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Wine Buzz: August 2014

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FRESCOBALDI LAUNCHES NIPOZZANO ‘OLD VINES’ IN THE U.S.

Tearing a page from the American wine label book, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi has gone “old vine.” Nipozzano “Vecchie Viti” is a new wine made from the oldest vineyards surrounding the Nipozzano Castle in the heart of the Chianti Rufina DOCG. (With 700 years of winemaking experience, the Frescobaldis know from “old”!) These vines were purposely not uprooted during a major replanting in the 1970s. The wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Black Malvasia, Canaiolo and Colorino, aged 24 months in large oak barrels.

SRP $29.99

frescobaldi.it | foliowine.com

MEET SCRATCHPAD, AN AUTHENTIC DOODLEY-DO WINE

Terravant Wine Company, located in California’s Central Coast, has released Scratchpad—the wine industry’s first interactive label. Each bottle comes with a charcoal pencil, which allows the buyer to sketch directly on the label. First releases (all Central Coast) are: 2011 Chardonnay ($13), 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($11) and 2011 Central Coast Pinot Noir ($15). Currently in CT, IN, ME, NJ, NY, TX and VA.

 

WILDMAN’S BUBBLY TRIPLE PLAY: CAVICCHIOLI

Frederick Wildman and Sons has launched its newest trifecta in the Italian Estates portfolio, Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco, Cavicchioli 1928 Rosé and Cavicchioli 1928 Spumante from the leading producer of premium sweet red sparkling wine in Italy. The trio happens to tap into three hot trends: sweet, bubbly and rosé. On top of that, the wines are eye-catching, modestly priced ($12.99) and delicious. Cavicchioli was founded in 1928 by Umberto Cavicchioli, grandfather to brothers Sandro and Claudio, current winemaker and GM, respectively.

 

CONCHA Y TORO TAPS INTO SPIKING POPULARITY OF SOCCER

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is history, but big-stage soccer continues with the International Champions Cup (ICC) tournament here in the U.S. Concha y Toro has released a one-time-only commemorative Casillero del Diablo Manchester United Legendary Collection, signed by star players and coach and featuring the team logo. The 2012 Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon, backed by 10% Carmenere and 14 months of oak, sports flavors of plum, black cherry, chocolate and cassis. SRP $17.

JUST ANOTHER CALIFORNIA WINE? AU CONTRAIRE!

The Taub family, owners of Palm Bay International, have released Au Contraire, marking a heartfelt and humorous return to their roots in the California wine business. This French expression was used often by Palm Bay’s beloved late founder, David S. Taub, usually preceding insight drawn from conventional wisdom. President & CEO Marc D. Taub fittingly adopted his father’s favorite saying to embody a new project that takes Palm Bay in a somewhat unexpected direction: domestic wines.  The initial releases are a 2013 Russian River Chardonnay (SRP $20) and 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($28), replete with a label that shows Au Contraire’s playful side.

palmbay.com


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