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News Briefs for July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

•A. Hardy USA is launching single malt Scotch brand Inchmurrin in the U.S. Produced by Loch Lomond Distilleries, Inchmurrin will debut with its “Island Collection” of whiskies, comprised of Inchmurrin 12-year-old ($85), 18-year-old ($160) and Madeira Wood Finish ($95). The 46%-abv trio is currently rolling out nationwide. In addition to Inchmurrin, A. Hardy handles Loch Lomond Distilleries’ namesake Scotch brand, as well as its Littlemill, Glen Scotia and High Commissioner labels.

•New Jersey-based Vision Wine & Spirits is releasing a special three-bottle vertical pack of Bodegas Franco Espanolas Bordon Gran Reserva vintages 1999, 2005 and 2007. The top end of the Rioja winery’s portfolio, Bordon Gran Reserva is composed of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo and aged 24-36 months in American oak, followed by at least three years in bottle. The three-bottle vertical set will retail at around $125.

•Former Epic Wines executives have teamed to launch Phenix Wine Distributors, a new employee-owned wine wholesaler based in Santa Cruz, California. Andrea Mondragon, formerly COO at Epic (the California distributor owned by Bill Foley), will serve as CEO of Phenix, whose brands initially will include Elyse Winery, Renwood Winery, Sarah’s Vineyard, Ferraton Pere & Fils, FEW Wines, Pierre Henri Morel, Roberts + Rogers and Helwig Winery, among others.

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