Following the season five premiere of “Downton Abbey” on PBS, New York-based Downton Abbey Wine expanded its portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection.
Crafted with premium fruit from California, the collection features a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay, which take inspiration from character Lady Cora Crawley, the thoroughly modern, American-born wife of British aristocrat Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, the company says. Bold-flavored and fruit-forward, the new wines complement Downton Abbey Wines’ more classically reserved Bordeaux offerings, it adds.
The Downton Abbey winemaking team looked to estate vineyards in Lodi, Calif., as the fruit source for the new wines. Combining the best old-world winemaking practices with the newest winemaking techniques, the finished wines offer a distinct new taste option for Downton Abbey Wine fans, the company explains.
“We are thrilled to broaden our Downton Abbey Wine portfolio to include these popular varietals crafted with exceptional California fruit,” said William Zysblat, co-founder of Downton Abbey Wines, in a statement. “As legions of Downton Abbey fans continue to enjoy the show with a glass in hand, they now have even more choices with a new Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.”
The fruit-driven Downton Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are full-bodied wines with concentration of color and flavor. Scents of ripe red cherries and subtle oak dominate the senses in the Cabernet Sauvignon with spicy notes and vanilla on the palate, according to the company. The Chardonnay offers aromas of tropical fruits and delicate oak giving way to citrus flavors, it adds.
In support of the launch, consumers can log on to www.downtonabbeywine.com to participate in a sweepstakes to win $50 www.pbs.org gift certificates, Downton Abbey gift sets and discount coupons redeemable on the website.
The new Downton Abbey Wines will be available at select grocery stores and wine retailers in the United States for $14.99 for a 750-ml bottle.
Sales and distribution of the new wines is being handled by LCF Wines, Acampo, Calif., a collaboration between the LangeTwins, Coors and Ficeli families dedicated to promoting its collection of family-owned wine brands.