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 - Stags Leap Winery

April 1 - 28, 2015

When one thinks of Napa Valley wineries, bootleggers, gangsters, ghosts and gypsies are not the primary images that come to mind. Welcome to Stags Leap Winery (not to be confused with its neighbor, Stags Leap Wine Cellars, a stag of a different vine), once a fashionable country resort in the early twentieth century. Built in 1892, the stone manor was popular with Hollywood celebrities due to its historic gardens, elegant dining and amenities that included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, golf, music, a library, and of course, Napa Valley wines (prior to and after Prohibition) - Ghosts continue to enjoy it for its solitude and spirited atmosphere. Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. It is now one of the most iconic wineries in the Valley, a marriage of great wine making skills and an absolutely riveting historical back drop. Enjoy!

Petite Sirah

Reg $36.99 Special $31.99

The Petite Sirah is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months which imparts powerful aromatics. Intensity, complexity, structure, and elegance are the signature descriptors of this classic wine. Vivid notes of pepper and raspberry and a floral note segues to a palate of blackberry and earth notes with a black fruit finish. Firm, chewy tannins indicate the massive power and aging potential of this wine with juiciness that makes it an excellent match to rich foods.

Chardonnay

Reg $27.99 Special $23.99

The fruit is hand picked and whole cluster pressed. The minerality, fresh acidity and clean fruit characteristics are preserved by the absence of malolactic fermentation. A portion of the wine has been fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit while adding layers of taste and complexity. The wine was aged on the lees in French oak for six months, and stirred weekly during maturation. Aromas of honeysuckle following through to flavors of green apple and orange peel on the palate. The mid-palate is round with a creamy mouth feel from aging on the lees and the finish has length that is complex yet crisp and balanced.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Reg $49.99 Special $43.99

The fruit was hand-picked in small bins and each block was fermented separately in closed fermenters during 3 to 4 weeks to maximize extraction, concentration and complexity in the finished wine. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (50% new) for 19 months, and the final blend was assembled one year into the aging process to give the wine a chance to marry before bottling. Vibrant aromas of freshly picked strawberries is followed by hints of ripe blackberries and blueberries. Well-integrated aromatic notes of shortbread, vanilla, clove, white pepper and fresh herbs, particularly anise, provide layers of complexity and intrigue. Supple and silky tannins lead to a lingering juicy berry finish.

Merlot

Reg $29.99 Special $24.99

Merlot vines grow exceptionally in the Bale Loams of Stags' Leap: alluvial soils with volcanic ash minerality. Underneath the top layer exists a deeper layer of sandy loam laced with gravel and cobbles, allowing the kind of quick and thorough drainage that leaves the vines a little thirsty, concentrating their flavors. This Merlot underwent a 15-day maceration period designed to pull flavor, color and tannin from the skins. With freshness and acidity underscoring its cool climate origins, the wine combines delicious black cherry, cassis and licorice flavors with subtle notes of leather, pepper and cinnamon. A must with lamb based dishes, roasts and of course, grilled burgers and hot dogs for you barbeque connoisseurs out there.

Viognier

Reg $26.99 Special $22.99

Viognier was always used as part of the final Petite Sirah blend, but it wasn't until 1998 that the wine found its own voice, and bottling. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every two weeks for eight months. This wine is completely dry, and does not go through malolactic fermentation to preserve the delicate floral aromas and fruit characteristics. An elegant wine featuring aromas of orange blossom and peach with refreshing flavors of grapefruit, fresh apricot and white peach and a hint of flint. Accentuated by a juicy fruit core and a lengthy finish, the wine is highlighted by a bright acidity.