News Briefs for July 17, 2014July 17, 2014
•Italian wine group Mezzacorona is debuting a new sparkling wine from leading Sicilian brand Stemmari. The newcomer, called Baci Vivaci (“lively kisses”), is relatively low in alcohol content (10.5%-abv) and carbonation and uses Sicily’s indigenous Grillo grapes for a fruity, dry finish, the company says. The sparkling wine retails for $9.99 nationwide. Stemmari’s portfolio also includes Nero d’Avola, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and blends Dalila and Cantodoro. In addition to Stemmari, Mezzacorona’s brand stable also includes Rotari Trento Doc Metodo Classico sparkling wines. Mezzacorona’s wines are handled in the U.S. by its subsidiary, Prestige Wine Imports.
•Michael Mondavi Family Estate is set to launch Animo, a new super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, in the U.S. Sourced from Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak, Animo is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, and is aged for 20 months in 87% new French oak. Less than 900 cases of the wine’s inaugural 2010 vintage will be available starting August 1, priced at $85 a bottle. Animo joins Isabel Mondavi, Emblem and ‘M’ by Mondavi in Michael Mondavi Family Estates’ stable.
•California’s Pahlmeyer has introduced Wayfarer, a new range of estate-grown wines sourced from the winery’s Wayfarer Vineyard in Sonoma. Making its debut with a 2012 vintage, the lineup features five Pinot Noirs and one Chardonnay, all bearing Sonoma’s Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. The first three Wayfarer entries—Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay ($80), Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir ($90) and Golden Mean Pinot Noir ($115)—will roll out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Texas and Florida starting in September.
•Brazil’s Yaguara Cachaça has made its debut in the U.S. market in select on- and off-premise locations in New York. A blended white organic cachaça distilled in traditional alembic copper stills, Yaguara is produced in small batches by renowned Brazilian master blender Erwin Weimann using a century-old family recipe from brothers Thyrso and Thiago Camargo, who co-founded the company with fellow entrepreneur Hamilton Lowe. Yaguara, at 41.5%-abv, will available in select U.S. markets at a suggest retail price of $44.90 a 750-ml.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.