2012 LOT CATALOGUE 

The 2012 Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner and Auction was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at The Breakers Palm Beach.  

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RARE STAGLIN

The 2001 vintage is one where legendary wines were produced. This 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine. The vintage was earmarked by abundant heat in May and June followed by a cooler than normal July and August. This cooling trend gave the red grapes plenty of hang time and the wine shows it. There is a deep black color with ripe aromas of black cherry and plum. The flavors are mushroom, blueberry and distinctive caramel from the 100% new French oak barrels. The finish lingers with hints of chocolate, ripe plum and tobacco. The tannins are supple and silky with a lingering flavor of black tea. The wine is youthful and friendly now and should continue to develop beautifully for 10-15 years.

Includes:

  • One 3 Liter specially etched bottle of 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon      

Donated by: Linda Costello

Winning Bid: $1,000

 


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MONDAVI EXPERIENCE

Continuum is the next-generation of Tim and Marcia Mondavi doing what California wine's first family does best: innovating and making excellent wine. Continuum is a Left Bank style Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery's higher elevation Pritchard Hill estate in Oakville. Red plum and boysenberry fruit rest on the nose and palate beautifully. There are also espresso bean, cocoa nib and pencil lead flavors that add lift and complexity and a nice balancing acidity and ripe, full tannins.

"A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy, richness and sophistication. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot." Wine Spectator

Includes:

  • Tour and tasting for four with Carissa Mondavi, granddaughter of Robert Mondavi, at Continuum Estate
  • One Magnum of 2008 Continuum

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable date between parties for tour and tasting

Donated by: Continuum Estate

Winning Bid: $1,300

 

 

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THE ORACLE

The Oracle is the exceptionally balanced, full-bodied flagship red blend made by the Miner Family Winery from grapes grown at Stagecoach Vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot). In Greek mythology, the oracle was a source of inspiration and revelation. We hope that you will find the answers to life's most compelling questions while enjoying The Oracle with friends and family.

Includes:

  • One 3 Liter bottle of 2007 Miner Family Winery “The Oracle”

Donated by: Miner Family Winery

Winning Bid: $1,000

 

 

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DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN

For those of you who may not yet have had the pleasure of meeting Sean Larkin, he is a man you will not soon forget. His wines are of similar caliber, with the 2008 vintage marking the 10th Anniversary of Larkin Wines with each vintage having received no less than 90+ points from esteemed wine critic Robert Parker. Larkin is a gregarious man, the only Scottish Lad in Napa, who makes outstanding Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley and produces the Jack Larkin wines proudly named in honor of his young son. Extremely limited production, these two bottles are one of a kind, produced specially for the Palm Beach Wine Auction. 

“Sean Larkin's main project is producing these two brilliant wines (Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) that seem to score highly no matter what the vintage.” Robert M. Parker

Includes one 6 Liter bottle each of:

  • 2008 Larkin Cabernet Franc
  • 2008 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Larkin Wines, Inc.

Winning Bid: $1,400

 

 

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A DAY AT THE VIRGINIA PHILIP ACADEMY

Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier of The Breakers, Palm Beach, has opened her first namesake Wine Shop and Academy. At nearly 1,800 square feet, and with 400 personally selected offerings spanning regions all over the globe priced as low as $13, the shop brings Philip's extensive and encompassing experience to the heart of West Palm Beach. The shop will also offer wine education programs utilizing Virginia’s extensive experience. Programs will range in focus from regional knowledge to food and wine pairings, as well as how to buy wine and build a cellar. Costs for the programs will be $25 to $50 per class, depending on the subject matter. A limited number of eight-week classes will be offered for those looking to immerse themselves completely within Virginia’s full range of knowledge.

Virginia became the tenth woman in the world to earn the extraordinary accreditation of Master Sommelier (there are now 21). This achievement was complemented when she earned the national title of "Best Sommelier of the United States" in 2002 from the American Sommelier Association. Virginia has also been on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Includes:

  • A Wine Class for twelve taught by Virginia Philip - Master Sommelier. Explore, learn and taste 6 wines on the topic of your choice from one of the following selections:
    - Whites and Reds of California
    - The Wines of Burgundy
    - The Wines of Bordeaux
    - The Wines of Tuscany
    - Whites and Reds of Spain

Please note:
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Wine Class is 1½ hours and is in Store only

Donated by: Virginia Philip Wine Academy

Winning Bid: $1,300

 

 

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AN IMPERIAL OF 2007 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE

Only a handful of these rare bottles from one of the Rhône’s greatest producers are made each year. 

“The 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle is a pretty, dark ruby/plum-colored effort displaying aromas of camphor, loamy soil, pepper, herbs and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, soft, round and expansive, it is an endearing Hermitage to enjoy over the next decade. The dramatic differences between the 2007 and 2009 are remarkable when these two wines are tasted side by side.” Robert M. Parker

Includes:

  • One 6 Liter Imperial of 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle

Donated by: Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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THE BEST OF MONTREAL

Ristorante Primo e Secondo is a popular eatery in Montreal's Little Italy that attracts a number of famous politicians, businessmen and refined gourmands. Primo e Secondo features a simple, no frills decor and lets the food do all the talking. The minute you walk through the doors and catch a whiff of what's cooking you'll understand why Primo e Secondo has been garnering rave reviews.

