29 Jul

Big Bang Wine Expands National Distribution Portfolio

July 29, 2014, San Anselmo, CA – Big Bang Wine, one of the wine industry’s top sales and marketing agencies, has announced it will manage national sales and distribution for some of California’s most important producers including: Longoria (Sta. Rita Hills), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Cambiata (Monterey) and Rail 2 Rail (Lodi). The company had already been representing Coquerel (Napa).

According to Ted Reimer, president of Big Bang Wine’s sales division, “We are thrilled to have these prestigious producers join our portfolio of fine wine. Each of these wineries has been praised by the national media, trade and consumers for their high-quality, terroir-driven wines from some of California’s greatest AVAs Napa, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Lodi and Santa Cruz Mountains. To date, all of these producers have had limited distribution outside of California. The only way to get most of these wines was through the clubs and mailing lists. Our goal is to place them with luxury-class, high-quality wine distributors in key markets around the country.”

Mike Lynch, a partner at Big Bang Wine, adds, “These wineries rank among the state’s most celebrated producers of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. And for the more adventurous wine enthusiast they also produce small quantities from exotic grapes like Tempranillo, Tannat, Dornfelder, Albariño and Verdelho. We believe these brands will be quickly embraced across the country by distributors, retailers, restaurants and consumers.”

In addition to its sales and distribution division, Big Bang Wine also manages PR and communications for Force Majeure (Red Mountain, Washington), Chalone (Monterey), Wrath (Monterey), Coquerel (Napa), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains) and Groove (International Digital Marketing).

Distributors and wineries interested in working with Big Bang Wine should contact Ted Reimer at ted@bbwineinc.com or (415) 491-0644.

About Big Bang Wine
Big Bang Communications was launched in 2001 by Jean Jacote and Mike Lynch to provide executive-level media relations, writing, advertising and marketing for the wine and spirits industry. The agency built its business by developing and implementing powerful communication programs designed to increase brand awareness and perception. In April of 2014, the company changed its name to Big Bang Wine and added national sales and distribution management to its list of services. For more information go to www.bbwineinc.com.

27 Jul

Wine Enthusiast – 2009 Clos de la Techs

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud Pinot Noir
91 Points Cellar Selection
From the estate vineyard of a winery founded in 1994 by Silicon Valley mogul TJ Rodgers of Cypress Semi- conductor, the grapes must be picked by a special tractor-on-wires because they are so steeply plant- ed. Like the other 2009s, this Pinot Noir is characterized by strong tannins, meaning that it will last. Unlike the others, this one boats a more mushroom- driven nose between shiitake and porcini, with a touch of mocha. The palate reveals caramelized raspberry, graphite and silty flavors.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir
93 Points
While impressive now for its weight and flavor profile, this should evolve well, thanks to its heavy tannins and ample concentration. Right now, there is wet earth and prominent mint on the nose. The palate also picks up spearmint, with sagebrush, licorice and tobacco as well. The tannins emerge at the end of the sip, and will continue to smooth out beyond 2020.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge Pinot Noir
93 Points Cellar Selection
Opaque in its deep purple color, this micro- chip-toting bottle fills the nose with the wet clay and menthol aromas. On the palate, graphite and black volcanic rock come with a touch of caramelized fruit and dark spices, such as black pepper, that take hold. Still rich with tannins, this will continue to emerge until 2024 if not longer.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Valeta Sunny Slope Pinot Noir
90 Points
This particular Valeta vineyard is 2,350-feet above the Bay Area in a site that deals with lots of wind, rain and sometimes snow. The aromas are menthol, wet clay and mocha, and the palate delivers dark chocolate and pasilla chile. The tannins are a constant from Clos de la Tech, so hang onto this one to 2018.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Pinot Noir
92 Points Cellar Selection
The most affordable offering in the Clos de la Tech portfolio, it offers cinnamon and other baking spices plus caramel on the nose. These are followed by a palate rich in cola nut, cranberry, tar and cherry flavors. Like its sister wines, this is loaded with tannins, so expect steady evolution and improvement through 2019.