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

Wine of the Month - Grgich Hills

February 4 - March 3, 2015

Presenting Grgich Hills Estate as our first winery of the month for 2015 is most appropriate. Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated "Paris Tasting" of 1976. In this now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges sampled an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked - they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. C'est pas possible! The results stunned the international wine establishment and solidified Mike's reputation as one of the best winemakers in the world. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, Grgich farms their five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, relying on wild yeast fermentation to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. In keeping with their goal of sustainability, the winery switched to solar power in 2006. As Mike often says, "From our vineyard to your glass, naturally!"

Fume Blanc

Reg $29.99 Special $24.99

Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, 80% of the grapes are fermented in 900-gallon French oak casks (called foudres), with the remainder in previously-used small French oak barrels. They then age the wine six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produces crisp flavors of Meyer lemon, white peach, and dried apricot with mineral notes that are perfect with a wide range of food, including grilled fish, goat cheese salad, and spicy Mexican or Asian cuisine.

Chardonnay

Reg $39.99 Special $34.99

From cool American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, this classically styled wine doesn’t undergo malolactic fermentation, thus preserving its natural acidity. Fermented and aged 10 months in French oak, the wine's fresh citrus and juicy peach are rounded out with rich, warm vanilla flavors and a touch of minerality. The perfect partner with fresh seafood, roasted chicken, grilled pork, and creamy cheeses.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg $59.99 Special $52.99

Grgich's Yountville Vineyard forms the heart of their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with the Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards rounding out the blend. To boost complexity, we rely on a traditional Bordeaux blend of predominately Cabernet, with a dash of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This Cab is rich with aromas of balsamic glazed figs, dried rose petals and a touch of green peppercorns. Smooth and rich on the palate with a persistent finish, this wine is the perfect partner with grilled steak, rack of lamb or roasted duck.

Zinfandel

Reg $34.99 Special $29.99

The 34-acre vineyard in Calistoga is the warmest of their five vineyards and the sole source for their Zinfandel. A touch of Petite Sirah is co-fermented to add complexity and structure, and then aged in large oak casks so the flavors are well integrated but not overwhelmed by oak. This food-friendly Zinfandel's pure flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and a hint of white pepper make it the perfect match for grilled meats, lasagna, pizza topped with tomato sauce and beef stews.