Quebec and Canada critics unanimously agree that Europea Restaurant will surprise you with a sampling of “culinary art at its finest.” Fill your senses as you discover the best of Quebec food products, exquisitely prepared by Chef Jérôme Ferrer. Discover a modern and creative cuisine and an attractive wine list in a warm and intimate ambience. Share an unforgettable experience in a unique setting in the heart of downtown. A definite must in Montreal.

Includes:

  • Three night stay for two couples in two deluxe rooms at the Omni Mont-Royal
  • Buffet breakfast at Le Petit Opus Cafe of the Omni Mont-Royal
  • Dinner for four at Primo e Secondo
  • Evening at Europea Restaurant for four including cocktails, small appetizers and tasting menu with wine pairings

Donated by: Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $3,500

 

 

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THE 2004 COLGIN COLLECTION

Colgin Cellars presents this special edition wooden box that holds a rare horizontal of each of the five wines produced from the outstanding 2004 vintage: Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine, IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine and IX Estate Syrah. Simply said, these are exquisite, small production, handcrafted red wines from hillside vineyards in Napa Valley. 

Includes one .750 Liter bottle each of 2004 Colgin Cellars:

  • Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine
  • IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine
  • IX Estate Syrah

Donated by: Colgin Cellars

Winning Bid: $2,800

 

 

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A VISIT TO ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

Visit the caves of Robert Sinskey Vineyard where you will learn about the subtleties of winemaking and the sweat and toil that go into the winegrowing of RSV wines. You will finish the tour with a plate of food prepared by the Vineyard Kitchen and taste through a flight of Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s finest wines.

Includes:

  • Three .750 Liter bottles of 2006 Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red
  • “Cave Raider Tour” for four people

Please note:
- Tour requires a reservation
- Certificate is non-transferable and expires January 2013

Donated by: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Winning Bid: $600

 


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THE LOUIS XIII EXPERIENCE FOR EIGHT

Louis XIII has assembled this unique opportunity to experience the King of Spirit at your home (South FL area) with 8 guests. The evening will start with a Charles Heidsieck Champagne reception served with hors d’oeuvres and then culminate with a Louis XIII Moment guided by the Louis XIII Brand Ambassador, Mathieu Levy. Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie, aged from 40 to 100 years. Since its first release in 1874, it has been the cognac of elite and dignitaries like Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

Includes:

  • Four .750 Liters bottles of Non-Vintage Charles Heidsieck Champagne
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • 1 oz serving of Louis XIII for each guest

Donated by: Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

Winning Bid: $2,400 


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2004 CAKEBREAD

Cakebread's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is clear, dark garnet in color with complex, spicy, cedar-like scents and background aromas of cassis and dark berries. On the palate, the texture is rich and smooth with flavors reminiscent of cassis with a hint of chocolate set in a structure of balanced fruit and tannin. These flavors are confirmed on the finish, which is marked by rich, ripe fruit and discreet impressions of oak and spice.

Includes:

  • Twelve .750 Liter bottles of 2004 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Proprietary Red Wine     

Donated by: Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb

Winning Bid: $2,000

 


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A DUCKHORN EXTRAVAGANZA

Founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven meticulously farmed Estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these Estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings that showcase the characteristics of its various vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs. Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled “The Discussion,” a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend representing the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio in the 2006 vintage.

Includes one Magnum each of:

  • 2010 Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2009 Migration Russain River Valley Chardonnay
  • 2007 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2005 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot
  • 2007 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Estate Grown Napa Red Wine
  • 2006 Paraduxx Napa Red Wine
  • Private lunch for six hosted by Margaret Duckhorn

Donated by: Connie Frankino

Winning Bid: $4,000

 


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AN INCREDIBLE WINE CELLAR DINNER

One of the very few truly subterranean cellars on the island of Palm Beach will be yours for the evening.  Ten guests will enjoy an evening from start to finish of culinary genius accompanied by wines to delight the palate.  

Includes:

  • Dinner for ten in the private wine cellar of David Lambert

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable date between parties
- Valid thru January 2013

Donated by: David Lambert

Winning Bid: $10,000

 


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TIFFANY COLLECTION

For over 170 years, the name Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with romance, style, quality and luxury. Few American companies have such an illustrious history. Their story tells of the celebrities and heads of state who have worn their designs of gold, silver and precious stones; the ground breaking designers who have lent them their vision; and, at the heart of it all, the growth of a true legend into the worldwide jewelry phenomenon.

Chuck Wagner’s Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the stuff that California legends are made of. With its dark purple color, sweet cassis compote flavors and lush, silky texture, this wine absolutely explodes in the mouth with incredible richness and depth. Very simply, this is a mind-boggling wine in every sense of the word.

Includes six Magnums each of:

  • 2005 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Tiffany & Co.

