2008 Lot Catalogue

The 2008 Palm Beach Wine Auction was held on March 12, 2008 at The Breakers Palm Beach.  The following is the lot catalogue for the 2008 Palm Beach Wine Auction. 

We can’t put into words how very privileged we feel to be able to present this monumental prize to you tonight—three rare magnums and two bottles of 2003 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine. Bill Harlan had a vision. He was determined to produce a California First Growth. Together with wine maker Bob Levy and famed French consultant Michel Roland, Bill produces one of the most profound wines in the world. His wines possess all of the elements of greatness—individuality, power, elegance, unbelievable complexity, unique aging potential, and richness of extract. Having achieved cult status from the very start, this 2003 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine continues to seek higher levels of perfection.

Here’s what Robert Parker had to say about this incredible wine:

“The bottled 2003 Harlan Estate is as good, or even better, than I had hoped. With a dark ruby/purple color, silky tannins, and abundant quantities of licorice, graphite, chocolate, espresso, black currant, truffle, and earthy characteristics, it comes across like a hypothetical blend of a top-notch Pauillac and Graves. Superb texture, low acidity, and gorgeous purity as well as richness suggest it will drink well for two decades or more.”

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. First paddle with the highest bid to cross the finish line ... wins.

Three magnums of 2003 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine
Two bottles of 2003 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine

Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Ms. Linda Costello
Winning Bid: $7,000


Their perfume is intoxicating, their velvety textures are inimitable, their spice bazaar flavors are unmistakable and their everlasting finishes are unforgettable. We can only be talking about the wines of one domaine. Yes, it can only be the Domaine de la Romanée Conti. The wines, the mystique, the legend. Tonight we offer you three unbelievable magnums of their 2003 Echézeaux. There’s really just no more to say, is there? These wines speak very clearly for themselves, and they say, “Ooh, la–la.”
“Unquestionably the finest Echézeaux I have encountered from this famed estate, the 2003 explodes from the glass with candied raspberries, violet, and red cherries. Stunningly marrying elegance with richness and density, this medium-to full–bodied wine is ample, pure, and velvety textured. Loads of sweet red fruits are found in its persistent, sensual character.” – Robert Parker

Three magnums of 2003 Domaine de la Romanée Conti Echézeaux
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Winning Bid: $10,000


Ever wonder what it would be like to be able to see tomorrow’s newspaper today? Well, now’s your chance. Forget trying to figure out which way the wind is going to blow your hard earned money when you put it into the stock market. We promise, no, guarantee you that this bottle will be worth double the opening bid price in just a few years. No need to pinch yourself because you’re not dreaming. Buying this bottle may just be the smartest investment you’ll ever make. Period. End of story.
“Made in an ethereal style, the 2005 Lafite is composed of nearly 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, just under 11% Merlot, and a tiny fraction of Petit Verdot. It is a deep, structured, linear style of Lafite Rothschild that is in total contrast to the opulence and extravagant richness of the 2003 and the bold, dramatic power of the 2000. The dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2005 offers up scents of graphite, flowers, crushed rocks, and loads of berry fruit. Medium-bodied and sweet with high tannin, it represents the quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. Another brilliant effort made under the auspices of administrator Charles Chevalier, it should be at its finest between 2015 and 2050.” – Robert Parker

One Imperial of 2005 Lafite Rothschild
Donated by:
Michael and Suzanne Ainslie
Winning Bid: $11,500


Unless you were hatched from an egg on another planet, you’ve heard the name Screaming Eagle. Yes, this is the California wine that everyone’s heard about but no one can find. Indiana Jones searching for the Holy Grail in the Temple of Doom was child’s play compared to trying to find a bottle of this wine. Well, hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen because we have found not one, but three of these unbelievably rare bottles, and in their own, original special wood presentation case no less. You know, when you stop for a second and think about it, this is really an absolutely incredible auction. Where else in the world would you find the caliber of wines we’ve assembled for you tonight? Truly, it’s not unrealistic at all to suggest that these astounding bottles are as much a historical treasure as they are a vinous one.
Truly amazing!

Three bottles of 2004 Screaming Eagle in the original wood presentation box
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Winning Bid: $10,000


2002 .75 ML
Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes
Winning Bid: $4,500


Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner on the family’s Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special Selection — from outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon lots given extended barrel aging — was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon every year since its founding, and now focuses entirely on this variety. Production has remained at the same level since the 1989 vintage. The Wagners took the name Caymus from the Mexican land grant known as Rancho Caymus, given to George Yount in 1836, which included what eventually became the town of Rutherford and much of the surrounding area. (Caymus was also the name of a subgroup of Mishewal-Wappo Indians whose village was north of what is now the town of Yountville.) The winery’s 60-plus acres of estate Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley’s Rutherford District continue to form the foundation of Caymus Cabernets. The Wagners also farm several other vineyards in the Napa Valley, ranging in location from the valley floor to mountain slopes. 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, let alone in the rare magnum bottles we offer you tonight.

