Winery of the Month


May 2, 2018 – May 30, 2018

Oregon has established May as the month to celebrate the great wines of their state. Not one to be left out of a harvest party, Bristol Farms has jumped on the grape wagon to present a cornucopia of wonderful Reds and Whites from this esteemed North West region. But first, a little history – Oregon ranks fourth in the country behind California, Washington, and New York in total wine production. Wine has been produced in the Oregon Territory since it was settled in the 1840s; however, winemaking has only been a significant industry in the state since the 1960s. The good news for wine aficionados, according to the 2016 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report, is that this state continues to experience notable growth, with case sales having increased by10%. While California, specifically Napa Valley, expounds the glories of Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon has the spot light on its shooting star, Pinot Noir. Several different growing regions within the state’s borders, which would include Willamette, Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, are well-suited to the cultivation of grapes, specific to the Burgundian varietals and various other white varietals that love the Northwest’s cool climate. So to revel in the wines of Oregon, we are offering the selections below for your quaffing pleasure.

King Estate Pinot Gris Willamette Valley  
Regular $19.99 WOTM $17.99

91 Points “Editors’ Choice” – Wine Enthusiast 2016
This is a gorgeous, mouth-watering example from another stellar Oregon growing season. Aromas of ripe pear, fresh cantaloupe and honeysuckle fill the glass. Fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks, which were temperature controlled to maximize fruit character, this wine benefited from sur lie aging for 4 months prior to bottling. Juicy flavors of wild honey and pineapple are framed by a balance of viscous texture and clean, racy acidity. This wine will age beautifully for several years to come. Excellent foil for seafood, shellfish, light soft cheeses and of course, goat cheese.

David Hill Estate Riesling
Reg $19.99 WOTM Special $16.99

88 points Wine Enthusiast. Citrus and peach are on display, with a slight hint of wintergreen mint. There are enough tannins here to give it a residual flavor of peach tea. Overall it’s a Germanic style of Riesling, emphasizing pure fruit zest and finesse with excellent grip and minerality. This white will pair wonderfully with spicy Asian cuisine, southern fried delicacies or enjoy on its own

David Hill Estate Gewürztraminer  
Reg $19.99 WOTM Special $16.99

90 points Wine Enthusiast. Produced from vines a half century old, this is fermented completely dry yet retains a distinct floral/talc character. Although Alsatian in style it, exudes a bit of extra fruit flesh, as one would expect of Oregon. It’s a lovely wine, with rose petal scents and light peach flavors. Try with blackened seafood, Thai dishes and spicy sausage (Bristol Farms’ Jezebel poultry sausage!).

La Voix de Vigne Pinot Noir  
Reg $24.99 WOTM Special $19.99

The translation for this beauty is “voice of the vines” and this one does sing nicely on your palate. Fresh raspberry aromas open immediately on the nose followed by darker fruits, brambles and a touch of black pepper. The flavors are exuberant red berries with a slight hint of dried herbs, while the mouthfeel is fresh with balanced fruit and the finish lingers with a soft velvety texture. The age of the vines is between 8 and 35 years old. A lovely Pinot to pair with red fleshed fish such as salmon, steelhead trout and ahi or pork based dishes.

Averaen Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  
Reg $19.99 WOTM Special $16.99

90 points Vinous 2016. Ripe, spice-accented cherry and boysenberry scents, along with hints of wood smoke, mocha and camphor. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet dark berry, mint and spice cake flavors that become livelier with aeration. Closes smooth and smoky, featuring consistent cherry character and gentle tannins that balance out the delicious finish. Try with turkey burgers, meatloaf and Bristol’s own stuffed chicken breast.

Patton Valley Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley  
Reg $26.99 WOTM Special $21.99

Patton’s flagship wine, this is the most comprehensive expression of their vineyard site. The Estate Pinot Noir has deep red fruit with subtle, intricate spice that develops over the front and mid palate. Layered and unassuming new oak allows for a fresh and bright expression on the back palate that resonates as true Oregon Pinot noir. This wine has energy, grace, depth, and balanced complexity.

All selections are 750ml unless otherwise noted. While Bristol Farms takes every effort to ensure adequate supply, all offerings are subject to availability

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