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Wine Buzz: September 2011 Edition

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On the heels of its December 2010 launch, Argentina’s Bodega DiamAndes has released three new varietal wines. The winery is owned by the Bonnie family of Bordeaux fame, and was established as a part of the Clos de Los Siete group in Argentina in 2005. The new wines are entirely estate-grown and include a 2010 Malbec, Chardonnay and Viognier; they will reach U.S. shores this month. The wines are imported in the U.S. by CVGB Group-Dourthe (SRP: $20).


Laurent-Perrier Champagne has unveiled its latest vintage, the Brut Millésimé 2002. Laurent-Perrier rarely declares a vintage, waiting for only exceptional years. Made with 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, the Brut Millésimé 2002 was bottle-aged in its cellars in Tours-sur-Marne for nearly eight years before being disgorged prior to release. Considered the finest year in Champagne since 1996, the 2002 harvest yielded fruity, vivacious Champagnes (SRP: $69.99).


Antinori’s famed Tormaresca winery—rightly credited as helping to revolutionize winemaking in southern Italy’s Puglia region—has just released two new wines: the 2010 Roycello Fiano and the 2008 Trentangeli, an Aglianico blend. The first is made from 100% Fiano from Tormaresca’s Masseria Maìme estate and shows great acidity and lovely floral notes (SRP: $22). The modern-styled 2008 Rosso DOC is a blend of 65% Aglianico, 25% Cabernet and 10% Syrah and is produced at the Bocca di Lupo winery (SRP: $24).$100-$500


Ca’ Montini, one of northern Italy’s finest producers, launches Terra di Valfredda Pinot Grigio 2010, made by newly appointed winemaker, Riccardo Cotarella. Imported by Aveníu Brands, it is fragrant, crisp and marked by floral and citrus notes. Cotarella’s experience with Pinot Grigio comes from 12 years of experimentation conducted in the vineyard as well as in the cellar at the University of Viterbo where he is Professor of Oenology and Viticulture for three months of every year (SRP: $14.99).


Wines of Chile USA has created a Terroir Hunting Game for Facebook, where users will be able to virtually run their own winery. The game will involve virtually harvesting the grapes, then bottling, selling and exporting wines and finally having them rated by wine experts. Real Chilean winemakers will give users tips along the way. Players will learn about the details of particular terroirs and how they translate into quality wines. facebook.com/WinesOfChile


Iconic Pinot Grigio producer Santa Margherita has released Chianti Classico Riserva this fall, beginning with the 2007 vintage. By law, Italian Riservas receive at least two years of barrel aging and are subjected to additional quality controls. Produced from 20- to 30-year old vines, the Sangiovese-based wine has 10% Cabernet and 5% Merlot and benefits from extended oak aging. Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva is imported by Terlato Wines.(SRP: $25).


Trapiche, has a new label, “The Condor and the Andes,” which highlighs the roots of Trapiche in Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes. Trapiche adopted condor ssymbol which is said to have magical powers, inspire respect and force admiration. The Trapiche brand name is larger and more visible on the new label. The lower portion of the label represents the guardian spirit of the condor and reinforces the association between Trapiche and Argentina.


Malbec has become associated with Argentina, but the grape is originally from Cahors, France, and the famed Chateau Lagrézette is the oldest producer, having cultivated the variety since the 15th century. The estate today is owned by entrepreneur Alain Dominique Perrin, who has transformed Lagrézette into a world-class property. The newest release, the 2009 Purple, a new 100% Malbec, is made from 15-year old vines and offers a modern, fruit-forward style (SRP: $14.99).


Saphir Rose is a semi-dry sparkling wine produced by America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood. Produced in the French Champagne style; It features a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, and is slowly cold-fermented to preserve the character of these noble grapes. With a salmon-pink color and an aroma of juicy red fruit, Saphir Rose is medium-bodied and intense with spontaneous, textured bubbles. Saphir Rose is best served well-chilled as a complement to fresh fruits, cheeses and savory hors d’oeuvres.


Vision Wine & Spirits launches a new wine brand based on popular text acronyms called TXT Cellars. The brand targets Millennial consumers, but is still approachable and relevant to all American consumers who regularly text. The line is being launched with four wines: TXT Cellars OMG!!! Chardonnay, TXT Cellars LOL!!! Riesling, TXT Cellars LMAO!!! Pinot Grigio and TXT Cellars WTF!!! Pinot Noir. In addition to brand promotion through the usual channels, TXT Cellars will be promoted through Facebook, Twitter and consumer text messaging campaigns, of course (SRP: $7.99).


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