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New Products: February 2023 Edition

By February 2, 2023Top News, New Products

1. Yealands Wines
New Zealand’s Yealands Wines has expanded its line-up of sustainable offerings with Lighter Sauvignon Blanc. The inaugural 2022 vintage, highlighting fruit from Awatere and Wairau Valley vineyards, is rife with herbaceous and tropical flavors and features a 9% ABV that dovetails with rising consumer demand for low-alcohol products.

SRP: $15.99 per 750-ml bottle

2. George Dickel
Back in 2016, George Dickel 17-Year-Old Reserve debuted in a 375-ml bottle that quickly racked up a fan base. Now it has returned in a larger format, culled from barrels that Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. general manager and distiller Nicole Austin sought out as an ode to the original liquid. The 92-proof Tennessee whisky leads with apricot aromatics before transforming into plum and juniper on the palate.

SRP: $250 per 750-ml bottle

3. Nocheluna
Fourth-generation maestro vinatero Don Eduardo Arrieta, sotol expert Ricardo Pico, and master distiller Iván Saldaña have teamed up to bring Nocheluna to life. The sotol, harvested from 12- to 15-year-old wild Dasylirion plants growing in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert, can be served neat or in cocktails with the likes of pineapple and prickly pear.

SRP: $79.99 per 750-ml bottle

4. Rebellious Wine
Its full-bodied, food-friendly red blend was a hit, and now Rebellious is following it up with a silky California Pinot Noir. For an extra burst of acidity, a touch of California Chardonnay has been woven into the wine to soften the tannins.

SRP: $19.99 per 750-ml bottle

5. Matua
Wine coolers of yore get a sophisticated upgrade with the Matua Cooler. This 80-calorie ready-to-drink quencher stars New Zealand’s bright, citrusy Matua Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling water, and a splash of kiwi.

SRP: $12.99 per four-pack of 250-ml cans

6. Maison Ferrand
Chinese New Year kicked off last month, and to celebrate, Maison Ferrand owner and master blender Alexandre Gabriel rolled out the limited-edition Ferrand Cognac 10 Générations Port Cask Year of the Rabbit. The 88-proof Grande Champagne Cognac—symbolic of the lucky number eight in Chinese culture—is made solely with Ugni Blanc. It is double aged, first in French oak and then Port wine casks, characterized by a long, creamy fig- and plum-tinged finish.

SRP: $64.99 per 750-ml bottle

7. La Crema Winery
A duo of markedly different California wines converges in La Crema’s two-bottle Russian River Valley gift set. The first, the versatile Chardonnay, balances juicy apple galette and jolts of pear and tangerine, while the Pinot Noir is a mélange of boysenberry, cherry, and pomegranate.

SRP: $85 per box

8. Heaven Hill Distillery
The 16th edition of the Parker’s Heritage collection comprises 67 percent 13-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey that has been double barreled for four weeks and then blended with 33 percent 15-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey to unearth layers of oak and spice. A portion of proceeds from the 132.2-proof whiskey will be donated to ALS research and care in honor of master distiller emeritus Parker Beam.

SRP: $174.99 per 750-ml bottle

9. Delille Cellars
Known for its Bordeaux-style blends, pioneering Washington winery DeLille Cellars has broadened its reach with Métier, a spinoff brand illuminating the approachability of the state’s Columbia Valley AVA. The Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, soon to be trailed by a 2021 vintage and red blend, is wrapped in an eye-catching label by Seattle artist Becca Fuhrman.

SRP: $30 per 750-ml bottle

10. St. Agrestis
Joining the Phony Negroni that arrived in 2022, the Brooklyn aperitivi and digestivi brand St. Agrestis has introduced its second nonalcoholic cocktail. Reminiscent of an amaro highball, Amaro Falso echoes the bitter, herbal spice and citrus of its spirituous counterpart with gentian root, carbonation, and nitrogen.

SRP: $59.99 per 12-pack of 200-ml bottles

11. Dingle Distillery
Dingle Single Malt Whiskey, Dingle Distillery’s first core expression, is now available stateside. Produced entirely from the Irish distillery’s own spirit, the 92.6-proof triple distilled, non-chill filtered whiskey is aged in former bourbon and PX sherry casks for six to seven years, resulting in a honeyed finish.

SRP: $100 per 750-ml bottle

12. Everleaf
Drawing from his background as a bartender and conservation biologist, Paul Mathew launched Everleaf, a line of complex non-alcoholic aperitifs, in the U.K. in 2019. The three nature-inspired varieties, new to the U.S. market, include the bittersweet Everleaf Forest, crisp Everleaf Marine, and aromatic Everleaf Mountain, all of which can be buoyed with tonic water to create refreshing spritzes.

SRP: $33 to $35 per 500-ml bottle

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