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News Briefs for November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

•Patrón Tequila inaugurates a new expression this month with its limited Patrón Estate Release. Created using 100% Blue Weber agave from the grounds of Hacienda Patrón, the 42%-abv spirit retails at $100 a 750-ml. Patrón Estate Release will be exclusive to the United States and will be in limited supply in select markets. Patrón, part of the Bacardi portfolio, was up 7.6% to 2.5 million cases in the U.S. last year.

•Quintessential Wines has launched the 2018 Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. This year, the traditional Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau are being joined by a Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé for the first time. Quintessential and Duboeuf held an Artist Label competition for the new vintage, which garnered 7,000 votes on social media and was won by emerging artist Chloe Meyer. Meyer’s “Foolish Pleasure” painting will adorn the more than 1 million bottles of Duboeuf Nouveau that are now hitting the U.S.

•Diageo has unveiled the sixth and final release in its Rhetoric series of American whiskies from the Orphan Barrel Whisky Distilling Co. Rhetoric 25-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a mashbill of 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye, and was bottled at 45.5% abv. Retailing at $140 a 750-ml., the luxury Bourbon is rolling out nationwide in limited quantities. It follows 20-year-old, 21-year-old, 22-year-old, 23-year-old, and 24-year-old expressions in Orphan Barrel’s Rhetoric series.

•Beam Suntory’s Knob Creek brand has launched Twice Barreled Rye, a limited edition expression. The new label features a base of Knob Creek’s flagship straight rye that’s then finished in new, charred American oak barrels prior to bottling at 100 proof. Twice Barreled Rye ($55 a 750-ml.) joins Straight, Single Barrel Select, and Cask Strength rye whiskies in the Knob Creek portfolio, which crested 400,000 cases in the U.S. last year on a rise of 8%.

•Mezcales de Leyenda has introduced a new, limited edition mezcal. Made from Oaxaca-sourced Cuixe—a sub-variety of Karwinskii agave that takes 12-15 years to fully mature—Leyenda’s Cuixe Mezcal is hand-harvested and roasted underground for six days, then hand-crushed for four additional days. The new mezcal ($110 a 750-ml.) is fermented in open-air vats and distilled in copper stills prior to being bottled at 96 proof. Limited Edition Cuixe joins a core line of Durango, San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Guerrero, and Oaxaca mezcals in the Mezcales de Leyenda portfolio, which is handled by M.S. Walker in the U.S.

•Napa Valley winery Chappellet has launched a new Grower Collection and unveiled a new tasting room in downtown Sonoma, California. The 2017 Grower Collection features nine new expressions, seven of which are block-designated and two that are vineyard-designated. With an exclusive focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the new range is sourced from various vineyards in cool-climate regions including Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap, and Carneros. Alongside the new range is the debut of the Grower Collection Tasting Room in Sonoma, a space dedicated primarily to the new collection that features a tasting bar and patio seating.

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