2009 LOT CATALOGUE

The 2009 Palm Beach Wine Auction was held on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at The Breakers Palm Beach.  The following is the lot catalogue for the 2009 Palm Beach Wine Auction.

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THE NAME IS BOND….JUST BOND

      Bond is the newest project of Bill Harlan and his wine making team, Bob Levy and Michel Rolland. A great introduction to Bond’s style is Matriarch, a beautifully made wine with wonderfully sweet notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black cherries, and cassis, made in an opulent textural style with impressive concentration, low acidity, and silky tannin. It possesses ripe and super lush layers of seductive black cherry, blackberry, plum and spice, with a smooth texture and ripe, mouth coating tannins accented by a hint of melted chocolate.  

      This is really sexy juice folks and the name is Bond….just Bond.

 

Includes:
Three bottles of 2004 Bond Matriarch

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $800

 

 

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RARE BOTTLES OF SLOAN

      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 of 2000 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2001 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2003 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2004 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $1,700

      

 

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Includes:

One bottle of 2003 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon
One bottle of 2004 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Marcie Gorman-Althof and Dr. Stan Althof
Alexander “Sandy”  Myers

Winning Bid: $1,200

 

 

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THE LAST SYRAH

      You say “potato”, we say “potahto”. You say Shiraz…we say Syrah. However you say the name, it’s a real crowd pleaser. Just take a gander at Robert Parker’s reviews of the five bottles we offer you tonight and have your paddles ready. This may just be…your “last Syrah”.

      “Sine Qua Non has emerged as one of the world’s greatest wineries over the last decade,”

      “Readers should be on the lookout for the 2001 D’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz. Its dense black/purple color is accompanied by celestial aromas of melted licorice, graphite, blackberries, cassis, incense, anise, and toasty oak. Fabulously concentrated, with great purity, an unctuous, viscous texture, it boasts an amazingly long, 60-second plus finish.”

      “The nearly perfect 2002 Shirvington Shiraz is the stuff of legends. It has a remarkable bouquet of white flowers intermixed with melted licorice, blackberries, currants, figs, and espresso roast. This unforgettable wine can be drunk now or cellared for a decade or more. Bravo!”

      “Saturated opaque purple/black, it [2004 Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz] has a remarkably exotic perfume of smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazing purity and a complex collection of sensory stimuli.”

      The black/purple-colored 2002 Araujo Syrah exhibits tremendous ripeness along with scents of blackberries, charcoal, and white flowers, Made in a full-bodied, opulent style,

 

Includes one bottle each of:
2001 D’Arenberg “Dead Arm” Barossa Valley Shiraz
2002 Shirvington McLaren Vale Shiraz
2004 Torbreck “Run Rig” Barossa Valley Shiraz
2002 Araujo Napa Valley Syrah
2005 Sine Qua Non “Atlantis Fe” Syrah

Donated by:
Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland

Winning Bid:  $1,700


 

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RARE BOTTLES FROM HARLAN ESTATE

      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 estate-bottled wine possesses 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 great wine continues to seek higher levels of perfection.

                                                                                                                                   

Includes one bottle each of:
1999 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine
2000 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine
2001 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine
2002 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine
2003 Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine

Donated by:
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein

Winning Bid: $3,000                      

 

 

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THE MANDES MANDATE

       When Palm Beach Wine Auction Chairman, Ted Mandes, wants something, he knows how to get it. One taste of Ed and Trish Snider’s Beau Vigne a few years ago was all he needed before he set out on a personal mandate to obtain as much of this fabulous wine as he could get. In fact, this year, he asked Ed and Trish if they would make a few very special Magnums just for tonight’s event. Knowing Ted, he must have made them an offer they couldn’t refuse because here they are. 

      “Absolutely profound is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which clearly puts Beau Vigne alongside the Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet as one of the stars of Stags Leap. A wine of great intensity, exceptional power, and admirable grace as well as equilibrium, this full-bodied 2006 offers beautifully sweet creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and toasty oak characteristics. Multidimensional, with a layered mid-palate, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, it will benefit from some bottle age, although it is accessible enough to be drunk now. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.”  Robert Parker

 

Includes:
One specially boxed Magnum of 2006 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet

Donated by:
Sydelle Meyer

Winning Bid:   $1,400


 

