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

A Tale of Two Wineries -
Melville and Foley Estates

April 29 - June 2, 2015

Ron Melville, the founder of Melville Vineyards and Winery, grew up with a love of gardening. While he pursued a successful career in finance as a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange, he knew his love of gardening and wine would fuel his desire to develop his own vineyard and winery. This he has accomplished with great success and personal satisfaction. Melville's Winemaker, Greg Brewer, is a modern day renaissance man - he also masquerades as a French teacher, consultant and musician. Greg's passion for Burgundian wines has fueled his enological skills at Melville. When not winemaking or hosting occasional winemaker dinners, Greg shares his passion with others by presenting lectures on viticulture and oenology.

The Foley property was founded by Bill Foley in the late 1990's. Bill received his B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, served in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. As he continues to acquire other vineyard properties, Bill keeps a solid hand on his name sake winery, guaranteeing the best possible fruit for his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir bottlings. Foley's viticulture and winemaking teams have developed a unique micro-farming program, while mapping the soils and topography down to the smallest increment using soil pits and aerial photography. A total of 500 acres are presently under vine at Foley Estates.

As for the region and appellation itself, the Santa Rita Hills AVA, established in 2001, is a unique, ultra-cool climate growing area located in the westernmost section of the Santa Ynez Valley. Situated at the foot of Point Conception with the Purisima Mountains to the north and the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, the mountains form the most significant western running corridor into the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Chile. The AVA benefits from brisk daily ocean breezes and early forming, late dissipating maritime fog which blankets the vineyards and makes the Santa Rita Hills one of the coolest growing regions in the world. This provides that mouthwatering acidity and balanced fruit components that makes the Santa Rita Hills so inviting.

Foley Estates Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

Reg $26.99 Special $23.99

The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, transferred to tank, and racked to 40% new French and American oak barrels. It then underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. Complex aromas of lemon curd with floral notes and pine nuts are showcased on the nose. These are followed by mixed citrus notes of lime, lemon and kiwi that finishes with a toasty creme brulee on the palate. Pair this crisp wine with seared Ahi and sauteed squash or buttermilk fried chicken with roasted greens and rosemary potatoes.

Foley Estates Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Reg $36.99 Special $31.99

The fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard in the cool morning hours to preserve the aromatics. The clusters were then gently de-stemmed with no crushing. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, the free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. This dark beauty is rich with fresh boysenberry and raspberry jam on the nose. The palate features tart red plum with hints of black peppercorn, hibiscus tea and candied raspberries. The perfect wine for pairing with pepper rubbed leg of lamb and a fresh beet salad with goat cheese.

Melville Estate Chardonnay Verna's Vineyard

Reg $21.99 Special $18.99

Aromatics of Marcona almonds, lemon curd, and orange blossom honey spring from the glass. Secondary notes of baked filo dough, green papaya, and toasted macadamias also drift in the background. A streak of vibrant acidity maintains the wine's focus and drive. Fruit was harvested by hand, whole cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral (5 to 20 year old) French oak barrels. Serve with seafood, shellfish and poultry dishes.

Melville Estate Syrah Verna's Vineyard

Reg $27.99 Special $23.99

This Estate red is one of the best Syrah's on the market and is named in honor of Ron Melville's mother, Verna. Composed of seven different clones, 30% of the grapes were fermented as whole-cluster. As with their Pinot Noir, total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days. In the background, dense and dark fruit notes of blackberry preserves and plum intermingle with flavors of dark red cherry, plum, smoke, earth and leather. The mouth feel is creamy and polished with fine tannins that coat the mouth through the wines' plush and lengthy finish. A great match with grilled meats, sausage.

Melville Estate Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Reg $34.99 Special $29.99

This Pinot Noir is a collection of 16 different clones. Fermented as whole-clusters, gently de-stemmed in small open-top fermenters, the skin and stem contact averages 30 days (cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral French oak barrels, where it remains sur lie, then gently racked and prepared for bottling. Fresh fruit aromatics of black raspberry and plum spring from the glass. Smoke and spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with a floral quality. Dense and chewy in texture, showing lush red and dark berry flavors and notes of bitter chocolate and tea. Silky tannins give gentle grip to the long, sweet, expansive finish. 94 points Vinous/Antonio Galloni 2012