The Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery, which I had the pleasure of touring a few years ago, debuts each fall a new bottling for its popular, limited edition Master’s Collection. Last year saw the release of two malt whiskies, and for its upcoming launch in early November for this year it has announced the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish, which “was created by adjusting the whiskey’s fifth source of flavor—maturation.”
What’s interesting to note about this 45.2% ABV spirit, according to the distillery, is that
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, one that sees inspiration stemming from ingenuity, passion and creativity.
So while it may not be a bourbon, it still is something in the whiskey genre worth taking note of, especially given it will price for around $100 per 750 ml bottle. It marks as well the ninth expression in the Master’s Collection history.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...