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       “The most limited production cuvée (less than 100 cases) is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Guest Cottage. The most backward and inaccessible of this trio, it is similar to the Reserve, but without as much breadth of flavor and intensity. Nevertheless, it is a terrific Napa Cabernet Sauvignon offering up notes of graphite, black currants, sweet cherries, mocha, spicy wood, and a hint of earth. Give this tannic, structured 2006 3-4 years of cellaring, and consume it over the following 20-25 years.” Robert Parker

 

Includes
One specially boxed Magnum of 2006 Beau Vigne Guest Cottage

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $1,200

 

 

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Includes:
Three specially boxed .750 bottles of 2006 Beau Vigne Guest Cottage

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $1,400

 

 

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THE ONE AND ONLY

      Most wine lovers would bob for French fries for a few bottles of Romanée Conti wines. In the rarefied air of world class wines, the legendary Domaine de la Romanée Conti is the Holy Grail, period. The bouquet of its wines engulfs you with its haunting spice box perfume. Its limpid ruby robe beguiles you. Its sweet and creamy sugared beet root flavors romance your mouth. And its finish leaves an indelible impression on your mind. No small wonder, then, that only a precious few bottles are produced each year. 

      “The DRC produced splendid wines in 1990, and the Richebourg is close to reaching its plateau of maturity. A dark ruby color reveals lightening at the edge. The stunning aromatics offer intense aromas of spring flowers, black fruits, licorice, and toasty new oak. Fleshy and medium to full-bodied, with a velvety-textured palate, and sweet fruit, this smoky, rich, complex red Burgundy can be drunk now and over the next decade.”  Robert Parker        

      What would you give to own some bottles from the Domaine de la Romanée Conti?                                                                                                                             

Includes:
Three bottles of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg                                              

Donated by:
Mary and Lewis Schott  

Winning Bid: $6,500

 

 

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MUY GRANDÉ ARAUJO

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:
1994 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1995 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon               
1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon   
1998 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon               
2000 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon               
2003 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon   
2004 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Linda Costello

Winning Bid: $3,500

 

 

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Includes one Magnum each of:
1997 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon   
2002 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $3,500


 

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LIQUID GOLD - A DOUBLE MAGNUM OF 2005 LATOUR

       “OK everybody, your full attention please. In the high flying world of investment grade wine, there will be a vintage that everyone will be talking about for the rest of this century. That’s right, you heard correctly…for the rest of this century. No, it’s not 1945, 1961 or even 1982. It’s the magnificent 2005 vintage, the vintage I believe will go down as one of the greatest in history, yes, even going back to the late eighteenth century when Thomas Jefferson first discovered these remarkable creations. But wait a minute you think, a wine can’t last that long…can it? Remarkably, yes it can. One of the greatest red wines I’ve ever experienced was an 1865 Château Latour tasted in London in 1996…at the ripe old age of 131!    Well, believe it or not ladies and gentlemen, the 2005 vintage is far, far better. Below is an excerpt from my notes after tasting these amazing wines out of barrel in Bordeaux the week of April 1, 2006.” Michael Troise 

      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 this past 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 château owners I spoke with said that their 2005s were the best 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 next spring, it’ll be too late. It may be life times before another growing season like that of 2005 comes along again, if ever. Almost certainly though, wines with these qualities will probably never be made again!

 

Includes:
A Double Magnum of 2005 Château Latour

Donated by:
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein

Winning Bid: $9,000

 

 

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SCREAMING EAGLE

      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 has. Finding a needle in a haystack is child’s play compared to trying to find a bottle of this wine. 

      So fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen because we found not one, but five of these unbelievably rare bottles, 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 that Auction Chairman, Ted Mandes, has assembled for you tonight? 

 

Includes:
3 bottles of 2004 Screaming Eagle in a special wood presentation box

Donated by:
Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland

Winning Bid: $4,600

 

 

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Includes:
2 bottles of 2005 Screaming Eagle in a special wood presentation box.

Donated by:
Laurie and Steve Gottlieb

Winning Bid: $4,200

 

 

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MAGNUMS OF LOKOYA

       “Four absolutely stunning Cabernet Sauvignons from winemaker Chris Carpenter, these are the crème de le crème of some of the Jess Jackson-owned Napa vineyards. All mountain sites, all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all unfined and unfiltered – and all four are of irrefutably great quality. The case productions are relatively limited, 120-cases from the Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain sites to nearly 800 cases of Mt. Veeder. They all share several things in common – great ripeness, great texture, and fabulous aging potential. For example, the 1997s are just now starting to move into early adolescence.” Robert Parker

 

Includes one Magnum each of:
2005 Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Lokoya Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $2,300

 

 

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2005 LAFITE - TOMORROW’S NEWS…TODAY

      Getting tired of opening your brokerage statement every month and seeing your hard earned savings go the way of the dodo bird? Why don’t you just forget about rolling those stock market dice only to have them come up snake eyes all the time? We know a company whose stock almost never goes down. It’s called Château Lafite. We promise, no, guarantee you that this bottle will be worth double the opening bid price in the very near future. 

