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

Chateau Ste. Michelle ~ September Winery of the Month

September 3 - 30, 2014

Washington State's oldest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, was built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson. The winery's roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. In 1967, American Wine Growers began a new line of premium wines called "Ste. Michelle Vintners" under the direction of legendary California winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is, arguably, best known for its award-winning Bordeaux varietals. Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and one solely to reds. And we have included three new stars in this promotion - a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that hail from the renowned Indian Wells vineyard, and a Sauvignon Blanc that was sired from the Horse Heaven vineyard. Our own Napa and Sonoma Valleys may get the lion's share of publicity, but Washington state offers the same level of quality at affordable prices.

Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard

Reg $18.99 Special $15.99

This Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, racy style with citrus characteristics. Partial stainless steel fermentation preserves its pure, fresh, vibrant character while the remainder is barrel fermented for slight spice and texture. It is sur lie aged for four months for enhanced complexity and structure. Match this beauty with mussels, halibut, chicken and goat cheese.

Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Reg $10.99 Special $8.99

This is a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character, subtle spice and oak nuances. Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington's Columbia Valley are blended to make this a complex, interesting wine and the sur lie aging gives it added softness. Aged for more than seven months in a mix of French and American oak barrels with regular stirring to soften the wine and integrate the fruit and oak flavors.

Chardonnay Indian Wells Vineyard

Reg $19.99 Special $15.99

This single vineyard Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit flavors and a rich, creamy texture. The region's warm days cause the grapes to assert sweet citrus and tropical characteristics, while the cool nights promote good structure, balance and flavor intensity. 100% sur lie aged for six months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors provides a rich mouth feel. Try it with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces.

Merlot Indian Wells Vineyard

Reg $18.99 Special $15.99

Grapes are sourced from a collection of warm-climate vineyards that range from the Wahluke Slope to Cold Creek Vineyard, and include the namesake Indian Wells Vineyard. Dense and deeply layered, it's loaded with mixed blue and black fruits, fresh herb and toast. The use of oak is restrained, balancing out this round, full-bodied merlot with ripe tannins. A small addition of Syrah enhances the mouth feel and rich fruit character. Aged in American and French oak for 16 months. Frequent racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouth feel.

Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Reg $14.99 Special $11.99

The delicious everyday Cab is sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including the Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge and Indian Wells vineyards. Gentle pump overs during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. Aged 14 months in American and French oak, 32% of which were new. Reveals an attractive bouquet of cedar, tobacco, spice, black currant and blackberry flavors. This leads to a medium-bodied Cabernet with ample ripe black fruit flavors, depth, and moderate length.

Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells Vineyard

Reg $19.99 Special $15.99

The Indian Wells Cabernet is typical of a warm climate vineyard with its ripe, dark fruit aromas and jammy flavors. As with the Merlot, a dollop of Syrah is added to enhance the richness and concentration of the wine. Fruit from Ste Michelle's estate vineyards also contributed to the final blend, including the Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Vineyards. Aged for 16 months in 51% new American and French oak barrels.