Winning Bid: $7,000

 


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A RARE IMPERIAL OF 2002 CHATEAU LATOUR

“The wine of the vintage? There are only 10,000 cases of this extraordinarily rich, dense 2002 that is as powerful as the 2003 (even the alcohol levels are nearly the same, 12.85%). It is dark ruby/purple to the rim, with notes of English walnuts, crushed rocks, black currants, and forest floor, dense, full-bodied, and opulent, yet classic with spectacular aromatics, marvelous purity, and a full-bodied finish that lasts just over 50+ seconds. Huge richness and the sweetness of the tannins are somewhat deceptive as this wine seems set for a long life. Administrator Frederic Engerer seems to be more pleased with what Latour achieved in 2002 than in any other recent vintage. Hats off to him for an extraordinary accomplishment in a vintage that wouldn’t have been expected to produce the raw materials to achieve something at this level of quality.” Robert M. Parker

Includes:

  • One 6 Liter Imperial of 2002 Latour     

Donated by: Madeline and Roderic Fink

Winning Bid: $5,700

 


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DOMAINE SERENE THE UNDISCOVERED WINE COUNTRY

Experience the pastoral tranquility of Oregon wine country from our luxurious Winery Hill House retreat. This fabulously appointed “home away from home” is the perfect place to start your adventures and the ideal sanctuary at the end of a memorable day among the vines. Situated high atop the Dundee Hills, Oregon’s premiere wine growing region, you will immerse yourself in all that we have to offer, pamper yourself with the very best of this undiscovered wine country, and enjoy life…the Oregon way.

Includes:

  • Three night stay for two couples at the private hideaway on the grounds of the prestigious Domaine Serene Winery
  • A bottle each of the award winning Domaine Serene Chardonnay and Pinot Noir upon arrival
  • A VIP tour of the landmark five-level gravity flow winery

Please note:
Expires January 25, 2013

Donated by:  Domaine Serene

Winning Bid: $4,000

 

 

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LOUIS XIII RÉMY MARTIN GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC

It took thousands to crown Louis XIII King of France. More than four centuries later, a single bottle of the cognac that bears his name still requires nearly 10,000 individuals to produce.

“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it’s a moment.” A moment of pleasure fit for a king. Each hand-crafted Baccarat crystal decanter of Louis XIII contains a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old and requiring the combined expertise of three generations of Cellar Masters. A solid gold collar and signature fleur-de-lys crystal stopper adorn every decanter. Its Baroque-style glass and design recall the grandeur of the Baroque era of King Louis XIII, while its noble taste pleases palates the world over today.

From its form to its finish, Louis XIII Rémy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac is a royal drink indeed.

Includes one bottle of:

  • Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac

Donated by: Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $3,400

 


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CAFÉ BOULUD CHEZ VOUS

An extraordinary five course, seasonal tasting dinner in your Palm Beach area home for up to 12 guests, prepared by Café Boulud’s Chef de Cuisine Jim Leiken and Chef Pâtissier Arnaud Chavigny. As if this weren’t enough, we also are including a few bottles of some great wine to share with your friends. World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud needs no introduction to those who appreciate the absolute best in fine cuisine. His culinary genius is responsible for some of the greatest restaurants in the world today.

Includes:

  • A five course seasonal tasting dinner prepared in your Palm Beach area home for up to twelve guests
  • Consultation with Sommelier, Mariya Kovacheva
  • A case of 2006 Relentless Cabernet Sauvignon

Please note:
- Valid March through November 2012 only and contingent upon the chefs’ availability 
- Wait staff not included and must be provided or paid for by the dinner host/purchaser**
Kitchen equipment and service ware not included and must be provided by dinner host/purchaser**

**While wait staff and equipment rentals are not included, Café Boulud’s Catering Director, Emily Marrah, will be happy to assist you in making arrangements in these areas if you wish. She can be reached at 561.366.4461 or emarrah@danielnyc.com.

Dinner donated by: Café Boulud

Wines donated by: Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $7,000

 

 

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A MINI-CELLAR OF GREAT BORDEAUX

Throw a party for the very best friends you have if you’re the winning bidder for this spectacular lot of great Bordeaux. All of the big names are here from all over the wine world: Château Lafite, Château Latour, Chapoutier, Guigal, Château Troplong Mondot…and on and on.

Includes one .750 Liter each bottle of:

  • 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 1990 Beaune-Bressandes - Henri Germain
  • 1990 Chinon "Les Picasses" - Olga Raffault
  • 1990 Corton Charlemagne - Bonneau du Martray
  • 1990 Hermitage - E. Guigal
  • 1993 Aloxe-Corton Les Vercots - Tollot-Beaut
  • 1993 Ermitage Le Pavillon - Chapoutier
  • 1994 Chambolle-Musigny - J.J. Confuron
  • 1994 Château Clinet
  • 1995 Château Latour
  • 1995 Château Troplong Mondot
  • 2003 Chorey-Cote de Beaune - Tollot-Beaut

Donated by: Margaret and Ed Dudnyk

Winning Bid: $7,500

 


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A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE FOR FOUR AT RUDD VINEYARDS

In 1996 when food and wine entrepreneur, Leslie Rudd, purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, he realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley. Today, the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate's Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Leslie Rudd, we are proud to offer two couples a VIP experience to remember for a lifetime.

Includes:

  • Three nights stay for four (2 double rooms) in Napa Valley
  • Lunch and private tasting at Rudd Oakville Estate
  • Lunch and private tasting at Mt. Veeder Estate
  • Private dinner at Edgehill Estates
  • Wines specially selected by Leslie Rudd

Donated by: Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

Winning Bid: $7,500

 


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MANDES MANDATE I

When PBWA Chairman, Ted Mandes, talks you should listen. For years now, he’s been advising that one of the greatest undiscovered treasures in the wine world is Ed and Trish Snider’s Beau Vigne. Well, let’s say the cat’s out of the bag and, unless you were hatched on another planet, you now know all about these fantastic wines. In fact, when none other than Robert Parker tasted them, he was just floored. “This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a striking purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention. They all come from a small nine-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap appellation.”