      Buying this bottle may just be the smartest investment you’ll ever make, kinda like looking at tomorrow’s newspaper…today.

 

Includes:
A Double Magnum of 2005 Château Lafite Rothschild

Donated by:
Mary and Lewis Schott

Winning Bid: $6,800                        

 

 

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JACKPOT

      Once, just once in your life, wouldn’t you love to put a quarter into one of those slot machines in Las Vegas and see all three of the spinning dials land on gold bars?  The lights go crazy, the bells go off and the sound of “ka-ching” seems to go on forever until the house cashier arrives to give you enough chips to open your own casino. 

      Did your mind just wander a bit, even if for only an instant? Maybe it’s because you feel so great. After all, you’re at The Breakers dressed to the nines, eating and drinking in style and you were looking ahead to the next auction item only to see…JACKPOT. Well, pinch yourself and get your paddle ready because this may be your chance to hit it big, the party lot of all party lots. So, forget Las Vegas. You’re in Palm Beach now and it’s time to get your hands on some serious, Worth Avenue, blue blood bling.

                                                                                                                                              

Includes one bottle each of:
1982 Lafite
1995 Latour
1996 Ducru Beaucaillou
1995 Troplong Mondot
1980 Yquem
1989 Tourelles Longueville
1989 Pape Clément
1996 Monbousquet
1989 Margaux
1993 Aloxe-Corton Les Vercots
1999 Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts
1992 Ermitage Pavillon

Donated by:
Margaret and Ed Dudnyk

Winning Bid: $6,200

 

 

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THE INDOMITABLE DOMINUS

      The wine making ingenuity behind Dominus is that of the talented and insightful Christian Moueix, the brilliant general manager of Pomerol's famous Château Pétrus. The Napanook vineyard is the same vineyard that provided the backbone for the classic, long-lived Inglenook Cabernets of the '40s, '50s and '60s. These beautifully proportioned wines are among the most Bordeaux-like in all of California, reflecting the roots and philosophy of Mr. Moueix. 

      Tonight we are excited to be able to offer you an extremely hard to find Double Magnum of his very greatest vintage, the 1994.

 

Includes:
A Double Magnum of 1994 Dominus

Donated by:
Linda Costello

Winning Bid: $2,300                    

 

 

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THE MYSTICAL ABACUS

      Abacus is ZD Winery’s ultimate prize, combining the best qualities of an aged wine with the best of a youthful wine, all together in one sumptuous mouthful.

The concept was born on a de Leuze family retreat, when ZD wine master, Robert and his brother, Brett were enjoying a wonderful old Cabernet Sauvignon. What if there was a way to blend the elegance of an older Cabernet Sauvignon with the intensity of fruit found in a younger wine?

      Always eager to accept a challenge, wine master Robert de Leuze took on the task of creating such a wine, unlike any other produced in the world. The result is a "solera style" multiple-vintage blend of every ZD Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ever produced, which is held in barrel until bottling.

      The first bottling, with the 1992 - 1998 vintages, was released November 1, 1999. This is the ongoing cycle of the ever-evolving solera; each year Abacus will increase by one vintage, gaining more and more complexity.

       Tonight we are pleased to be able to offer you some of this mystical wine, including a very hard to get Double Magnum.

 

Includes six bottles of:
2007 Abacus, Tenth Bottling

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Opening Bid: $3,100

 

 

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Includes:
A Double Magnum of 2007 Abacus, Tenth Bottling

Donated by:
Annie and Roger Warwick

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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RARE RUDD

      In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur, Leslie Rudd, realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley when he purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.
      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.
      This is truly world class wine with simply phenomenal richness and depth.

