Ste. Michelle Wine Estates released a new Washington Cabernet Sauvignon this spring. Created by Columbia Crest head winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca, Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon ($22 a 750-ml. bottle) is sourced from the Beverly Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA and the Eagle & Plow Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. Nearly half of the grapes for Intrinsic were left on the skins for nine months rather than the typical length of one month—a technique that adds depth and flavor. The offering is available nationwide. For more information, visit Intrinsicwineco.com.
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Wines
In March, Pernod Ricard USA’s Jacob’s Creek Australian wine brand launched a range of wines finished in whisk(e)y barrels. The Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel wines ($19.99 a 750-ml. bottle) were aged for 12 to 20 months, then matured for roughly three more months in whisk(e)y casks. The Shiraz was finished in Scotch whisky casks, while the Cabernet Sauvignon was finished in Irish whiskey casks. Both wines are available in select markets. For more information, visit Jacobscreek.com.
This spring, Kobrand Corp. launched the first wines from Maison Louis Jadot’s Résonance Winery and Vineyards project in Oregon. The Résonance line debuts with a single-vineyard Pinot Noir ($65 a 750-ml. bottle), which is produced at the 32-acre organic, dry-farmed Résonance Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Available nationwide, the wine is Jadot’s first venture outside Burgundy. For more information, visit Kobrandwineandspirits.com.
Divining Rod Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Mondavi & Family extended its Divining Rod wine range this month. The Divining Rod Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($19 a 750-ml. bottle) joins the California-sourced Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Divine red blend. The wine is available nationwide. For more information, visit Thediviningrod.com.
Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. introduced a new wine from Bordeaux and California winemaker Christian Moueix this spring. Produced at the Ulysses Vineyard in Oakville, the 2012 Ulysses ($179 a 750-ml. bottle) is an estate-bottled Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that features small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is now available in 23 states. For more information, visit Dreyfusashby.com.
Cashmere Black Magic
Sonoma, California–based Cline Family Cellars added a dark red blend to its Cashmere wine range this spring. Cashmere Black Magic ($25 a 750-ml. bottle) is made with Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Grenache. The wine is available in 46 states. For more information, visit Clinecellars.com.