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Stellar wines hand-selected by vintners, sommeliers and fine private collectors.

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 SILENT LOT 101

One bottle [750mL] Realm 2010 Napa Valley White Wine

The Realm Winery is a mysterious label with a tasty amount of class. Plenty of well-curated vintages stock this artful house. Their Sauvignon Blanc is a shape shifter, monikered “white wine” to allow Realm to toy with percentages and give us a new label and new look each year. This 2010 is the first white wine from Realm and was not even released to the public! The impressionistic science of Realm Vineyard allows for fun and whimsy in their entire process. Please be sure to enjoy this pretty and creative sampling of what Realm can turn out. Those of you at L’Amour du Vin in 2014 will remember Juan Mercado, a Co-Featured Vintner, who shared Realm’s wine with us!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 102

Riedel Syrah Decanter

This decanter per Wine Enthusiast “is a great wine decanter to use everyday. It’s perfect for Syrah or any other red wine. Crafted in Germany of lead-free crystal, the Syrah decanter holds 49-ounces, and stands 9-5/8″ tall. Add to your wine decanter collection or give as a gift any season.”
Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 103

One magnum [1.5L] Bodegas 2010 ‘Volver’ Single Vineyard Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain

The winner of this lot is going home with one of the most popular red varieties of Spanish wine. Rated 90 on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the strong notes of black cherries and currants work together to give this wine a flavor that lingers on your taste buds. Rafael Canizares of Volver Winery is passionate about his work and says he “seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in the environment.” Innovation and diversity bring Spain back into the world wine market.

Donor: Kimbro Maguire + Penny Lynch

 

SILENT LOT 104

One magnum [1.5L] Hahn 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The beautiful wild and wooly highlands of Santa Lucia give birth to this complicated and juicy Pinot Noir as told to us by vintner’s description. The long and unique growing season of the cool mountains and the wind brought off the Pacific Ocean give this wine’s grapes plenty of time to mature. With zips of fresh fruit flavor this wine is a rich and satisfying delight complete with velvety feels and an allspice ending.

The Hahn family took quite a gamble in keeping their wineries relevant in the 2000s to quote Ben O’Donnell of Wine Spectator Blog Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice. But thankfully their hard work paid off to give us this delicious sampling. This Pinot Noir is what the Hahn family winery is known for and has been carefully cultivated from planting the roots closely together to stress them to having state-of-the-art data-gathering stations installed to measure temperature, humidity, and wind within individual vine canopies, taking the guesswork out of irrigation, as well as helping monitor disease pressure. The Hahn family made the difficult decision to weed out all other wine varieties and just focus on this Pinot Noir and the winery’s Chardonnays, something not often done in the California wine country. But going against the grain has paid off as I am sure you will be able to tell while enjoying this unique and carefully grown wine.

Donor: Hahn

 

SILENT LOT 105

Two bottles [750mL] Twomey Wines, one each: 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir

David Duncan of Twomey Wines shares a little of what keeps the people of Twomey Wines going. He says,“we believe in taking a good thing and making it better, whether by using a new technology or reviving a time-honored tradition. We’re never satisfied with the status quo and we’re excited to show you what’s next.” This fantastic lot contains two of Twomey’s finest wines, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, which received a rating of 90 points on Cellar Tracker and the 2010 Pinot Noir received 93 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 106

Collection of Blackberry Farm Pantry items; includes: Eggplant Relish, Pickled Ramps, Sweet Hot Mustard, and Grain and Nut Oats.

If you haven’t tasted these yet – you need to! The Eggplant Relish, which is Blackberry’s versions of the Italian Copontata is good on hotdogs, sandwhiches, pasta, grilled meats. Pickled Ramps are a one-of-a-kind Appalachian item perfect on top of pizza, with steamed mussels, or right out of the jar. Used in the Main House for years, the Sweet Hot Mustard adds flavor and a kick to sandwiches, salami or salad dressings. And finally, Grain and Nut, which is a favorite of many Blackberry Farm guests. Made with oats, benne seeds, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, and almonds – all toasted to perfection – a scoop is delicious on top of yogurt or fresh fruit.

Donor: A Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 107

A trio of bottles [750mL] of Biltmore Estate Wine Company, one each: Brut Blanc de Blancs North Carolina Château Biltmore NV, 2013 White Blend, 2012 Pinot Noir.

Renowned for its beauty and history, the Biltmore Winery is a part of the much larger 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It boasts the title of America’s most visited winery.  The wines are presented in a beautiful wooden wine box – the Brut Blanc de Blancs North Carolina Château Biltmore NV, rated 83 by Wine Spectator, has flavors of tangy lemon peel notes, with a touch of smoke. The 2013 Estate White Blend, rated 89 by the Beverage Tasting Institute, is a bright and fragrant melange of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc bring together flavors of citrus and honey tinged with mineral. Finally, one of the signature wines produced by the Estate, a 2012 Pinot Noir, soft and elegant with wild cherry aromas, delicate raspberry flavors, and smooth tannins.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 108

Cato Corner Farm Ploughman’s Platter Gift Basket 

Cato Corner Farm is a small family farm in Colchester, Connecticut, where the mother-son team of Elizabeth and Mark Cato raises 40 free-range Jersey cows without the use of hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics. From the cows’ raw milk, they make a dozen styles of aged farmhouse cheese, ranging from mild and milky to runny and pungent to sharp and firm, that find their way to the tables of some of the finest New York restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, Savoy, Telepan, and Picholine. This basket contains four pieces of Cato’s most popular cheese, including a mild, medium and strong flavor for the full “Cato Corner” experience. Two pounds of cheese total.