 

Includes:
One Magnum each of 2002, 2003 and 2004 Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $1,900

 

 

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Includes:
Three Magnums of 2005 Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

Winning Bid: $1,600

 

 

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Includes:
One 12 bottle case of 2005 Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by:
Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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A CASE OF 2003 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD

      “The 2003 vintage will go down in history as the hottest ever recorded in Bordeaux, ever. In August alone, there were 17 days when the temperature reached 100 degrees or more! Since it is expressly forbidden to irrigate vineyards (unlike in California for example, where it is common place) only those châteaux who had root systems deep enough to tap into the previous winter’s water reserves were able to survive the blistering and historic heat. Château Mouton Rothschild was one of them and it did more than just survive. The 2003 Mouton is one of the most powerful vintages they’ve ever made. In his review of this amazing wine, Robert Parker noted:  

‘Black/purple-colored to the rim, with a gorgeous nose of espresso roast intermixed with classic Mouton crème de cassis liqueur-like notes, its powerful, unctuous flavors cascade over the palate revealing tremendous intensity as well as strong tannin. This enormously endowed 2003 is still sorting itself out, but it is unquestionably one of the greatest efforts of the vintage.’

      When all is said and done, this remains an incredibly fascinating vintage the likes of which we may never see again in our lifetimes. Some châteaux have even made better wines in 2003 than in 2000 and a few believe they may have made their best wine ever. But that’s for time to tell. At the very least, the extraordinary weather conditions will be talked about for years in the same breath as 1945, 1959, 1961 and 1989.” Michael Troise

 

Includes:
A 12 bottle case of 2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

Donated by:
Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $4,800


 

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STAGGERING STAGLIN

      Known for world class wines and their support of many important world charities with their motto, “Great Wine for Great Causes”, Shari and Garen Staglin are delighted to support the Palm Beach Wine Auction with a 1.5L Etched bottle of their 2005 Staglin Family Estate Cabernet.  In addition to this wonderful bottle, the Staglin’s will host up to 6 people for special VIP tour and tasting at their 64 acre estate in Rutherford, CA.  Your tour will include not only current releases but also barrel samples and a sneak preview at yet to be released wines. The Staglin property was featured in the movie, “The Parent Trap” and has been featured in numerous publications. Come and see, and enjoy it yourself with a winning bid.

      “Staglin’s primary red wine is their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from their beautifully manicured and cared-for vineyards in the hillsides of Rutherford. None other than David Abreu looks after the viticulture, and of course that means yields are frightfully low. The 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a Bordeaux-like, cedary nose intermixed with black currants, crushed rocks, smoke, and earth. The wine has beautiful texture, lots of layers, depth, richness, and a long finish. The overall impression is one of elegance and restraint, but without sacrificing richness. This wine should evolve nicely for at least two decades.” Robert Parker

 

Includes:

  • One Magnum of 2005 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • A special VIP tour and tasting for up to 6 people at the 64 acre Staglin family estate

Donated by:
Shari and Garen Staglin

Winning Bid: $1,000

 

 

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GORGEOUS HARBISON

      This is a double magnum of Pat and Joe Harbison’s production from the excellent 2004 vintage in Napa Valley, all 100% Oakville fruit. The wine bears a remarkable heritage. It draws upon great vineyard sites adjacent to those of Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle and Phelps Backus, and is made by Gary Brookman, who also makes wines for Miner Family, Clark Claudon and Carver Sutro Wines. Only six barrels of this wine were produced, and the magnums and double magnums are only produced for charitable events that benefit children. This double magnum is etched and hand painted by renowned Napa Valley artist, Pam Morgan, with a label designed Mandy Masciarelli. 

      In addition to receiving this wonderful bottle, the winning bidder tonight will earn a place on the Harbison mailing list for the 2011 release of their Estate Vineyard Cabernet, made in the vineyard they recently purchased which is next to Screaming Eagle.

 

Includes:

  • One Double Magnum of 2004 Harbison Cabernet Sauvignon
  • A place on the exclusive Harbison mailing list for the 2001 release of their Estate Cabernet

Donated by:
Pat and Joe Harbison

Winnng Bid: $1,100

 

 

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THE HONEY-DO LIST

      “Honey, on your way back from playing golf would you bring home that Jéroboam of 2004 Camille Giroud Chambertin you said you’d get for our anniversary party tonight?” Talk about breaking out into a cold sweat. When it comes to the wife, you never, ever want to cross over to the dark side.   Anything you can do to stay on the good side, where the force is with you, is a really good thing. Well, just this once, we can help bail you out of this one. Here’s your Jéroboam of 2004 Giroud Chambertin because, unless you can beam yourself to France, you have no chance to get this rare bottle at Vader’s liquor store around the corner. May the force be with you and let’s just leave it at that. The alternative just isn’t pretty.