Three magnums of 1999 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
One magnum of 2000 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
One magnum of 2001 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
One magnum of 2002 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
One magnum of 2003 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Cindy and Ted Mandes
Winning Bid: $5,500


We went to the mat to get these bottles for you. How’d you like to own almost a full case of one of the rarest wines on the planet? Its very name strikes fear in mere mortals who think they can just walk into their local wine shop and find a bottle on the sale rack. That’s right. We’re talking about the great wines of Colgin. The beauty and the brains behind Colgin, one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries, is Ann Barry Colgin. You’ve seen her picture and you’ve read about her and her wines in every wine publication. She has helped forge a world-renowned reputation for California’s small production, hand-crafted red wines. The Colgin Cellars’ intensely endowed wines are produced from exceptional hillside vineyards in the St. Helena area of Napa Valley. These unique sites, coupled with the highest quality vineyard management and neo-classical winemaking techniques, produce wines with distinctive personalities. Founded in 1992, Colgin Cellars produces five wines: Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine, IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine and IX Estate Syrah. These highly sought-after wines are available only through mailing lists and select restaurant lists. This lot is a slam dunk, folks. Don’t get counted out before you give it your very best shot.

Six bottles of 1999 Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2003 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine
One bottle of 2003 Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2003 Colgin Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2004 Colgin IX Estate Proprietary Red
One bottle of 2003 Colgin IX Estate Syrah
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Joan and Dr. Michael Schweitz
Winning Bid: $6,000


Break out the balloons and the party hats. Have we got the basket of cheer of your dreams for you. Yquem, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Palmer, Léoville Las Cases, all names that represent the very best of Bordeaux. And they can be yours with nothing
more than a generous bid. Start with the Léoville Las Cases and then move on to the Palmer before climbing to the pinnacle of wine lore, to Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, and then Yquem.

Includes one bottle each of:
1995 Léoville Las Cases
1989 Margaux
1998 Mouton Rothschild
1989 Palmer
1980 Yquem
Donated by:
Jennifer and Ed Dudnyk
Winning Bid: $7,500


Here’s a great lot of wonderful California wines. They’re all here. All of those wines you’ve read about in the wine journals that the critics say are not only great, but affordable. Dunn, Caymus, Dominus, Paloma. You have no excuse now not to put that paddle of yours to charitable use. At our opening bid, this is about as affordable as it’s gonna get tonight for almost a case of delicious wine.
Includes one bottle each of:
1986 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
1987 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia
1991 Dominus
1992 Chateau Montelena
1994 Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon
1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia
1999 Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Paloma Merlot – Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year”
Donated by:
Jennifer and Ed Dudnyk
Winning Bid: $3,800


And, as if this weren’t enough, we also are including a few bottles of some great wine to share with your friends.* Whether you go to Café Boulud or Café Boulud comes to you, 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. His executive chef at Café Boulud, Zach Bell, together with Zach’s wife, Jennifer Reed, the pastry chef at Café Boulud, have the same engaging flair and, of course, the same unparalleled skills that place them at the top of the list of great chefs. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer you this wonderful opportunity.
Includes dinner for 12 at Café Boulud or dinner in your home catered by Café Boulud and one bottle each of:
1980 Ridge Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon
1981 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
1984 Graham’s Vintage Port
1988 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
1988 Barardenga Chianti Classico Riserva
1989 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
1992 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia
1994 Tinto Pesquera
1996 Clarendon Hills Old Vines Grenache
* Please be sure to consult with the restaurant before taking any wine.
Donated by:
Dinner by Café Boulud
Wines by Jennifer and Ed Dudnyk
Winning Bid: $12,000


How about some of Bart Araujo’s great Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to go with your arroz con pollo? Daphne and Bart Araujo have taken this property and built it into a world-class winery and vineyard operation. They produce a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon that is rated among the very best in California every year. No five-year wait on the mailing list necessary here tonight though, just a generous bid. The salsa’s on us.
Includes one bottle each of:
1995 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
1996 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
2000 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Ms. Linda Costello
Winning Bid: $4,500


The wines of Stuart Sloan are, in a word, spectacular. With aromas of melted licorice, mocha, blackberry, cassis, barbecue spice, and sweet chocolate, these are reference point wines that are the hallmark of the very best that California can be. Here’s what critic Robert Parker has to say about this great winery:
“Talk about coming out with a Big Bang! Stuart Sloan, the Seattle businessman, has hit both gold and home runs with his extraordinary vineyard perched high on a hill above the renowned restaurant/hotel complex of Auberge du Soleil. A 60-acre estate only partially planted in vines, with David Abreu handling the viticulture and Martha Levy (wife of Harlan Estates’ Bob Levy) making the wine, this is as impressive a new operation as I have ever witnessed.”