“There is a purity and richness to this bottling I absolutely love.  The deep red color is fantastic and is ever so inviting.  This is the widest mélange of fruit and character in the profound Beau Vigne lineup.  This wine lives up to its position of a Reserve.  The nose begins as brooding of black fruit but shortly builds to include lively mountain terroir.  What is “mountain terroir?”  It is the racy and complex array of red fruit that shows itself in higher elevations.  In support of the fruit is warmth from barrel vanillin, espresso ice cream and biscotti center.  The notes of confection on the nose are amazing.  The palate drinks of youth with absolute potential.  Driven by dried herbs, forest and tobacco notes, black berry and black stone fruit surface right through to the front of the palate.  The balance of this wine sits high.  In its youth, it is nervy and complex with a huge future ahead.  The tannins of this mountain based cabernet could use a decade to yield.  The day that time comes, there will be bliss.  But for those who consume this wine at a young age, you will definitely not be disappointed.  Cellared well, this wine should survive and drink well into its late teens or even twenties (+2028). 100% Cabernet Sauvignon” Kirk Venge, Beau Vigne

Includes:

  • One specially boxed Magnum of 2009 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 

Donated by: Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

Winning Bid: $1,200

 


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MANDES MANDATE II – BIGGER IS EVEN BETTER

Includes:

  • One specially boxed Double Magnum of 2009 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon     

Donated by: Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

Winning Bid: $2,400

 


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A UNIQUE VISIT TO PETER MICHAEL WINERY

In 1982, Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Given this commitment to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be made.

Includes:

  • A two night stay at the Peter Michael Winery guest house for four people
  • A private tour and tasting for four people
  • Two Magnums of 2006 Les Pavots Red Blend
  • Two Magnums of 2007 Cuvée Indigene Chardonnay   

Donated by: Suzanne and Paul Beers

Winning Bid: $5,000

 


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SWITCHBACK RIDGE

Unless you’d rather wither on a five year waiting list vine behind 3,000 other Switchback-deprived Cabernet lovers, here’s an opportunity to not only be taken on a private limo, EZ Pass ride right up to the front of the priority “short” list, but to also have some of their amazing wines sent directly to your door for the trip, and in rare bottles you’ve never seen before, like Magnums and a rare Six-Liter bottle. Switchback Ridge fruit produces intensely flavored wines with explosive, palate-coating fruit and is sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson family since 1914 and encompasses nearly 100 acres located at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. For over 75 years the property was primarily maintained as a farm and plum orchard, with vines intermingled amongst the trees. In 1990, the orchards were replanted to vineyard, where there are currently 19 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah vines, in addition to a three acre 50+ year old Petite Syrah block that John Peterson helped plant as a child. Kelly Peterson manages the estate now and has turned it into one of the most well regarded in all of Napa Valley.

Bob Foley is the wine maker, and what a wine maker he is. He began his career in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as the founding winemaker. Today he continues to focus on his own Robert Foley Wines in addition to Hourglass and, of course, Switchback Ridge.

Includes:

  • One 6 Liter bottle of 2009 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Three Magnums of 2009 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Six .750 Liter bottles of 2009 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon   

Donated by: Jane M. Mitchell

Winning Bid: $4,800

 


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NAIL BAY ESTATES & RESORT VACATION

Experience what was once a 19th century sugar plantation and is today the distinctive 148-acre Nail Bay Estates and Resort. Perched on a hillside and framed by three private beaches, this Virgin Gorda resort is situated in the heart of the British Virgin Islands.  This resort captures the antidote to urban life - from a collection of private villas and charming suites, to breathtaking ocean views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, with affordable luxury to invite guests year after year.

The Full Circle Villa is right on a heavenly stretch of white sand beach with your front yard a 180-degree expanse of sparkling turquoise sea, this fabulous contemporary villa with a large swimming pool and jacuzzi is a unique vacation delight. Full Circle is built as three totally private air-conditioned pavilions, offering three king bedroom/bath suites, a spacious Great Room with ample kitchen, and the heart of this house, an open-air thatched pavilion directly on the beach for alfresco dining, cocktails and seaside conversation. The dining area looks out to Full Circle's gardens and to fascinating old stone and brick ruins from plantation days gone by.

Includes:

  • 7-days/6-nights for two in the Full Circle Villa at Nail Bay Resort, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  • Airport R/T transfers with meet and greet service (Tortola’s Beef Island Airport, Code EIS)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily for two persons (excludes alcoholic beverages)
  • Cooking demo activity (1) per stay
  • Massage for two persons per stay (60 mins ea.)
  • Use of resort amenities (pools, tennis, two private beaches, bocce & croquet)
  • Includes resort service charges and taxes

Important Conditions
- Valid until 1-25-2013.  Blackout dates are 12-16-2012 to 1-20-2013
- Valid for two persons on double occupancy and is subject to availability. 
- Excludes incidental charges, airport departure tax, international/regional flights or travel insurance. Resort credits are per stay for the usage amount with no refund on unused portion.

