the vine (november/december 2010)
Black Tower Redesign
Black Tower wine relaunched its product in the U.S. market. The new two-tone bottle, designed by fashion expert Bobbie Thomas, features two halves: the lower showing the wine varietal and the upper with the brand’s black color. A new tagline reads “Easy Ends The Day” to target young professionals. The new packaging is available in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois. www.black-tower.de.
Bonterra Pinot Noir
The Bonterra Pinot Noir, produced in California’s Mendocino County, is a recent addition to the Bonterra portfolio. The wine has aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cola with oak, spice and vanilla accents. It features berry, vanilla and spice flavors with the soft tannins adding to its long finish. Bonterra offers Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rosé, Syrah, Zinfandel and Viognier varietals in its portfolio.www.bonterra.com.
2009 Lake Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc
Made in the Dry Creek Valley, the Lake Sonoma Winery 2009 Sauvignon Blanc features a powerful fruit character, bright, natural acidity and moderate sugars. The winemaking process involved pressing whole berries to extract the juice, cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and bottling within six months. The wine has fresh lime, kiwifruit and guava aromas with lime, lemon, orange zest and sorrel flavors that lead to a lingering finish. www.lakesonomawinery.net.
Korbel Sweet Cuvée California Champagne
Korbel introduces Sweet Cuvée California Champagne. Bottle fermentation results in persistent bubbles and a polished texture, and the blending of four grapes achieves the Cuvée’s style. Chenin Blanc adds the fruit taste while Chardonnay gives it body and structure. The Sweet Cuvée has peach, nectarine and tropical fruit aromas that are accented by subtle yeast notes and pineapple and tropical fruit flavors, giving the taste a bright acidity. www.korbel.com.