Includes one bottle each of:
2002 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Ms. Linda Costello
Winning Bid: $2,400


OK everybody, last chance tonight to get in on the first floor of the 2005 Bordeaux elevator ride. Here’s yet another Imperial, this time of the legendary Mouton Rothschild.
So, if you were outbid for the Lafite we sold earlier, better be sure to read our auctioneer’s notes below and get ready to give this one your best shot. This may very well be the best Mouton ever made. Period.
Here is what our auctioneer, Michael Troise, said about this magnificent vintage: 
“The Inevitable Question – Just how good are these young 2005 Bordeaux and what vintages might they be compared to? Are they as great as the legendary 20th century vintages of 1928, 1929, 1945, 1947, 1961 or, most recently 1982, 1990 or 2000?
The Answer – Based on the quality of the barrel samples I tasted in Bordeaux last April, I remain completely confident that, across all of the appellations, the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux will clearly be better than all but the latter of these legendary vintages and be at least as good as 2000, if not better, although extremely different in style. In fact, most of the chåteau owners I spoke with said that their 2005s were the best they ever made.
The Strategy – As was predictable, opening prices for these historic wines were the highest in history, yes, even higher than in 2000... much higher. So, what to do? Buy as much of these few great wines as you can afford, buy them in the biggest bottles you can (the bigger the rarer)... and buy them now, because once they’re bottled during the spring of 2009, it’ll be too late. It may be lifetimes before another growing season like that of 2005 comes along, if ever. Almost certainly though, wines with these qualities will probably never be made again!”

One Imperial of 2005 Mouton Rothschild
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Winning Bid: $10,000


The wines of Dick Grace need no introduction. Ever since the Grace Family Vineyard
produced its first Cabernet in 1978 from two-year-old vines on a tiny one-acre plot in
St. Helena, it has become a Napa Valley sensation. Each new vintage of this incredible wine has been the stuff from which legends are made, let alone in the super rare double magnum bottle we offer tonight. Unless you happen to be a very lucky mailing list subscriber, this may be your only chance to grab this golden ring.

One double magnum of 2002 Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Ms. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein
Winning Bid: $2,800


Tonight, it is with extreme pleasure that we proudly offer you a 12-year vertical of a
truly great wine. Here is what critic Robert Parker says:
“From one of California’s most experienced Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers,
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon possesses an inky/purple color as well as a restrained,
but sweet bouquet of blackberries intermixed with hints of new saddle leather
and crushed rocks. Firmly structured, with a steely spine, exuberant, rich fruit,
and a powerful, highly tannic finish, it should be cellared for 7 to 8 years, and
drunk over the following two decades. An interesting point of trivia is that Randy
Dunn’s production of approximately 4,000 cases per year of Napa and Howell
Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon has not changed since the winery’s inception...
somewhat refreshing in view of the American cultural tendency to think that
‘bigger is better.’ ” – Robert Parker

Sounds like a Dunn deal you won’t want to miss!

12 bottles of Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub
Winning Bid: $3,800


When Ted Mandes wants something, he knows how to get it. He doesn’t sit around
on his porch watching the world go by wishing he could get hold of some of Domaine
Drohin-Laroze or Olivier Leflaive wines. You have to know how to stalk elusive prey like this. Well, no one’s better at it than Ted. What did he do? Simple. He flew directly to both domaines in Burgundy, walked straight through their front doors with his beautiful wife Cindy on his arm and just asked straight out if he could buy the wine. Now there’s a guy who knows how to get exactly what he wants.

Six bottles of 2003 Drouhin-Laroze Musigny
Six bottles of 2003 Drouhin-Laroze Clos Vougeot
Three bottles of 2004 Olivier Leflaive Montrachet
Three bottles of 2004 Olivier Leflaive Bâtard Montrachet
Two bottles of 2000 Olivier Leflaive Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet
Two bottles of 2000 Olivier Leflaive Montrachet
Two bottles of 2000 Olivier Puligny Montrachet Les Referts
Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes
Winning Bid: $7,000


What is one of the greatest vintages for Châteauneuf du Pape?
Which wine is one of the all time favorites of Wine Spectator magazine?
Which wine received a 93 rating by Robert Parker?
Which wine from the Rhone is built to last for 40 years or more?
The famous Perrin family owns which vineyard in Châteauneuf du Pape?
What is one of the most beautiful properties in southern France?
Which wine from Châteauneuf du Pape is an absolute must have?
What wine goes great with any meat?
What wine is so big it needs to be decanted for at least 4 hours?
What is one of the darkest colored wines in the south of France?
Which wine is the answer to all of these questions?

