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News Briefs for September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019

•The Prisoner Wine Co., part of the Constellation portfolio, has introduced its first Pinot Noir. Retailing at $55 a 750-ml., the new bottling is called Eternally Silenced and is debuting with 11,000 cases for the inaugural vintage. Rolling out nationally, Eternally Silenced is 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Syrah/Viognier, sourced 25% from Santa Barbara, 25% from Sonoma Coast, 20% from Napa Valley, 20% from Edna Valley, and 10% from Monterey. The Prisoner was up 14% to 200,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Macallan Edition No. 5, two limited-editions from Kilchoman, and new bottlings from Buffalo Trace, Hillrock Estate, and others are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Domaine Pascal Jolivet, based in France’s Loire Valley, has rebranded its Pouilly-Fumé wines as Blanc-Fumé. The new branding calls back to Pascal Jolivet’s grandfather, Lucien, who used the Blanc-Fumé name over 60 years ago, and, according to Jolivet, also ensures that the wine will not be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé from Burgundy. The new name will take effect for the 2018 vintage, of which 2,500 cases will be available in the U.S. Part of the Frederick Wildman & Sons portfolio, the Jolivet brand was up 5% to 32,000 cases in the U.S. last year overall.

•Anheuser-Busch InBev has partnered with Jim Beam to debut Budweiser Reserve Black Lager. The second collaborative effort between the two companies—following Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager—the new entry is at 7.1% abv and is aged on six-year Jim Beam Bourbon barrel staves. Budweiser Reserve Black Lager will be available from October through December in stubby glass bottles, as well as in a 22-ounce bomber bottle gift box. Budweiser ranked fourth among all beer brands in the U.S. last year at 12.2 million barrels, down 6%, according to Impact Databank.

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