Donor: Cato Corner Farm

 

SILENT LOT 109

One bottle [750mL] Martinelli Winery 2009 “Lolita Ranch” Pinot Noir

Martinelli specializes in small, single vineyard lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah, from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Green Valley of Russian River appellations. Lolita Ranch is a steep property acquired by Martinelli in 1999 from Bob and Lolita Young. The Ranch is named for Bob’s late wife, Lolita. Lee Jr. planted the hillside with four different grape varietals including this Pinot Noir, which received 92 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and 90 points from Wine Spectator. Ready to drink now!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 110

One bottle [750mL] Kosta Browne 2012 Chardonnay “One Sixteen” Russian River Valley

Let the ratings speak for themselves: Wine Spectator – 91, Stephen Tanzer – 92, Antonio Galloni – 91, Robert Parker – 93.

Kosta Browne’s 2012 vintage production was limited, which adds to this wine’s value. Plus, when Michael Browne joined us as the Featured Vintner in 2014 this wine was poured with Featured Chef Patrick O’Connell’s “Tin of Sin” caviar course – to die for!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 111

“Everything’s coming up Rosé”

Four bottles [750mL], one each: Red Car 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast; Long Meadow Ranch 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley; Windward Vineyard 2015 Vin Gris de Pinot Noir, Paso Robles; Domaine de la Mordorée 2014 Rosé Tavel “La Dame Rousse.”

It has been said that real men don’t eat quiche. But, to quote Andy Chabot, Sommelier and Food and Wine Director for Blackberry Farm, real men do drink Rosé! Whether you are looking for a crisp refreshing wine to drink in the summer months, or looking for a good pairing for barbeque, Rosés may be what you what you are looking for.

This lot contains Rosés from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Southern Rhone. All of these are wonderful “food” wines and are ready to go. Many of us have turned our noses up at these pink beauties (aka, pink crap), but these wines will change your mind. So pop a cork on these, put out some cheese or pulled pork and put your feet up and enjoy. Cheers!

Donor: David and Lisa Reath

 

SILENT LOT 112

One bottle [750mL]of Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with Riedel Cabernet Magnum Decanter

Silver Oak’s 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet is a complex and layered expression of California Cabernet. The wine has a dark garnet color and is bursting with fruit even as it is poured. It has a nose of cassis, violets, licorice, allspice and roasting coffee.  On the palate, it has an extraordinarily rich attack, a satin texture and an exuberant expression of fruit on the mid-palate that comes from picking grapes at the peak of their ripeness. Wine Spectator gave it 88 points. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032.

This decanter per Wine Enthusiast “combines the quality, design and world-class appeal of Riedel at an affordable price. Made of 24% lead crystal, this exquisite decanter has an elegant base that ensures maximum aeration of your wines and an open spout for drip-free pouring.”

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 113

Two bottles [750mL] Trefethen Family Vineyards Wine, one each: 2015 Estate Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

These two bottles are part of the Trefethen Signature Wines collection.  According to the winemaker the 2015 Chardonnay, “opens with bursts of orange blossoms and hints of lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of kiwi. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance.” Robert Parker of Wine Advocate awarded this wine 90 points. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded a score of 90 by Wine Enthusiast, holds aromas of blackberry, currant and earthy tones with a silky finish of chocolate and black pepper.  Enjoy now or save it for later, both bottles are a perfect addition to any collection.

Donor: Trefethen Family Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 114

One magnum [1.5L] Turley 2004 “Grist Vineyard” Zinfandel

Turley Wine Cellars aims to produce wines that both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. Every single Turley Vineyard is either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or in the process of becoming just that. Robert Parker boasts of the 2004 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel saying it is “One of the finest Zinfandels I have tasted from Dry Creek and also “full-bodied with an amazing texture as well as a voluptuous mid-palate and blockbuster finish, this is Zinfandel at its finest.” He gave this Zinfandel a rating of 93-95 points.

Turley Wine Cellars aims to produce wines that both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. Every single Turley Vineyard is either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or in the process of becoming just that. Robert Parker boasts of the 2004 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel saying it is “One of the finest Zinfandels I have tasted from Dry Creek and also “full-bodied with an amazing texture as well as a voluptuous mid-palate and blockbuster finish, this is Zinfandel at its finest.” He gave this Zinfandel a rating of 93-95 points.

Donor: Turley Wine Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 115

One magnum [1.5L] Ridge Vineyards 2009 Geyserville, Cuptertino

The gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountains in Santa Clara County, California produce this fine wine from the Monte Bello estate wedged 2300 feet above the nearby Pacific Ocean. Sun and misty fog dapple the landscape of this historical and handsomely-set vineyard. In 1885, Dr. Osea Perrone from the Italian immigrant section of San Francisco acquired 180 acres near the top of the Monte Bello Mountains to quote the Ridge Vineyard history webpage. Throughout the years the various owners of the Ridge Vineyards expanded their holdings down the mountains to the present days’ winery outlines. The winery’s decades-long history of pre-industrial wine-making predates the Prohibition. Pre-industrial wine-making starts with the grapes. If the grapes are excellent, then the wine will be superb; that is the premise of Ridge Vineyards minimally-processed vintages. This particular bottle is a single-site Zinfandel that has been made since 1966 from the soil of three adjoining vineyards. Aged 15 months in an American oak barrel, the Geyserville is a red-soaked, fruit-laden, spice, tar and mint blend. Rated 94 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Donor: Ridge Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 116

Trio of Turleys Zins: 2013 Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard, 2013 Paso Robles Uberruth Vineyard, 2014 Contra Costa County Duarte. Each 750mL.

