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.