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

Zaca Mesa -
July Winery of the Month

July 1 - August 4, 2015

What better winery to choose for the month of July than Zaca Mesa. It's about as All American as it can get and when you add a dash of Santa Ynez cowboy charm, you have all the makings of a great event. Truth be known, Zaca Mesa was one of the first active wineries in Santa Barbara County since Prohibition that cultivated Rhone varietals and they still maintain the oldest Syrah vineyard in the Central Coast of California. Zaca Mesa estate, located in the northern most portion of Santa Ynez Valley AVA, has just over 190 acres of grapes cultivating in the warm central coast sun. And instead of growing the usual culprits, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, the indigenous grape varieties of the Rhone valley of France, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Viognier were planted and prospered in their vineyards. Wine maker, Eric Mohseni, continues to man the helm and nurture Zaca Mesa's top notch vineyards. Giddy up, cowboy!

Syrah

Reg $24.99 Special $18.99

The Syrah grapes were hand harvested, then gently de-stemmed and placed into open-top fermenters. During fermentation, the rising grape skins were punched down three times a day resulting in wine of intense color, rich flavors and fine tannins. This wine was aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels and displays rich blackberry, cassis and sage spice aromas and flavors. The finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. Pair this beauty with all your favorite grilled meats and veggies.

Z Cuvee

Reg $19.99 Special $15.99

A unique blend to us Yanks, but quite common for a Cotes du Rhone of France, this melange captures the individual characteristic of each grape - Grenache adds rich raspberry flavors; Mourvèdre brings notes of blueberry; Syrah, flavors of blackberry and ripe tannins; and Cinsault offers a slight earthy/dusty note. The grapes were fermented and a barrel aged separately for seven months, then combined and aged for an additional six months in French oak barrels. These layers of flavor enable this wine to pair with a wide variety of foods from mushroom pizza to rosemary crusted leg of lamb.

Z Gris Rose

Reg $17.99 Special $14.99

Normally exclusive to Zaca Mesa winery, they have generously offered us their estate Rose for your imbibing enjoyment. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre, this lively, refreshing rose bursts with aromas and flavors of strawberry, tangerine and guava. A nice hint of minerality on the finish wraps together this inviting wine quite nicely. Terrific on a hot summer day or match with roasted chicken, grilled seafood and/or olive tapenade.

Viognier

Reg $18.99 Special $14.99

Made from La Jota and Tablas clones, this Viognier was fermented in stainless steel tanks, transferred to neutral French oak barrels, and aged "sur lie". On the nose, aromas of honeysuckle and Mandarin orange hint at sweetness, yet this wine is dry on the palate with notes of ripe peach, melon and a lingering finish of minerality. A natural match with grilled chicken, fettuccine Alfredo, or prawns drizzled with butter.

Chardonnay

Reg $18.99 Special $14.99

Okay, so this is not your typical Rhone varietal, but read on. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, then barrel fermented and sur lie aged for ten months in French oak barrels for complexity and layers of richness. As an added touch, it was given a "Rhone twist" by blending in small amounts of Viognier and Roussanne. Beautiful nuances of mango, papaya and tangerine combine with subtle hints of toasty oak and yeast. Pair this wine with shellfish or pasta dishes with light sauces.