Now an established vintner in Paso Robles, Larry Turley was born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia. Later he moved to California where he soon became an emergency room physician by day and a vintner/farmer by night. It is said that Larry never met an old vine he did not like. He now makes 28 wines from 35 separate vineyards with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. His best wines are probably his Zinfandels and his Petit Syrahs.

This lot include three outstanding Zins. From the 2013 vintage come the Presenti Vineyard and the Uberruth Vineyard Zainfandels. The former is sourced from vines planted in 1885 and the later in 1920. And old and a new Zin you could say. Parker rated the Uberruth a 95 and Antonio Galloni gave it 94. It should be ready to drink in a year or two will last another two decades. The Presenti was awarded a 94 by Parker, 93 by Galloni and a 93 by Wine Spectator. Ready now, this will last another ten years. And from the 2014 vintage, the Contra Costa county Duarte contains some of the softest and silkiest tannins you will find in a Zinfandel. All the pundits awarded scores higher than 90 and agree that this has at least another ten years.

These wines were purchased from the winery on a visit to Paso Robles and are probably not readily available in this market place. So if you are a Zin fan, this is you lot!

Donor: David and Lisa Reath

 

SILENT LOT 117

Three bottles [750mL] of Rombauer Wines, 2015 Carneros Chardonnay, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, and 2013 Carneros Merlot

With just three head winemakers in Rombauer’s 35-year history, consistency of style — distinctive, fruit-driven wines is what to expect. Rombauer Vineyards began producing Chardonnay in 1982. In 1990, the Rombauer family made their first Chardonnay from the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. Tasting notes for the 2015 Carneros Chardonnay: Enticing aromas of ripe apple, bright citrus and melon are layered with creme brulee, baking spices and a touch of butter.

The fruit for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford AVAs. 88 points from WS. The 2013 Carneros Merlot, rated 90 by Wine Spectator, is a medium-bodied wine is ripe and plush with flavors of plums, cherries and figs at the forefront, leading to juicy red fruit on the midpalate.

Donor: Rombauer Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 118

Schramsberg Vineyards historic wine cave tour plus tasting for two

For over 50 years, Schramsberg Vineyards has been crafting extraordinary sparkling wines on Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley. During your tour/tasting, a guide will share the rich history of Schramsberg and the 125 year old caves, introduce you to the classic method of producing sparkling wine, and end with a variety of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards wines. Expect candlelight and romance! Expires February 2018.

Donor: Schramsberg Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 119

Double magnum  [3.0L] Caymus Special Select 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1972, Caymus Vineyard is a family owned winery located in beautiful Napa Valley, California. Part of the Wagner Family of Wines, Caymus Vineyard specializes in both Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. With hints of wild berry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors on the palate, the Caymus Special Select finishes with a dominant yet refined aftertaste that highlights the dark fruit and bold tannins characteristic of well-crafted California Cabernet. The wine is ranked in the Top 100 of 2016 and given the score of 95. Caymus Special Select 2013 upholds the Wagner Family’s esteemed reputation and would make an exceptional addition to any collection.

Donor: Caymus Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 120

One double magnum [3L] Mt. Brave 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Straight from Robert Parker: “The star of the Mt Brave trio of new releases is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.” He gave the wine 92 points as did Wine Spectator, describing the wine as “a muscular, tight-knit style, with firm, dense, well-proportioned notes of dark berry, crushed rock and graphite. Impressively lively acidity keeps the flavors jumping on the finish, ending with an earth-laced red berry core. Drink now through 2030.”  A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec; this bottle needs to go home with you!

Donor: Spire Collection

 

SILENT LOT 121

Three pack [750mL each] Westwood 2014 Rhone Series from Annadel Gap Vineyard, one each: Estate Grenache, Counoise, and Mourvèdre.

Westwood Estate is singularly focused on making world-class Burundian and Rhone varietals from their Annadel Gap Vineyard. The small production wines are truly handcrafted, with less than 3,500 cases produced annually. Included with this lot the 2014 Rhone varietals; firstly the Counoise, which Robert Parker rated 89: “Counoise is made from a varietal rarely seen in Northern California, or even France, for that matter – at least, not on its own merits. This wine has a medium ruby color, a floral bouquet, and a lush, sexy texture, with raspberries and black cherries. This is a dead ringer for a high-quality Pinot Noir rather than a Counoise.” The second, Mourvèdre a varietal typically grown in France that exhibits rich dark fruits, leather, espresso and truffles; well suited for aging. The Grenache, finally, exudes black cherry, spice, raspberry, and smoky vanilla with a persistent finish. How fun would these be to try!? Bid!

Donor: Westwood Winery

 

SILENT LOT 122

Exquisite William Yeoward crystal carafe to present your finest wine.

This extremely beautiful carafe from the William Yeoward Country collection has an ever-so-lightly etched wisteria motif and holds one magnum of wine. It is elegant and sophisticated for special entertaining and yet robust and practical for everyday use. Be among English royalty who own William Yeoward, produced in Hampshire, England.

Donor: Glass Bazaar

 

SILENT LOT 123

One magnum [1.5L] Lewelling Vineyards Wight Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards of the historic Lewelling estate were established in 1864 near the western foothills in St. Helena by pioneer winegrower and horticulturist John Lewelling. It’s a family affair; each one of the Lewelling family members play a role in crafting the vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Earning 93 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a true high-end, world-class Napa wine. Irresistible flavors of sweet blackberry and cassis mix with tobacco and charcoal to create an astounding mixture. This wine is rich and drool-worthy, with a lingering finish that leaves you wanting more.