Includes (and the answer is):
A full twelve-bottle case of 1995 Châteauneuf du Pape
Donated by:
Dave Daberko
Winning Bid: $3,000







1986 to 1995
Donated by:
James Gannon
Winning Bid: $2,600



Sure. There’s death and taxes. But one constant we can always look forward to is that Fred Constant will constantly make consistently great wine.  Fred produced his first estate wine from Diamond Mountain Vineyard in 1995. The wine was heralded by James Laube in The Wine Spectator as “a new, can’t miss Cabernet about as close to a sure thing as it gets in wine.” Who are we to argue? Black as the night, so rich you can chew it, so long on the finish that you can still taste it for hours afterwards, so perfumed it can fill up a room, so hard to get that you just want to
scream out of frustration. Just a few more constants for you
One magnum of 2001 Constant Diamond Mountain Proprietary Red Wine
Donated by:
Roz and Roger Whyman
Winning Bid: $1,000


The Staglin Family’s 40-year-old vineyard was originally planted to grapes in the 1960s by the grand master of wine making, André Tchelistcheff, and has produced generations of fine vintages. In recent years, the Staglin’s wines have been ranked among the very finest in the Napa Valley and have been praised by Robert Parker in The Wine Spectator and The Connoisseur’s Guide. In fact, Robert Parker’s latest visit to the winery spurred some glowing remarks:
“This winery is clearly on a roll, going from strength to strength. Their entire 50-acre vineyard is in production, their underground cellar complex is in full operation and a top flight wine making team is in place.”
As this small winery’s fame grows, you’ll be proud to count this bottle as part
of your collection.

One magnum of 2003 Staglin Family Vineyard Salus Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Shari and Garen Staglin
Winning Bid: $1,500


Lucky for us that Ted Mandes and Ed Snider are great friends. Thanks to Ted, we were introduced to an extraordinary man, the extraordinary wife behind the man and the extraordinary wine they make. Apparently, Robert Parker felt the same way when he wrote:
“A fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from a winery I need to spend more time checking out, this 100% cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon has an opaque purple color, a gorgeously pure nose of spring flowers intermixed with black currant liqueur, licorice, and some subtle background oak. Quite powerful, rich, but at the same time elegant, as one would expect from Stag’s Leap, this is a terrific effort that should drink well for 20+ years.”
The winemaker of Beau Vigne is Dave Phinney. Dave is a rising star who was trained
at Opus One and at Whitehall Lane and has the background necessary to develop Beau Vigne’s French Clone 337 into a big, complex Cabernet. It’s no small coincidence then that Dave was voted “Winemaker of the Year” by Dean and DeLuca.
The Beau Vigne vineyard sits atop Stag’s Leap in the Foss Valley, nine acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and one to Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The property is managed with low-yield techniques by Raul Garcia and produces a wine of intense berry fruit full of blackberry, currant and tobacco leaf flavors, not unlike the great Paulliacs of Bordeaux.
“We have the right place with the right winemaker and have a chance to make
some wonderful Bordeaux-style wines.” – Ed Snider

One double magnum of 2003 Free Run Juice—one of only 6 made!
One double magnum of 2006 Beau Vigne Reserve
One double magnum of 2006 Beau Vigne Guest Cottage
Donated by:
Trish and Ed Snider
Winning Bid: $1,900


When you’re as famous, big, and orange as Rusty Staub and you have a cause as worthy as The Rusty Staub Foundation, wine makers will sometimes bottle their very best wines in unique large format just for you. Tonight, we proudly present one of those bottles, a magnificent nine-liter Atlas Peak Pinot Noir. No pinching yourself necessary. You read correctly, a full case of wine in one, Rusty-size bottle, especially produced just for the big guy from a specially selected blend that Rusty called “... one of the greatest California Pinot Noirs I’ve ever tasted.”
Well, tonight you’re only one generous bid away from putting an end to your Pinot envy.

One nine-liter bottle of 2000 Atlas Peak Rusty Staub Foundation Pinot Noir
Donated by:
Leslie and Brad Dubner
Winning Bid: $1,800


Sine Qua Non, Merus ... what gives? Well, let’s break out those old Latin textbooks
and see what we have here. Sine Qua Non, the great and rare California boutique winer