News Briefs for March 14, 2018March 14, 2018
•Palm Bay International has introduced two new red blend offerings under its Roscato brand. Both new entries—Roscato Dark and Roscato Smooth—are a blend of native Trentino red varieties and retail at $13 a 750-ml. Roscato’s new expressions mark the first still wines in the brand portfolio, and will be in national distribution by April 1. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Roscato has more than doubled in size in the U.S. since 2014, reaching 750,000 cases last year.
•Luxco has unveiled Pact No. 4, the latest Bourbon in its limited edition Blood Oath series. Pact No. 4 is made with a blend of three Kentucky straight Bourbons, including a 12-year-old and 10-year-old, as well as a 9-year-old whiskey finished in toasted Bourbon barrels. Limited to 12,000 3-packs, the 98.6-proof offering is packaged in a commemorative wooden box and retails at $100 a 750-ml. The Blood Oath range, which launched in 2015, features a new limited release each year.
•Fetzer Vineyards is launching Flatbed Red—a new red blend—coinciding with the company’s 50th anniversary. The 13.9%-abv wine features a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Teroldego and is aged for eight months in both French and American oak. Flatbed Red is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $10 a 750-ml.
•Prestige Beverage Group has launched Nucano, a new mezcal brand. Made from San Dionisto, Mexico-sourced Espadin agave, Nucano is hand-harvested, then roasted in an earth oven for five days and later pressed by a stone wheel that’s pulled by horse. The resulting mash is fermented in wooden vats and distilled in a copper pot. Third-generation maestro mezcalero Don Arturo and his daughter, Esther, produce the brand, which will debut in major markets across the U.S. on April 2 with three expressions: a 45%-abv Joven ($45 a 750-ml.); a 40%-abv Reposado ($50), aged for 12 months; and a 40%-abv Añejo ($60), aged for five years.
•California’s Vintage Wine Estates has promoted Erin Luby to the role of vice president of tasting rooms and wine clubs. Luby, who most recently served as senior director of tasting rooms and wine clubs, will oversee Vintage Wine Estates’ 11 tasting rooms and all wine club operations. Concurrently, Kimberly Benson has been named vice president of finance, charged with overseeing Vintage Wine Estates’ finance and accounting teams. She previously served as director of financial planning and analysis. Vintage Wine Estates’ portfolio includes wineries throughout California and Oregon.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.