Donor: Lewelling Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 124

One bottle [1.5L] Silver Oak Cellars Alexander Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a lively and full-bodied expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from an exceptional vintage. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot. Wine Spectator James Laube: “Exhibiting a mix of dusty, savory roasted herb, tobacco leaf, road tar and green underbrush flavors, this is a solid effort that needs time.” Buy now and cellar; this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2034.

Donor: Silver Oak Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 125

One magnum Chateau Haut-Brisson 2009 Saint Emilion Grand Cru, France

Robert Parker gave this wine 95 points, and claims it is best to drink 2017-2030.  Château Haut-Brisson is a Bordeaux wine producer located in Saint-Émilion. The château was purchased in 1997 by Peter Kwok, also owner of Château Tour Saint-Christophe in Saint-Émilion and Château Enclos Tourmaline in Pomerol, and is managed by his daughter, Elaine Kwok, with the help of famed consultant Michel Rolland. Château Haut-Brisson produces three Merlot-dominant Saint-Émilion Grand Cru blends: La Réserve, Château Haut-Brisson, and La Grave.

Donor: Kimbro Maguire + Penny Lynch

 

SILENT LOT 126

Two magnums [1.5L] of Arcadian Wines. One each; Clos Pepe Vineyard 2005 Pinot Noir and Stolpman Vineyard 2006 Syrah

Winegrower Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery is a firm believer in Old World methods of crafting fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Arcadian owns no vineyards, but Joe spends a substantial amount of time in contracted vineyards in Monterey, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara counties, making him as much of a farmer as he is winemaker.

The 2005 Pinot Noir earned 92 points on Wine Enthusiast and contains impressively sweet flavors that pair well with a variety of foods. Stolpman Vineyard’s 2006 Syrah earned 91 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and its intense fruit flavors balance out with the overall sophisticated air of the wine. Enjoy!

Donor: Arcadian Winery

 

SILENT LOT 127

One magnum [1.5L] Robert Foley Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, Angwin

This is one tasty wine with accolades from its fans. Sweet and expressive but also bold, it was rated very highly with a 95 by Wine Advocate. “Dessert” is a term used to describe this wine as is “cherry” and “berries” with “chocolate” and “oak.” It is asking to be enjoyed. Robert Foley is known for expressive, structured and “open-mouthed” wines. He is a well-trained vintner with much experience at many vineyards. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a still-wine, a table wine free of carbon dioxide with no effervescent properties. It is meant to be savored, perhaps with a lovely meal, either during or after. A unique note on Robert Foley’s wines: they are housed in an extensive cave system build just to age these delicious bottles. This graceful wine would be a wonderful addition to any celebration!

Donor: Robert Foley Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 128

One magnum [1.5L] and one bottle [750mL] of Dyer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dyer Winery sits in the Diamond Mountain district of Napa Valley. Bill and Dawnine Dyer’s unique perspective and knowledge wine, coming from decades of winemaking, brings intense flavor and rich history to their exceptional wines. The beautiful Dyer wine label is inspired from a mural the couple saw while traveling in Tibet and shows a painting of a powerful mountain scene depicting the Diamond Mountains featured in the Diamond Sutra, one of the Buddhist scriptures. Robert Parker rated this 2012 vintage 94 points and spoke highly of the “nice notes of roasted meats, herbs, and a grilled, bloody-steak element.”

Donor: Dawnine Dyer

 

SILENT LOT 129

Three bottles [750mL] Herman Story wines, one each: 2012 “Bien Nacido” Syrah, 2012 “Casual Encounters,” and 2013 “On the Road” Grenache.

The incredible and eclectic Russell P. From, Herman Story proprietor and winemaker, makes, schlepps and peddles all of his wine on his own. His love of cooking and food led him to the winemaking business and he takes a very minimalistic approach to his work. Named after Russell’s grandfather, Herman Story is fueled by its eager wine club members; (and if you’re an aspiring wine club member, you’ll have to take a spot on the waiting list as these are very coveted spots.)

The 2012 Bien Nacido Syrah earned a 95 on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and incorporates a splash of Viognier and is voluptuous and full-bodied. Casual Encounters earned 93 points by Robert Parker and receives its name from the unique nature of its origins, a blend of small cofermented lots.

The 2013 vintage of the On The Road Grenache received a 93 on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and derives its name from the 10,000 miles of driving Russell From endures to and from his Grenache vineyards during the harvest of this special wine.Donor: Knoxville Beverage Company

 

SILENT LOT 130

One magnum [1.5L] Kistler Vineyards 2013 Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay, plus wine tasting for 4 at Trenton Roadhouse in Forestville, California.

Located in the breath-taking Sonoma Valley, Kistler Vineyards is dedicated to the perfection of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  This package includes a magnum bottle of Kiestler’s 2013 Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay.  This Chardonnay was given an impressive score of 92 by Wine Spectator. The wine holds a crisp acidity with notes of white currants, apple, white peach and honeysuckle while maintaining a tender balance of minerals.

In addition, enjoy a wine tasting for four at Trenton Roadhouse in the scenic Forestville, California.  You and your lucky guests will enjoy a tasting of the vineyard’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. This tasting includes a tour of the beautiful vineyard and a glass of your favorite tasting perfectly paired with a cheese board.  You can enjoy this experience in the tasting room or outdoors gathered around the fire pit. Photographs of your tasting and tour are included!

