Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish. Image courtesy Woodford Reserve.October 12, 2014 – For the second time, Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve Distillery and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards have teamed up on a Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection release. The eighth annual edition of the Master’s Collection uses Sonoma-Cutrer’s Pinot Noir red wine casks to add a final touch to Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon. In 2007, the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection release used Chardonnay white wine casks from Sonoma-Cutrer.

In a news release, the whiskey was described as a collaboration between Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris and Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter. Morris said “our Master’s Collection has long been a favorite of mine to produce, as it gives me the chance to focus on and experiment with our five sources of flavor, one of the core attributes of Woodford Reserve.┬áThe 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.”

The whiskey will be available starting in November at retailers in the US and select international markets, with a recommended retail price of $90 USD per 750ml bottle. Pricing for markets requiring 700ml bottles was not announced.

In addition, Brown-Forman has announced that the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon will be available in the UK, with allocations limited to on-premise bar and restaurant accounts for now. There are currently no plans to make the expression available to retailers.

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