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Exclusive: Biagio Cru & Estate Adds Chile’s Tabalí To Stable

August 10, 2015

New York-based importer Biagio Cru & Estate Wines has added premium Chilean wine brand Tabalí to its portfolio. Produced in Northern Chile’s Limari Valley, the Tabalí range includes Reserva ($13-$16) and Reserva Especial ($15-$19) tiers; Tabalí Tinto ($28), a Syrah-based blend; Payen ($70), a 100% Syrah; and the Talinay lineup ($22-$30), which features a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines are made by Viña Tabalí chief winemaker and CEO Felipe Müller.

Ben Restivo, principal and managing director for Biagio Cru & Estate, tells SND the brand currently has U.S. volume of around 10,000 nine-liter cases. Biagio Cru will be targeting it primarily toward the on-premise, and sees the potential to grow it to 30,000 cases over the next three to five years. Tabalí marks Biagio Cru & Estates’ first move into the Chilean wine category, joining its existing offerings from Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, including Impact “Hot Brand” Lolailo Sangria, which rose 12% to more than 500,000 cases last year.

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