Donor: Kistler Vineyard

 

SILENT LOT 131

Three bottles [750mL] Whetstone Wine Cellars – One Jon Boat Sonoma Coast 2014 Pinot Noir and two Phoenix Ranch Vineyard Napa Valley 2012 Syrah

Last year Jamey and Michelle Whetstone shared their wines with us as the L’Amour du Vin Featured Winery. Both these wines were poured at the event. The Jon Boat Sonoma Coast 2014 Pinot Noir stands out – Wine Enthusiast gave it 89 points: flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie, cherry, and orange. The Phoenix Ranch Vineyard Napa Valley 2012 Syrah comes together with flavors and blackberry and raspberry to create a complex wine you’ll be craving hours after you put it down.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 132

Five bottles [750mL] Sans Liege Wines, one each: 2012 Call to Arms, 2011 Cotes du Coast, 2011 En Gedi, 2011 The Offering; and 2010 Pickpocket.

This fantastic collection of Sans Liege Wines is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed with its varying flavors and aromas. Located in Pismo Beach, California, winemaker Curt Schalchlin uses his creativity and talent to create exemplary wines and does not “discount any field for its quirks and eccentricities, however, for in diversity lies the promise of uncommon opportunity.” He says, “This is the heart of Sans Liege.” Schalchlin produces outstanding wines under his label that never lack in fruit, texture, or character.

This lot includes Sans Liege 2012 Call to Arms, rated 90 on Wine Spectator and 2011 Cotes du Coast, rated 91 points by Robert Parker. Also included are two 2011 Sans Liege Wines; En Gesi and The Offering, earning a 91 and 89 on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, respectively. And finally, the 2010 Pickpocket, which received 91 points by Robert Parker. With its full-bodied taste and bursts of creative flavors, this fine group of wines is a no-brainer purchase.

Donor: Knoxville Beverage Company

 

SILENT LOT 133

Three bottle [750mL] gift set, Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Artist Series Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series celebrates the collaboration between fine art and winemaking. Nestled in Eastern Washington, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s amazing vineyards produce wine in unique growing conditions that, in the words of head winemaker Bob Bertheau, help Chateau Ste. Michelle “grow world-class fruit and make wines of character, complexity and quality.” Rated 93 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the Artist Series trio has a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. As reviewer Jeb Dunnuck notes; “graphite, plums, black currants and smoked herbs all emerge from this full-bodied, impeccably balanced, layered blend that will keep for 15 years or more.”

Donor: Chateau Ste. Michelle

 

SILENT LOT 134

One bottle [750ml] Joseph Phelps 2003 “Backus Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated this wine 98 points: “The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard, from the red soils of the Oakville Corridor and eastern hillsides overlooking Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry, blueberry, crushed rock and white flower aromas soar from the glass of this stunningly rich, full-bodied wine. One of the most concentrated and potentially long-lived wines of the vintage, it is unquestionably a candidate for wine of the vintage. It is richer and more backward than the Insignia, but stunningly multidimensional, built like a skyscraper, and staggeringly profound. Wow! What an amazing wine. Forget it for another 4-5 years and drink it over the following quarter century. For statisticians, the 2003 Insignia finished with 14.4% alcohol and the Backus, 14.3%. 98+.”

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse

 

SILENT LOT 135

Two bottles [750mL] Greenock Creek 2015 Alice’s Block Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

The grapes for this wine are picked from a single estate vineyard on Greenock Creek’s Roennfeldt Road property where the vines are around 80 years old. The wine is left to mature in barrels (all new French hogsheads) for a total of 36 months and then bottled. It is usually not filtered or fined prior to bottling, and is then left in bottle to mature for another 24 months.

The 2015 Alice’s Block Shiraz exudes aromas of smoke, asphalt, meat, game, truffle, and blueberry soar from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied Shiraz is velvety-textured, layered, spicy, and richly fruity. It has enough structure to evolve for several years and should drink well through 2025 – 96 points, Robert Parker.

Donor: Nye Simmons

 

SILENT LOT 136

One double magnum [3L] Duckhorn Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has established itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley Wines. Including a spread of seven estate vineyards throughout Napa Valley and its surrounding areas, Duckhorn is committed to quality and consistency in order to produce its world-class wines.

Rated 85 points on Wine Spectator, this Cabernet Sauvignon delightfully balances the flavors of fruit, oak, and tannis, while giving the lovely aromas of black raspberry, red currant, vanilla bean and milk chocolate.

Donor: Knoxville Beverage Company

 

SILENT LOT 137

One bottle [750mL] Spottswode 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Spottswoode has been a great supporter and friend to the KMA! If you attending L’Amour du Vin in 2013 you’ll remember Beth Novak Milliken, Lindy Novak and their late mother Mary Weber Novak, who shared their wonderful wines with us. Beth has returned this year as a Co-Featured Vintner and in her honor Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse offer this excellent vintage of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated 95 by Robert Parker, he describes: Deep bluish purple with notes of blackberry and cassis and charcoal followed by a soft, velvety textured, opulent and full-bodied wine that seems to be approaching full maturity. It is interesting, this wine is far more evolved, and on a faster evolutionary track than the 2001 or 2002. Nevertheless it is a beauty, loaded, layered and impressive. It must be one of the top 2003s. Drink it over the next 20-some years.”  Rated 92 by Wine Spectator’s James Laube.

