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Gelson’s Debuts New Offerings From ‘Winemaker of the Year’ Fayard

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Encino, California-based Gelson’s is launching three new bottlings in its exclusive collection of Gelson’s Wines, all produced through its ongoing collaboration with Julien Fayard, named 2016 “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Spectrum.

On November 2, from 2 until 5 p.m., all 27 Gelson’s stores will pour samples of the newly curated wines, complemented by holiday meal tastings from Gelson’s Kitchen. The wines include:

  • 2017 Coombsville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: A limited-release and the first reserve Cabernet for Gelson’s Wines, this 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 20 months in new French oak. It has a palate of ripe blackberry, blueberry and hints of cedar and spices. Shoppers can find it on special through Nov.28 for $46.99. 
  • 2018 Oak Knoll District Malbec: The first Malbec made for the private-label Gelson’s Wines, this Napa Valley Malbec is traditionally fermented (temperature controlled in a stainless steel tank) and aged for 10 months in 100 percent French oak. With aromas of cherry and blueberry, this wine has a palate of ripe cherries, cocoa and spices. It’s on special through Nov. 28 for $16.99. 
  • 2018 Rosé: This limited-release rosé is made with a blend of 70 percent Syrah, 20 percent Grenache, 8 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Barbera. Whole-cluster pressed and fermented dry in temperature-controlled, stainless steel, this rose-gold wine is on special through Nov. 28 for $19.99.

Gelson’s debuted its first branded collection of fine wines two years ago with four Santa Barbara reds (Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Sangiovese) and one white (Chardonnay), created exclusively for Gelson’s by top winemaker and Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Doug Margerum. One year ago came three more offerings, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Mayfair blend from Margerum, and a Rosé from Provence-cum-Napa Valley winemaker Julien Fayard.

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