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News Briefs for August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018

•William Grant & Sons has released The Balvenie Doublewood 25-year-old. The new limited release is bottled at 43% abv and spent 25 years maturing in American oak before a three-month finishing period in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The whisky is now available at select on- and off-premise locations across the U.S. and retails for a suggested price of $600. The Balvenie was up 5.3% to 106,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Heaven Hill Brands has filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey brand in U.S. District Court, asserting copyright infringement. According to Heaven Hill, the Dylan whiskey’s name and logo are too similar to those used by Heaven Hill’s namesake brand. Heaven’s Door Spirits, which is a partnership between Dylan and Spirits Investment Partners—led by Angel’s Envy veteran Marc Bushala—has denied the claims and says it intends to vigorously defend its brand. Heaven’s Door debuted in select markets earlier this year with a Tennessee Straight Bourbon, Double Barrel Whiskey from Tennessee, and a Straight Rye Whiskey finished in barrels from Vosges, France, retailing from $50-$80 a bottle.

•Michter’s Distillery is set to introduce US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon in September. The 45.7%-abv whiskey begins as Michter’s standard Bourbon but undergoes a period of extra aging in a toasted (not charred) barrel. The 2018 release marks the Bourbon’s return to the market after a three-year hiatus. It’s available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $60. Chatham Imports handles Michter’s whiskies in the U.S. market.

•Zonin USA’s Tuscan winery Rocca di Montemassi has debuted Renaissance Rosé IGT. A blend of Sangiovese and Syrah produced in Tuscany’s Maremma region, Renaissance Rosé is available in 15 markets across the U.S. for a retail price of $17 a 750-ml. About 10,000 cases of the new wine were produced. The Rocca di Montemassi portfolio also includes two red blends, as well as Sangiovese and Vermentino offerings.

•Rombauer Vineyards has appointed Alison Surgeon as national sales manager. Surgeon joined Rombauer in 2004, and most recently served as Northern California and Hawaii regional sales manager. Rombauer farms 620 acres of vineyards in Carneros, Atlas Peak, St. Helena, Calistoga, and the Sierra Foothills. The winery’s Carneros Chardonnay has been a repeat selection for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year.

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