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse

 

SILENT LOT 138

One bottle [750mL] Château La Conseillante, 2000 Bordeaux, Pomerol, France

The leading wine estate in the Pomerol district of Bordeaux, Château La Conseillante dates back to the mid-18th Century, when it was managed by Catherine Conseillan, whom it was named after. Since, 1871, the Nicolas family has owned this estate and worked on its modern winemaking facilities, of which include a spectacular oval vat hall with new epoxy-lined, temperature-controlled concrete vats varying in size to correspond to plots in the vineyard. Robert Parker gives this savory red classic wine a rating of 96 points. This 2000 vintage, pure and elegant, is the wine you weren’t even aware that you were dreaming about.

Donor: Dee and Jimmy Haslam

 

SILENT LOT 139

Three bottles [750mL] of Silver Oak 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Silver Oak is a long-time favorite of L’Amour du Vin patrons – big and bold, always great to share with friends. James Laube of Wine Spectator rated it 89 points. From the winery: “Our 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, elegant expression of this classic appellation from a cooler vintage. It has a deep garnet color and an enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate starts with a berry-laden attack, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine grained, well integrated tannins.”

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

 LOTS CLOSING AT 7:05 PM

 SILENT LOT 201

Three bottles of Vineyard Brands 2015 Miraval Rosé, one each: double magnum [3L], magnum [1.5L], and split [375mL].

This is one star-studded lot. Chateau Miraval is a joint venture between Famille Perin and Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Chateau Miraval Winery is tucked away in its own private valley, nestled in the first organic village in France, Correns. Miraval’s exclusive valley location embodies exceptional soil expression, climate, and rich history of the land, all which play a crucial role in making their wine top-notch. Rated 91 points on Wine Enthusiast, this Rosé is crisp and precise, catching your eye with its gorgeous pale pink color, drawing you in with its delicate aromas, and leaving you with a long lasting fruity finish.

Donor: Vineyard Brands

 

SILENT LOT 202

One night stay for two at Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton, Oregon; PLUS tour and tasting.

Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. But the journey to Oregon began in the Bourbon country of Lexington, Kentucky. Exposed to fine wines from regions around the world waiting tables to put himself through school, Ken Wrights’ passion became avocation when he left the Bluegrass State attend enology and viticulture classes at UC-Davis. Friends from the Willamette Valley piqued Wrights’ interest in the region when they would visit, and a trip to the Dundee Hills in 1982 convinced him that this was where the finest Pinot noir in North America was being grown. In 1986, the family moved and his concept of focusing on vineyard-designate bottling began during those years at Panther Creek and was cemented as a core philosophy in 1994 when Ken Wright Cellars was founded in historic downtown Carlton.

The winner of this lot will stay in beautifully furnished loft in downtown Carlton. Centrally located with private entrance the loft has a kitchenette with complimentary breakfast items and light snacks. One bedroom, one bath (sleeps two).

Ken and his wife Karen have been very involved in a 20-year plan for improvements to the historic downtown area and you will reap the benefits! Vintage street lamps line Main Street, and the town’s train station that was built in 1921 has been restored and now houses the tasting room for Ken Wright Cellars and Tyrus Evan (Wright’s additional label focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc).

Gift certificate not accepted for major holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Labor day, & Thanksgiving weekend). Expires March 1, 2018.

Donor: Ken Wright Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 203

One bottle [3.0L] Spring Valley Vineyard 2009 Uriah Red

Located in the northern part of Walla Walla valley in Walla Walla, Washington, Spring Valley Vineyard’s holds deep roots and a history dating back to the mid 1800s, when current vineyard owner Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum began farming in the area. What once was steady success for Uriah was completely lost in the great depression of 1893. But the land was preserved and he acquired what is now known as Spring Valley, in 1910. The first grapes were planted in 1993, first vintage produced in 1999, and the legacy of Spring Valley Vineyards has been passed down ever since.

Rated 93 on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Spring Valley’s 2009 Uriah Red exudes a deep, layered, profile of black currants, cherry, licorice, herb, and chocolate.
Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Reinhold Mann

 

SILENT LOT 204

Four bottles Patz & Hall: 2015 Hudson Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay, 2014 Bootlegger’s Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2013 Gap’s Crown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, and 2013 Moses-Hall Carneros Pinot Noir.

Patz & Hall is a remarkable winery that produces small-batch, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.  It has been named one of the “Top Wineries in the World” by Wine & Spirits Magazine six times – their wines are always fantastic.

The 2015 Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay is not yet rated, but the previous two vintages brought in 95 and 90 points, plus rave reviews if that’s any indication! Of the 2014 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, Robert Park said: “the wine has hints of subtle pineapple, honeysuckle, green apple skin and citrus oil. It is medium-bodied and refreshing, with terrific fruit purity and a ripe, medium to full-bodied palate with zesty acidity.” He gave it 91 points. Wine Enthusiast also awarded a 91 rating.

The 2013 Pinot Noirs are fantastic – Gap’s Crown Sonoma Coast received the following ratings: Robert Parker 91+, Stephen Tanzer 92+, Wine Enthusiast 93. The Moses-Hall Carneros is equally powerful and memorizing. Don’t let these bottles slip away!

Donor: Patz & Hall

 

SILENT LOT 205

“His and Her” Beauty Package from Spa Visage and Frank’s Barbershop

Indulge yourselves from Knoxville’s best spa and barbershop. For the lady a “Beauty Inside & Out” package from Spa Visage that includes a Swedish massage, visage facial, spa manicure and pedicure, and a healthy lunch (4.5 hours).  For the gentleman a Frank’s Classic cut and shave from Frank’s Barbershop.