Donated by: Nail Bay Estates & Resort, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Winning Bid: $6,200

 

 

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MUSIC TO YOUR EARS AND TO YOUR PALATE

Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2006
The patience to leave Arietta’s Syrah on the vine until the end of October was a key factor in the creation of the richest, most harmonious Arietta Red Wine Variation One ever produced. The Arietta Red Wine Variation One 2006 is a generous, complex and exciting wine, unique in its blend and flavor profile, and not to be missed. Critic Stephen Tanzer writes: "Wild aromas of mocha, graphite and game, with a complicating note of roasted nuts. Sweet, plush and seamless, but with excellent energy to the layered black fruit flavors. This comes across as remarkably vibrant for a wine with a pH of 3.9. Finishes with building but very fine tannins and excellent length."

Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyards 2006
The majestic 2006 Arietta H Block reverts to its typical blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. The breadth and ripe fruit of the wine will make it relatively flattering to drink while young, but tremendous stuffing and depth will promote development in the bottle for fifteen years, at least. Critic Stephen Tanzer notes: "Good deep ruby. Black raspberry, mocha and menthol on the nose. Sweet, creamy and densely packed, with rather wild flavors of raspberry, mocha, game and tobacco. Structured, backward wine with terrific length. The building tannins show full ripeness."

Includes one Magnum each of:

  • 2006 Arietta Variation One
  • 2006 Arietta H Block 

Donated by: Rochelle and Craig Menin, Menin Development, Inc.

Winning Bid: $1,000

 

 

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CULINARY WEEKEND FOR TWO

You and a special guest will head to Washington, DC, and Frederick, Maryland, for a culinary adventure you will not forget!

Friday night you will have dinner at Graffiato where Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food she grew up eating prepared by her Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery.

Saturday night you will dine at RJ Cooper’s latest adventure, Rouge 24, for a wine-paired 24 course dinner with truffles. Rouge 24 is an interactive culinary experience where the kitchen is at center stage and diners experience a progression of 24 courses. Chef Cooper’s vision is to remove traditional barriers to dining and showcase seasonal flavors in novel textures and presentations served directly from the creators. Chef Cooper will treat you to a personal tour of the kitchen and spend time with the guests discussing the evening’s courses and pairing ingredients.

Sunday night you will head to Frederick, Maryland, and enjoy a wine-paired dinner at Volt, where exceptional dining awaits. Quartered within a spectacular 19th century brownstone mansion, the restaurant’s distinctive ambiance combines Victorian elegance with contemporary, urban sophistication. Chef Bryan Voltaggio is at the forefront of a generation of chefs who are reinventing American cooking through a commitment to farm-to-table cuisine.

Includes:

  • Dinner for two at Graffiato
  • A 24 course wine-paired dinner with truffles for two at Rouge 24  
  • Dinner for two at Volt

Please note:
Mutually agreeable dates
- Must be used by October 30, 2012
- Taxes and gratuities are not included
- Does not include travel

Donated by: Jennifer and Zach Bell

Winning Bid: $2,800

 


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THE GREAT POL ROGER CHAMPAGNE

“Distinction and Elegance:” Pol Roger is the “Gentlemen's” Champagne as written in Voyage en Champagne. It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill and even the British Royal Family should have made it their favorite over the years. This refinement reflects a whole lifestyle and is also a source of infinite pleasure. Truly, this is one of the greatest Champagnes in the world, period.

Includes four .750 Liter bottles each of:

  • 1999 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
  • 2002 Pol Roger Vintage Rosé
  • 2000 Pol Roger Vintage Brut    

Donated by: Frederick Wildman & Sons

Winning Bid: $2,400

 


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MAGNUM OPUS

Bring a bit of The Breakers to your home when Master Sommelier, Virginia Philip, and Executive Chef, Jeff Simms, come to your home to do a five course wine and small plate tasting for eight. What a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the magic world of fine wine.

Includes:

  • Five course wine and small plate tasting for eight in your home with Chef Jeff Simms
  • Wines by Master Sommelier Virginia Philip

Please note:
- Valid until January 25, 2013
- Must be scheduled subject to the availability of Ms. Philip and Chef Simms

Donated by: The Breakers

Winning Bid: $4,800

 


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A CHANCE TO FINALLY WIN THE TRIFECTA

Good things always happen in threes and Trifecta Wines was created following the Nyárády family’s win-win-win philosophy - our wine, our family, and you the wine enthusiast. Founded in Saint Helena in the Napa Valley, Trifecta has been producing distinctive, hand-made, small batch Cabernet Sauvignon since 2001 under the direction of winemaker Bill Ballentine. While most wine is sold by allocation only, the Nyárády family has been fortunate to be able to make their wines available for select important charities to help raise the funds for important causes that they believe in and support. This happens to be one of them.

Includes:

  • One Magnum of 2007 Trifecta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • One Magnum of 2008 Trifecta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • Six .750 Liter bottles of 2008 Trifecta Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • Six .750 Liter bottles of 2008 Trifecta Pinor Noir Russian River Valley

Donated by: Trifecta Cellars & Wine

Winning Bid: $1,500

 

 

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NAPA VALLEY FESTIVAL DEL SOLE

Set among lush rolling foothills and breathtaking vineyard landscapes, Napa Valley Festival del Sole brings together the best in music, dance, fine wine and cuisine. The Napa Valley Opera House is partnering with Festival del Sole to offer three days at this world-class performing arts extravaganza.

