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Exclusive: Fresh Faces Abound Among Impact’s “Hot Prospect” Wines

September 10, 2014

Impact’s “Hot Prospects” wine list—recognizing the up-and-coming brands expected to contribute significantly to industry growth in the years ahead—showcases an abundance of new blood this year, with first-time winners representing more than half of total honorees in both the domestic and imported wine segments.

The domestic wine Hot Prospects roster expanded by five members this year, with 30 brands earning honors. A robust contingent of 18 new brands joined the ranks based on their 2013 performances, along with 12 labels that return from a year ago. As has been the case in recent years, the domestic list for 2013 is filled with accessibly-priced, premium lifestyle brands—with the $10-$15 area particularly well-represented—many from the industry’s major players. Meanwhile, a total of 22 imported wines attained Hot Prospect status, led by offerings from Argentina and Italy, which placed six brands each.

To qualify as Hot Prospects, wine brands must have posted 15% depletions growth or more in 2013 while also showing consistent growth in 2011 and 2012. Volumes must be at least 50,000 cases but not more than 250,000 cases. New products can also qualify as Hot Prospects if they pass the 50,000-case mark in their first year.

Domestic wine Hot Prospects with volume of more than 100,000 cases include Hahn Winery, Trinchero’s Seaglass and Napa Cellars, Bronco’s Green Fin, Beam Suntory’s Skinnygirl, E&J Gallo’s Bridlewood and Carnivor, Terlato’s Seven Daughters, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers’ Line 39, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Delicato Family Vineyards’ Irony and Handcraft, The Wine Group’s Cocobon and King Estate Winery’s Acrobat.

Imported wine Hot Prospects above 100,000 cases include Quintessential Wines’ Valentin Bianchi, New Age and Bodegas Muriel; TGIC Importers’ Bodegas Norton; Palm Bay International’s Lunetta Prosecco; Treasury Wine Estates’ Matua; Latitude Beverage Co.’s 90+ Cellars; Winebow’s Tilia, Constellation’s Diseño and Ruffino Prosecco, Zonin USA’s Primo Amore and the namesake brand of Gerard Bertrand.

A total of 24 brands with volume from 50,000-100,000 cases also earned Hot Prospect awards, including 16 domestic and eight imported labels.

For the complete list and analysis of Impact’s Hot Prospect wines, see the September 1&15 issue of Impact.

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