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News Briefs for September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019

•William Grant & Sons is rolling out Glenfiddich Grand Cru, the latest permanent addition to the brand portfolio. The 40% abv whisky was matured for 23 years before finishing in French casks previously used for aging sparkling wine. Glenfiddich Grand Cru is rolling out to specialty retailers and premium shops across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $300 a 750-ml. Glenfiddich was up 2.3% to 206,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Terlato Wines has debuted a new luxury Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State’s Red Mountain appellation, Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet. The wine is sourced from and named for the region’s Klipsun vineyard, which Terlato purchased in 2016. Only 1,000 6-packs of the inaugural 2016 vintage will be released, with each individually numbered bottle retailing for $150 a 750-ml. In the past, grapes from the Klipsun vineyard have sold to Col Solare and Quilceda Creek, among others.

•E.&J. Gallo has launched Apothic Sparkling Red—a new, limited edition sparkler in the Apothic portfolio. The release taps into the growing popularity of sparkling wines while retaining the approachability and consumer appeal of the Apothic brand. The 11.5% abv sparkler is now available across the U.S. at a suggested price of $16. It joins Apothic Red, Dark, Crush, and Brew, among other releases. Last year, according to Impact Databank, the Apothic brand depleted 3.45 million cases in 2018, up 1.5%.

•Greensboro, North Carolina-based Pacific Highway Wines has become the exclusive representative of Chile’s Santa Ema family of wines in the U.S. market. Effective immediately, Pacific Highway will handle import, sales, and marketing duties for Santa Ema’s Maipo Valley-sourced wines. Initially, Pacific Highway will handle three tiers from Santa Ema: the Amplus range, including a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Carmenère, both retailing at $30; the Reserva range, including a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot priced at $14; and the Select Terroir Reserva range, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot, and a Sauvignon Blanc, at $11.

•Irish Distillers has released two new whiskies under its Method and Madness label. The first is a single pot still Irish whiskey that’s finished in French wild cherry wood for seven months to four years and bottled at 46% abv. The second is also a 46% abv single pot still whiskey, though this one is finished in French acacia wood for one to four years. Both new whiskies are currently limited to Ireland, the U.K., and global travel retail. Method and Madness first launched in February 2017, and is made at Irish Distillers’ Midleton distillery.

•Herzog Wine Cellars has launched two new sparkling wines. The Oxnard, California-based winery has added to its Lineage line with Herzog Lineage Momentus, a sparkling blend made from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc that retails at $20 a 750-ml. It also launched the semi-sweet Belle Rouge ($15) under its Jeunesse label. Both are available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and California, with additional markets to come. Last year the Herzog Collection reached U.S. depletions of 45,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

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