Woodford Reserve has announces the release of its latest product, the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish, which will be available for purchase in limited quantities in early November.
The Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created under the watchful eye of respected industry veteran and Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, who partnered with Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter to develop a release that challenges long held industry definitions of the category.
Because industry definitions require that bourbons be aged in new, charred oak barrels, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish is not technically a bourbon. Rather, it represents the overall direction of the category.
"Our Master's Collection has long been a favourite of mine to produce, as it gives me the chance to focus on and experiment with our five sources of flavour, one of the core attributes of Woodford Reserve," says Morris. "The Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish allowed me to partner with Mick to develop a product that is particularly exciting, both for fans of Woodford Reserve and Sonoma-Cutrer."
"Both wine and whiskey are born out of a commitment to a craft that both pays tribute to tradition, and is inspired by a love of innovation," says Schroeter, "Chris and I are excited to offer a spirit that brings the best of both categories to life for fans of the brands."
Released as the latest offering under the brand's umbrella of nine total Master's Collection expressions, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created by adjusting the whiskey's fifth source of flavour — maturation. By finishing a batch of the original Woodford Reserve whiskey in a used Pinot Noir barrel that was shipped directly from the Sonoma-Cutrer winery in California, the release has a unique flavour profile that hasn't been experienced in a bourbon before. Originally, the barrels aged three unique vintages of the brand's Burgundian style Pinot Noir, which gives this Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish a refreshingly fruit forward flavor profile that is truly one-of-a-kind. The Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish will be available for purchase in select markets within the United States and in limited international markets beginning in early November, with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for 750ml.