Includes:

  • Four nights for two at Bardessono luxury hotel in Yountville
  • Lunch at Angèle, serving bistro fare on Napa’s downtown riverfront 
  • Two VIP passes for three days at Napa Valley Festival del Sole. You may choose the opening or closing weekend of the Festival

Opening Weekend, Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15:

  • Opening Night Gala at Castello di Amorosa, with mezzo soprano Susan Graham and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, dinner in the Barrel Room
  • Reception, dinner, and performance of 24 Hour Plays at Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Annual Festival Gala, with fine wine, special performances and auction of one-of-a-kind lifestyle lots, at the legendary Meadowood Napa Valley
  • Two vintner lunches, locations to be announced

Closing Weekend, Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22:

  • Dance Gala with the Russian National Orchestra, dancers Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, and an ensemble from the Bolshoi Theatre for an evening of pas de deux, one-act ballets, and the U.S. debut of Gordon Getty's The Oath of Ushers; dinner at private residence
  • A glorious evening at Far Niente winery, with dinner, fine wine and a concert featuring Joshua Bell and Danielle DeNiese
  • Closing night with the Russian National Orchestra, joined by violinist, Joshua Bell, pianist, Helene Grimaud and composer, Daniel Brewbaker, with dinner at Cardinale winery
  • Vintner's lunch at Tamber Bey Vineyards guest house
  • Two additional vintner's lunches, locations to be announced

Please note:
Events listed above are tentative; locations and final scheduling details will be available soon at festivaldelsole.org/events/.
- Must make selection of opening or closing weekend by February 25, 2012

Donated by:
Chris N. Kritikos
Napa Valley Opera House

Pepper and Michael Jackson
Festival del Sole
Angèle

Winning Bid: $5,500

 


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RARE RUDD

“A monumental wine in the making, the 2007 Proprietary Red Oakville Estate (1,370 cases composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot) displays earthy, blackberry, and black currant fruit notes intermixed with espresso roast, camphor, acacia flowers, and graphite. This stunningly fragrant, full-bodied red hits the palate with a cascade of lavish fruit as well as admirably integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood. Readers will notice new, elegant labels reflecting proprietor Leslie Rudd's holy grail quest to make wines that compete with the finest in the tenderloin of Napa's Cabernet country, the Oakville Corridor. As I stated last year, Rudd has the superstars of viticulture and winemaking consulting, David Abreu and Michel Rolland respectively, working with the talented Bill Vyenielo, the viticultural manager who was formerly at Peter Michael, and new winemakers, Rebekah Wineburg and Pat Sullivan, the brother of Mike Sullivan who did such great things at Hartford Court. Their influence is especially noticeable with the final blends of the 2006 reds and the making of the 2007s.”   Robert M. Parker

Includes:

  • One 6 Liter bottle of  2007 Rudd Oakville Estate Cabernet      

Donated by: Annie and Roger Warwick

Winning Bid: $3,200

 


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FIVE-COURSE DINNER IN YOUR HOME FOR 10 PREPARED BY CHEF CLAY CONLEY

The South Florida Rising Star Chef Award 2008 winner, Clay Conley, has already logged in two decades of experience in all aspects of the restaurant industry. Conley started washing dishes at age 13 and fell in love with the atmosphere of the kitchen; he eventually found his way into Todd English’s kitchen and it was all up (and around the world) from there.

During his 10 years with the Olives Group, Conley worked in Boston, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and Tokyo, eventually becoming the culinary director for all 18 of English’s restaurants at age 29. In 2005, he moved to the Mandarin Oriental in Miami and took over Azul, the hotel’s elegant, waterfront fine dining restaurant, where he brought the ingredients and techniques of his global experience together in his eclectic menu. Chef Conley draws culinary influences from his surroundings (an Indian exchange student living with him inspired his yogurt-marinated swordfish) and nearly every dish has a story behind it.

Invite nine of your friends over for dinner without even turning on the oven yourself! Chef Clay Conley will come to your home and cook a five-course meal. He’ll have to leave your kitchen eventually, but your palate will never be the same.

Includes:

  • A five course dinner for ten prepared in your home by Chef Clay Conley

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable date to be used by October 30, 2012
- Beverages not included
- Dinner to take place within 45 miles of Buccan Restaurant in Palm Beach

Donated by:
Henni and John Kessler
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein

Winning Bid: $5,400

 

 

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THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION

What’s there to say about a gentleman who takes his passions all the way? Guy La Ferrera loves fine clothing and fine wine so why not open shops to celebrate both. Well, that’s exactly what he did. Here’s just a sampling of some molto bene Bordeaux from his wine shop. Bravo!

