Constellation Extends Cooper & Thief With Brandy Barrel Aged PinotFebruary 5, 2020
With spirits barrel aged wines enjoying growth in the U.S., Constellation Brands is extending its Cooper & Thief label with a Brandy Barrel Aged Pinot Noir.
Launching nationwide in April, the new entry will retail at $30 a 750-ml. and joins a Red Blend aged in ex-Bourbon barrels ($30), a Sauvignon Blanc aged in ex-Tequila barrels ($30), and the luxury Cooper & Thief Cabernet Sauvignon—a Napa Valley Cabernet aged in ex-High West whiskey barrels ($60)—in the range. The new Pinot Noir, which also includes small amounts of other varietals like Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, was rested in ex-brandy barrels for two and a half months and carries an abv of 16%.
While Constellation is in the process of selling its lower-end wine business to E.&J. Gallo in a transaction worth $1.1 billion, the 85,000-case Cooper & Thief label is among a handful of premium-and-above brands that it will retain and look to grow moving forward. Others include Robert Mondavi, Kim Crawford, Simi, Ruffino, Meiomi, Schrader, and Mount Veeder.—Daniel MarstellerSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.