Donor: Spa Visage, Frank’s Barbershop

 

SILENT LOT 206

Bennett Galleries & Company offers a unique and elegant wine chiller and wine holder by award-winning Indian-born San Francisco artist Nima Oberoi.

Nima Oberoi is known for her luxurious contemporary designs and combines her talent for combining artistic modernism with the traditional craftsmanship of her past.  Gift & Decorative Accessories magazine recently awarded her a “Top Ten Visionaries of Our Industry” award.

This beautifully designed and coordinating wine chiller & wine holder are crafted of ceramic and metal, and topped with the artist’s touch of whimsy with a bird motif.  Artist bio included for the winning bidder.

Donor: Bennett Galleries & Company

 

SILENT LOT 207

One magnum [1.5L] of PEJU 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, PLUS gift certificate for a PEJU Terrace experience (tour and tasting for up to 4 guests).

Nestled in the Napa Valley, located on an idyllic estate in the renowned Rutherford appellation lies the Peju Family Winery. Established in 1983, family owned and operated, Peju has transformed from a single grape growing venture into a landmark winery.You will receive a signed magnum of the 2013 Cabernet; a classic cabernet with aromas of ripe dark cherry and vanilla. This rich, ruby wine features supple tannins complemented by flavors of juicy forest berries, California almonds and molasses. It is beyond delicious now and will continue to mature for the next 5-7 years. If this isn’t a special enough treat (& it is) you will also be awarded a certificate for a Peju Terrace experience for up to four guests, which includes a tour and tasting. The winery is home to lush gardens, distinctive architecture, and a tasting room offering world-class hospitality & culinary experiences. Do not let this unique and fantastic lot slip away!

Donor: PEJU

 

SILENT LOT 208

One-night stay at the historic Tapoco Lodge in Western North Carolina, plus dinner at Tapoco’s River Grill

Situated on 120 acres, 60 miles southeast of Knoxville, in the lush mountain region of the Nantahala National Forest on the banks of the cascading Cheoah River, Tapoco is well known for its hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking. Its proximity to the world famous Dragon makes it a favorite destination for motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts. This package includes a $50 credit for use at Tapoco River Grill. Stay is subject to availability.

Donor: Historic Topoco Lodge

 

SILENT LOT 209

One double magnum [3 L] Keenan 2011 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District, Keenan Winery

The Keenan Winery in Napa Valley is based on the historic acreage of the former Peter Conradi Winery. Robert Keenan started the production of world class wines in 1974. The Mayacamas mountain range with its challenging environment has the perfect conditions to create wines of pure flavors. Special types of soil and steep slopes are the base for outstanding vintages.

Since 1998 the Winery is not only known for its great wines but also for their sustainable way of farming. In addition their solar power system provides the whole estate with energy. For their efforts the Napa Valley Vintners valued them as a “green” winery.

With the 2011 Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District you will enjoy a highly centered wine and simultaneously acquire a clear, green conscience. Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate rated wine 90 points: “taste the intense berry and flowery flavors with a special dish like pork tenderloin and roasted vegetables. The complexity and a medium finish will satisfy your palate.”

Donor: Keenan Winery

 

SILENT LOT 210

One magnum [1.5L] Buccella 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

This bottle has a sweet history like its underlying flavors. The owners, Bill and Alicia Deem, met on a first date sharing a bottle of 1990 Gaja, fueling a fire and a passion to start their own winery and a life together. And so the story goes; they now fly back and forth between Napa and Pennsylvania (she is a nurse and he is a contractor) overseeing their flourishing vineyard. “Buccella” means mouthful in Latin, perfect for the winery’s large and bountiful power-punch of taste. Their label is an artistic rendering of a “tastevin,” a traditional petite silver glass used for sampling, continuing the theme of the ideal sip. The vintners describe their wine as full of berries and the delicious undertones of dark chocolate, tobaccos and vanilla, certainly a treat for the palette; rated 96 by Robert Parker. Please delight yourselves in this couples hard work and enjoy the fruits of their labor and love.

Donor: Buccella

 

SILENT LOT 211

One magnum [1.5L] Arietta Wine “20th Anniversary” H Block Hudson Vineyards, Oakville

This 2014 Arietta red wine was named to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the winery’s first harvest. One of 60 bottles ever made, this rare and exquisite wine has a highly distinctive blend of 63% Cabernet Franc and 37% Merlot. Rated 94 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Parker states that this is a “young, promising and youthful wine – elegance and power are combined in a deep ruby/purple wine with notes of forest floor, white flowers, blueberry, raspberry and firm tannin, but it is well-integrated and the wine medium to full-bodied with an almost ethereal delicacy when it moves across the palate.”

Donor: Fritz & Caren Hatton, Arietta Wine

 

SILENT LOT 212

One bottle [1.5L] Dakota Shy Moulds Family Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon PLUS lunch and wine tasting for 8 guests at the Napa Valley Estate accompanied by proprietor Todd Newman.

Grown out of the passion for wine of two friends and colleagues, Todd Newman and Tom Garrett, Dakota Shy vineyards creates some of the best wines Napa Valley has to offer. With a commitment to excellence, the team at Dakota Shy crafts wines of substance and luxury, not to mention a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense, rich, and yet totally elegant, this wine will be enjoyed through and through. Robert Parker gave this vintage 88 points.

Accompanying this spectacular bottle of wine is an exclusive opportunity. Enjoy a private lunch and wine tasting for eight guests at the Dakota Shy Napa Valley Estate accompanied by proprietor Todd Newman. The dates are mutually agreeable and expire March 4, 2018.