      “Domaine Camille Giroud is one of the oldest in all of Burgundy. Founded in 1865, it has a long and heralded history for not releasing their wines until the owners felt they were ready to be drunk. Their Chambertin, in particular, is always a magnificent, deep, dark brooding wine whose life span is incredibly long for Burgundy. This Chambertin is one of the very best of the vintage.” Michael Troise

 

Includes:
A Jéroboam of 2004 Camille Giroud Chambertin

Donated by:
Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $1,700

 

 

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THE STUNNING 2005 MARGAUX

      “When I asked Paul Pontailler, proprietor of Château Margaux, how he thought his 2005 would rank alongside the Margaux immortals, he said that in his lifetime, he had never experienced a wine like it and that it would stand easily with the three other vintages he considered the best he’d seen at Margaux, 1996, 2000 and 2003. When pressed further to have to choose one of the four vintages from which to take a single bottle into the future, he (coyly) said “…it’s so hard I don’t know, but maybe the 2005.” By anyone’s standards it is a phenomenal young wine with unimaginable potential. It is a lush, velvety and extremely dense, an almost magical elixir of Château Margaux. Super-fresh red and black berries burst in the mouth with that almost crunchy tang I alluded to earlier, finishing forever with a palate-coating fruit compote and toffee veneer. 

      This is Grace Kelly wearing Valenciennes lace and a diamond tiara. It literally took my breath away, it was that stunning.”

Michael Troise

 

Includes:
A Double Magnum of 2005 Château Margaux

Donated by:
Mary and Lewis Schott
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein

Opening Bid: $6,800

 

 

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THE TIFFANY COLLECTION

      There is no store in the world with the panache of Tiffany & Co. Period.   In fact, there aren’t any even close.  The name Tiffany must surely be one of the most recognizable in the world. It is synonymous with the very highest quality and the utmost in class and prestige. When you’re walking down Fifth Avenue after shopping at Tiffany’s, that unmistakable turquoise blue bag can be spotted a short cab ride away. No small wonder then that it seems to even make you walk just a little taller and with an enviable air of confidence. Yes, you’ve arrived. All of your hard work in life has paid off.   You’re a success. You bought the best you could buy. You shopped at Tiffany’s.       

      “…fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from a winery I need to spend more time checking out [Beau Vigne], 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.” Robert Parker

      “A totally new viticultural and wine-making team is in place at Rudd, including viticultural manager, Bill Vyenielo, as well as superstars David Abreu and Michel Rolland. The new winemaker in addition to Rebekah Wineburg is Pat Sullivan. I think all of this reflects the meticulous perfectionism of proprietor Leslie Rudd, who wants to push this winery, with its fabulous source of vineyards (including the home estate right across the street from Screaming Eagle and down the slope from Dalla Valle), into the superstar stratum of Napa.” Robert Parker

 

Includes one Double Magnum each of:
2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Wine
2006 Beau Vigne Guest Cottage

Donated by:
Tiffany & Co.

Winning Bid: $4,000

 

 

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DINNER AT TIFFANY’S

      Who can forget Audrey Hepburn singing “Moon River” in the 1961 classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”   Well, how about throwing a dinner party for eight and serving wines selected by Tiffany’s just for you. And we’re not talking about just any old wine here, we’re talking about some of the best of the best. We’re even starting you off with the finest Champagne money can buy, Dom Pérignon. 

      Now, we’re not finished yet. Guess who we’re flying in to cook you this meal of a lifetime? None other than our very own Master of Ceremonies…and master of everything else that’s wine or food related, Michael Troise. From fabulous seafood creations to original signature dishes, we promise that Michael will truly blow you away with his culinary artistry.

      So, better start thinking about who you’re going to invite this party. Save yourself some time though and skip anyone who thinks Kobe beef is a famous basketball player complaining about a foul call. Just go right to the short list of your very best friends who really enjoy the finest wine and cuisine that money can buy. 

 

Includes one bottle each of:
1990 Dom Pérignon
2004 Jadot Corton Charlemagne
2002 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon
1990 Jadot Clos Vougeot
1982 Léoville Las Cases
1982 Mouton
1963 Croft Vintage Port 

...and a fabulous six course meal for eight especially designed and cooked for you by Michael Troise.