Includes:

  • Two bottles of 1990 Château l'Enclos
  • One bottle of 1996 Château Grand Puy Lacoste
  • One bottle of 1998 Château Clos de l'Oratoire
  • One bottle of 1998 Château Clerc Milon
  • One bottle of 1995 Château Ponet Canet
  • One bottle of 1996 Château Mouton Rothschild
  • One bottle of 1996 Château Lagrange
  • One bottle of 1995 Château Lynch Bages
  • One bottle of 1996 Château Pichon-Lalande
  • One bottle of 1996 Château Cos d’Estournel
  • One bottle of 1995 Château Bellefont-Belcier

Please note that all bottles are .750 Liter

Donated by: Guy La Ferrera, Proprietor of Guy La Ferrera Italian Clothing for Men and Guy’s Wines of Boca Raton

Winning Bid: $3,500

 


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THE LOUIS XIII CONNOISSEUR’S JOURNEY

Here’s an absolutely fantastic interactive visit for two at Rémy Martin in the heart of Cognac, France.

“A great experience for any Cognac (or wine lover) that began with a private tour of the cellars of Remy Martin, a lesson in distillation, then a tasting of the selection of Remy Martin Cognacs paired with bites from their in-house chef. The visit continued with a barrel tasting of Louis XIII with Deputy Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau. After the tour they opened the Remy shop for us so that we could buy hard to find cognacs that aren't available in the US. The highlight was the candlelit dinner in the private distillery next to the owner of Remy Martin's chateau prepared by the chef just for us accompanied by fantastic wines from the cellar and capped off with what else...Louis XIII.” Jill Sloane, recipient of last year’s lot

Includes:

  • Discovery of our vineyards in the Grand Champagne, “Champetre” breakfast.
  • The wine making and the distillation in the heart of our distillery in Touzac accompanied by the master distiller. Olfactive discovery of young eaux-de-vie
  • “Traditional” lunch in our distillery’s dining room
  • Visit of the Merpins Estate, production site of Rémy Martin cognac at different stages of aging at the House or Rémy Martin in Cognac
  • Private access to our “Reference Room” which shelters a part of our Louis XIII cognac heritage
  • Tasting of Louis XIII in private lounge. Formal service including designs by Christophe Pillet
  • Departure to Saint-Même-les-Carrières in the Grand Champagne, discovery of the family property “Le Grollet,” cradle of Louis XIII cognac
  • Visit to Louis XIII cellar

Donated by: Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

Winning Bid: $1,600

 


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SPECIAL BEAU VIGNE

Ed and Trish Snider are the owners of Beau Vigne. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Ed was the head football coach for St. Helena High School located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Among the young men he coached at St. Helena, was the winemaker for Beau Vigne, Kirk Venge. He is a crafty winemaker who has been around vineyards and wineries his entire life. His father, Nils Venge, is an icon in the wine world who always had his son, Kirk, either in a winery or in a vineyard. To Kirk’s credit, he has polished his own skill set and reputation as one of the finest wine makers in the Napa Valley. Beau Vigne is very excited about their new relationship with Kirk.

The Sniders bought the property in 2002 and named the ranch Stags Ridge Vineyard, a vista overlooking Stags Leap. Stags Ridge is now over eight acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot (Trish's Garden). Stags Ridge Vineyard sits at about 1,350 feet altitude in the Atlas Peak appellation on the eastern edge of Napa. Stag’s Ridge has become known as a unique vineyard recognized in the valley as a very special place.

Includes:

  • A .750 Liter vertical of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 Beau Vigne in a special wood box

Donated by: Trish and Ed Snider

Winning Bid: $1,000

 

 

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TOUR FOR FOUR IN BURGUNDY WITH ALEX GAMBAL

Alex Gambal, one of the few Americans making wine in Burgundy and the very first to own a Grand Cru vineyard, will greet you at his historic winery in the heart of Beaune. He will give you and three of your guests a tour of his cuverie and an explanation of the wine making process. You will then taste his wines developing in the barrel as well as the finished product from the bottle. You will also receive a tour of Alex’s vineyards to see the Côte de Beaune and the unique ‘terroir’ distinctions between Village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru. 

Includes:

  • “A Master Class/Tour – Insiders Burgundy” for up to four people
  • Lunch with Alex Gambal

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable time and date of tours/tasting/lunch to be determined between recipient and donor. 

Donated by: Alex Gambal

Winning Bid: $1,500

 


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DINNER FOR TEN AT TREVINI

When you’re craving classic Italian cuisine with an artful touch of class, Trevini Ristorante is your go-to destination. This classic Palm Beach restaurant serves up a menu of high quality Italian favorites seven days a week and is always a sought after destination for the Palm Beach glitterati. Trevini just recently opened up in the former Coco Asian Bistro location at 290 Sunset Ave, Palm Beach. The new restaurant is charming whether dining inside or al fresco in the courtyard. 

Includes:

  • Dinner for ten at Trevini Ristorante
  • One .750 Liter bottle of 1977 Chateau d'Yquem    
  • One Magnum of 2007 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dinner donated by Gianni Minervini – Owner/Proprietor Trevini Ristorante

Wines donated by: Jane Mitchell

Winning Bid: $3,800

 

 

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TUSCAN ROMANCE V.I.P. VISIT AND STAY FOR TWO AT CASTELLO BANFI

Castello Banfi is a rarity among Italian wine estates, not just because of its size (some 7,100 acres, of which around 2,400 are planted with vines), its composition of single vineyards, or its state-of-the-art winery, but because it was started from scratch less than 20 years ago. A medieval castle towering above mountainous forests and lush, rolling vineyards expresses the speechless poetry of Montalcino, and endows Castello Banfi's wines with more than a millennium of history and romance. For countless thousands of visitors the castle offers a museum of wine and glass dedicated to Banfi's founder, Giovanni F. Mariani. Central to the property is a medieval castle meticulously restored as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at the Taverna Banfi for lunches and dinners of traditional local dishes, and its enoteca-cum-wine bar serving tasting plates of artisan regional breads, cheeses and salumi to pair with a selection of estate wines by the glass. For those wishing to linger and be nurtured by our Tuscan hospitality, a limited number of luxury rooms and suites are available at Castello Banfi – Il Borgo, a hillside hamlet nestled alongside the castle keep.

