a balance of excellent flavors, affordability and keeping Mother Nature happy.

Tolosa Chardonnay Edna Ranc
92 Points Wine Enthusiast 2013h

Reg $23.99 Special $18.99

This Chardonnay underwent classic Burgundian methods which involve barrel fermentation and ageing followed by further aging in tank to harmonize oak flavors. The fruit aromas are of lemon and apple with added spice aromatics that lean toward cinnamon and cedar. There's a bit of honeycomb and a smoked almond note, as well. Enticing minerality is present on the finish, which brings a delicious harmony to this beauty.

Tolosa Pinot Noir Edna Ranch
90 points Josh Raynolds, Vinous 2013

Reg $26.99 Special $21.99

The famed Dijon 667 clone was used to produce this excellent Pinot - generous and balanced tannins leads to aromas of candied cherry and cranberry, with an under note of smoke, earth and leather. There are hints of violet and cola as well. Initially the palate gives an impression of ripe fruit and exceptionally well integrated tannins, yet it still retains its youthful vigor on the finish.

Tolosa Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2012

Reg $21.99 Special $16.99

The addition of Petit Verdot and Merlot raises the bar of quality of this Cabernet. The grapes are grown on steep slopes, and have the sandy loam soils that are typical of the area. One mature vineyard has both Cabernet and Merlot planted on it and represent some of the older field selected clones. The other younger vineyard has Cabernet and Petite Verdot and is planted to more modern clones. The initial aromatic facets are spicy and woody with cedar, cinnamon and vanilla in play. The fruit aromas are most like cranberry. While the aromas are fine and appropriate for type, it is the textures and flavors in the mouth that make this wine shine. The tannins are both gripping and velvety, while the discernable acidity makes this wine a friendly companion to your favorite cuts of grilled meat, veggies and other savory dishes.

Tolosa Chardonnay Central Coast No Oak

Reg $17.99 Special $14.99

Tolosa uses a wide range of yeasts and tank sizes to create complexity. The wine is aged on its yeast lees until mid-summer to enrich the mouth feel, allowing this Chardonnay to show a plush and silky texture. A few swirls in the glass exudes the aromas of honey, lemon, apple and peach, with an underlying minerality. The mouth is fresh with floral aspects evident in the mid-palate through to the finish.

Tolosa Sauvignon Blanc

Reg $19.99 Special $15.99

The grapes for this Sauvignon blanc (the Musque clone of Sauvignon blanc) were hand-picked in the early morning hours before dawn and delivered straight to the winery where they were pressed cold directly to a stainless steel tank and chilled. To capture the natural aromas of the grapes, this wine was fermented at very low temperatures and underwent no malolactic conversion. This wine was aged on the lees to accentuate the richness and natural acidity of the wine. Aromas of Bartlett pear, pineapple, honeysuckle and kiwi fruit segue to citrusy tropical flavors with hints of orange marmalade and pineapple. Crisp acidity and a round finish complete the palate. Serve lightly chilled to allow the flavors and aromas to exhibit their vibrancy.

Tolosa Rose of Pinot Noir

Reg $16.99 Special $14.99

The Rose of Pinot Noir reflects the minimal influence by winemaking to capitalize on the maximum expression of the fruit. The juice for this wine was separated from the skins just following destemming, was fermented at very low temperatures to retain the aromas generated during fermentation and underwent no malolactic conversion. This wine was aged on the lees to accentuate the richness in the mid palate which achieves a balance with the natural acidity of the wine. Enticing aromas of strawberry and red cherries marry with the exceptional melange of flavors of rhubarb, pomegranate and cherries. Framed by refreshingly crisp acidity and a rich mid palate with notes of red raspberry that linger on the finish, this Rose is the quintessential warm-summer-months wine that offers a versatile profile to drink by itself or pair with a light summer fare.