Donated by:
Tiffany & Co.

Winning Bid: $6,500

 

 

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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 palettes 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 Grande Champagne Cognac

Donated by:
Rémy Martin

Winning Bid: $1,800

 

 

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THE SUGAR MONKEY DESSERT BUFFET

      Take the stress out of entertaining and have a custom designed pastry buffet delivered for your next party paired the champagne.

      "1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame - Tightly-packed with notes of citrus oil, orange rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and brioche, the medium to full-bodied 1996 La Grande Dame Brut should age well for 15-20 years.  Crisp, fresh, and backward, it is another brillian example from the exquisite 1996 vintage" Robert Parker

  

Includes:

  • Four Bottles of 1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
  • Custom designed pastry buffet for 12

Donated by:
Jennifer Reed

Winning Bid: $800 

 

 

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CELLAR MASTER'S SELECTION

 “Tasting at Marcassin with Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer is one of the more satisfying appointments a wine critic could have. This is commitment to excellence at its highest level. An unwavering, uncompromising brilliance and focus is reflected in not only meticulous work in the vineyard, but also in highly detailed winemaking that consistently succeeds in producing some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the world. Even more interesting, since they have rarely given interviews, will be the two books that Turley and Wetlaufer are writing independently of each other. They possess an accumulation of knowledge and experience that is, as the advertising industry would say, “priceless.” Hopefully some of that will soon make its way onto the written pages for future generations”. Robert Parker

 

One bottle each of the following:
2003 Marcassin Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 
2003 Marcassin Bondi Home Ranch Sonoma Coast
2004 Marcassin Chardonay Sonoma Coast
2005 Colgin Cariad  

Donated by
Joan and Michael Schweitz 

Winning Bid: $1,500

  

 

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DINNER FOR 4 AT THE FRENCH LAUNDRY

Here’s the only time we can think of when it’s a good thing to get taken to the cleaners. 

Located just past a tiny bridge on a secluded little block in the sleepy village of Yountville, California, The French Laundry has been acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in the world. Super-chef Thomas Keller has created a dining fantasy from this beautifully converted (yes) laundry shop. You can fully expect to linger tranquilly for hours at your table here while course after magnificent course, nine in all, appears before you, each in tiny portions so as not to tire your palate. The layers of flavors that Chef Keller achieves are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. His masterpieces will astonish you by their presentation. The Restaurant's Master Sommelier will even select a perfectly matched wine from the award winning wine list to accompany each dish. And, as if all of this wasn’t enough, we have included some great wines for you to have as parting gifts.

 

Includes one .750 bottle of:
1975 Pichon Lalande
1983 Palmer
2000 Colgin Cariad
2001 Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir

Please note:
· Dinners do not include tax and gratuity.
· The included wines are for personal use and cannot be brought to dinner.
· The included wines will be sent to only one successful bidder.

Donated by
Annie and Roger Warwick

Winning Bid: $4,200 

 

 

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NAPA VALLEY HIDDEN GEM DOUBLE VISION

Kathryn and Leo Vecellio recently discovered a hidden little gem in Napa Valley.  Fleury Estate Winery is located in Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley.  Claudia and Brian Fleury have created a luxury boutique winery with premium Napa Valley terroir.   Fleury allows the grape to take center stage in every barrel, bottle and glass of their wines. These small production wines are only available at the winery.  Only a handful of 3.0L etched double magnums are produced.  Be the lucky bidder to walk away with this amazing collection before the word gets out!

Includes one signed etched double-magnum (3.0L) each of:
2006 Passionne’ (Reserve Blend)
2006 Lauren Bryce - Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Old Wagon Vineyard - Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 F in Red (Proprietary Blend)
2006 Z-Cab (Zinfandel-Cabernet Sauvignon)
2006 Pinot Noir

Donated by:
Brian and Claudia Fleury

Winning Bid:  $2,600

 

 

 

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DINNER FOR 12 BY CAFÉ BOULUD

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 and pastry chef, Matthew Petersen, 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 in your home catered by Café Boulud and

One mixed case of Arger-Martucci Vineyards (Napa) 
One case of Cherry Hill Pinot Noir (Oregon)
A case (wood) of La Madonne 2004, vin de pays d’Oc.       

 

Donated by:
Dinner by Cafe Boulud

Wines by:
R
obert Epstein
Robert and Lydia Forbes

Winning Bid:  $8,500