Includes:

  • Tasting at Castello Banfi – L’Enoteca
  • Private Tour of the Castello Banfi Winery, Glass Museum and Balsameria
  • Five-Course Wine Pairing Dinner for two at Castello Banfi – La Taverna
  • Two Nights Stay for one couple at Castello Banfi – Il Borgo in the vineyard

Please note:
- Airfare and ground transportation are not included
- Dates and venues subject to availability
- Blackout dates include November 2011 – March 2012
- Visit must take place by November 1, 2012

Donated by: Castello Banfi

Winning Bid: $3,000

 


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REALLY RARE RUDD

Rudd winery was established in 1996, when Leslie Rudd purchased the 54-acre estate in Oakville. Since the purchase, Mr. Rudd has made extensive renovations to the property, to include a complete replanting of the vineyards to close-spaced, red Bordeaux varietals and the expansion and renovation of the winery, including custom-designed tanks and a gentle, gravity-flow system. In addition, 22,000 square feet of caves have been dug below the winery to provide ideal aging conditions. In April 2002, Charles Thomas joined the Rudd team as Director of Vineyards and Winemaking. Charles brings to Rudd over 25 years of winemaking and vineyard experience.

“The flagship wine, the 2007 Proprietary Red from Oakville is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. A prodigious effort, it boasts a dense purple color along with gorgeously complex aromatics reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of a first-growth Pauillac and a top Graves. Notes of burning embers, forest floor, creme de cassis, blackberries, espresso, and a hint of chocolate soar from the glass of this full-bodied, well-delineated, structured wine with tremendous depth and texture. This awesome red is a future legend in the making. Give it 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 30-35 years.” Robert M. Parker

Includes:

  • One (of only two made) 9 Liter bottle 2007 Rudd Oakville Estate Cabernet        

Donated by: Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $5,200

 


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IN VOGUE VOGÜÉ

Here is a collection of Comte de Vogüé magnums we guarantee will put some lead in your cellar pencil:

“The medium to dark ruby-colored 2002 Chambolle-Musigny reveals dark cherry aromas as well as a medium-bodied, satin-textured personality. Armed with awesome depth, it is expansive, powerful, yet refined and well-structured. Mocha-laced jammy black fruits can be found throughout its expressive character as well as in its long, sweet, velvety finish.” Robert M. Parker

“Magnificent aromas of red and black cherries are found in the nose of the 2003 Chambolle-Musigny. Medium-bodied and satin-textured on the attack, it unleashes sweet red cherries, plums, and blueberries before displaying some dryness in its tannin-packed finish that will require patience.” Robert M. Parker

“The expressive and high-toned nose is quite ripe with absolutely no trace of herb or forest floor, running instead to ripe raspberry and cherry coulis and this sense of concentrated fruit essence continues onto the delicious, rich, complex and vibrant flavors that culminate in an energetic, fresh and driving finish. This is suffused by minerality and this coupled with the superb detail confers a precise but not austere character to the flavors and finish. A strikingly good effort for the vintage that is worth a look.” Allen Meadows

Includes three Magnums each of:

  • 2002 Comte de Vogüé Chambolle Musigny
  • 2003 Comte de Vogüé Chambolle Musigny
  • 2004 Comte de Vogüé Chambolle Musigny

Donated by: Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $3,400

 

 

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MUGNERET MAGNUMS

Marie-Andrée Mugneret described 2005 as a "vintage where I have never seen such good fruit. The summer wasn't especially hot but there was really good luminosity, which contributes to the superb acid/fruit balance.”

“If you're for whatever reason not familiar with the Mugneret wines, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted, even with the Bourgogne as it is consistently one of the very best in all of Burgundy.” Allen Meadows

Includes one Magnum each of Mugneret:

  • 2005 Echézeaux
  • 2005 Nuits St. Georges Aux Boudots
  • 2005 Vosne Romanée Les Suchots
  • 2002 Clos Vougeot
  • 2002 Ruchottes-Chambertin
  • 2002 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

Donated by: Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $2,600

                                     


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POTENT POTEL

The Charmes-Chambertin of Nicolas Potel is truly some of the very best in all of Burgundy. It is always a richly endowed and silky wine with a velvety texture that more than literally just melts in the mouth.

“Nicolas Potel consistently favors promoting ripeness at low potential alcohol and consistently eschews chaptalization. He is also a fan of freshness and clarity in Pinot, while maintaining notably low levels of sulfur.” Robert M. Parker

Includes six Magnums of:

  • 2001 Maison Nicolas Potel Charmes-Chambertin

Donated by: Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $3,200