Donor: Dakota Shy Winery

 

SILENT LOT 213

Six bottle [750mL] vertical of Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot: 2007-2012

Merlot lovers – this is the lot for you! In honor of one of this year’s Featured Vintners Suzanne Pride Bryan, donor Jim Mason is offering a spectacular vertical of Pride Mountain Merlot, which sources from both Napa and Sonoma appellations.

The 2007 is 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon; multi-layered, opens with a big, perfumery nose and features red raspberry, plum, black and maraschino cherries and brown sugar; rated 92 by Wine Advocate. The 2008 is 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon; black and red cherry notes, plum, currant and spice; rated 90 by Wine Advocate. The 2009 is 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, and 0.5% Cabernet Franc; per Steve Pride: a knockout nose of sweet dark cherry, violets, poppy seed cake and the subtle hint of mahogany chest; silky and round in the mouth; rated 90 by Stephen Tanzer. The 2010 is 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; per Stephen Tanzer who rated it 92: “at once sweet and precise, with captivating inner-mouth floral perfume to the firm-edged flavors of dark berries, graphite and fresh herbs.” The 2011 is 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon; the palate is layered and lush, expressing undulating waves of red fruit woven together by a rich mid-palate and vibrant acidity; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast. And finally, the 2012 is 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon; swirling aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry, sandalwood and cocoa powder … followed by a palate bursting with fruit, and a full, round texture that balances density against liveliness through just the right amount of acidity; rated 90 by Wine Advocate. All of these items are sold out!

This is the second time Pride Mountain Vineyards has supported the Knoxville Museum of Art as the Featured Winery of L’Amour du Vin and many LDV patrons are avid fans – so, let’s bid!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 214

Six bottles [750mL] of Rombauer Vineyards 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the relationship between food and wine. This stemmed from Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer who authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.

Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-five years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family.

In words of Robert Parker, who gave the wine 88 points: “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot, has an inky purple color and a relatively good-sized framework, with plenty of blackcurrant fruit, toasty oak, underbrush and earth…. drink it over the next decade.”

Donor: Rombauer Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 215

One magnum [1.5L] Caymus 2012 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Caymus is consistently one of California’s best Cabs. You will not find a vintner with more enthusiasm and passion than owner/winemaker Charlie “Chuck” Wagner. He and his wife Lorna purchased land near the family farm in 1941 where they planted fruit orchards and wine grapes. It wasn’t long before Chuck pulled out the entire orchard to plant Pinot Noir and a clone of Cabernet Sauvignon acquired from Stags Leap grower Nathan Fay. Caymus introduced their first “Special Selection” Cabernet in 1975 and hasn’t stopped since. The wine has collected many accolades, including being the only wine to twice be selected “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator (in 1989 and 1994). Parker rates this 2012 Cab 96 points; James Laube of Wine Spectator gave it 94. Both agree this can be drunk now or cellared for the next 10 years.

Donor: Bob’s Liquor and Wine, Bob and Karen Gilbertson

 

SILENT LOT 216

Six bottles [750mL] of Cliff Lede 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

To say that this Cab rocks, is quite literal. To be sure Cliff Lede produces high quality, big cabernets. But the interesting story behind these has to do with the plots that the grapes are sourced from within their vineyards. They are all named after rock songs such as “Born to be Wild,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Layla.”  Something of a Rock aficionado, Cliff Lede named the different plots in his vineyards after rock songs when he replanted them in 2002. And critics agree that this cabernet rocks. Robert Paker rated it 93 and both Antonio Galloni and

Wine Spectator rated it 90.  All agree that it can be drunk over the next 10 – 15 years. Rock on!

Donor: David and Lisa Reath

 

SILENT LOT 217

Twelve bottles [750mL] Russian Chapel Hill Wines, Columbus, North Carolina; two each: 2014 Chambourcin, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Rosé, 2015 Muscadine, 2015 Chardonnay, two 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.

Formerly known as Green Creek Vineyards, Russian Chapel Hill Winery is passionate about producing quality wines with a close relationship to raw material. The winery produces local wine with the “flavor of Carolina soil” and is committed to developing a heritage of fine viticulture.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 14 months at French oak barrels and 6 months in the bottles, proves its elegance with succulent fruit flavors, complexity, and soft tannins. The Rosé will welcome summer with a fresh taste that livens up your spirit with notes of strawberry and rhubarb. Russian Chapel Hill’s Muscadine exudes the unique flavor of Carolina soil and is delicately sweet. The Chardonnay is a great accompany for different food and has a unique butterscotch flavor to balance the acidity in the wine. The Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with white meat as well as fish and seafood and is round and mineral driven with flavors off pear and hits of herbs.

Donor: Russian Chapel Hill Winery/ Andrey Medvedev

 

 SILENT LOT 218

One magnum [1.5L] Hudson 2013 Syrah, Napa Valley, Carneros; plus LUNCH with private tour and tasting for six.

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley’s Carneros District, one of the finest winegrowing regions in the world, Hudson Vineyards wines are complex and distinct, not to mention each wine is made by hand. The vineyard states that “the cooling breezes off the Bay of San Francisco allow the grapes a longer hang time in which to develop flavor and intensity, without sacrificing acidity and true balance.” This lot is a special one indeed, as the Hudson 2013 Syrah is one of only about 20 bottles made. It earned an amazing 95 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and is velvety, lush, and alluring. Accommodating this unique bottle is a private tour and tasting with lunch for six. Expires March 2018 and the date must be mutually beneficial.

About the bottle from Hudson: “it is very limited – we only make about 20 of these!!”

Donor: Hudson

 

SILENT LOT 219

An overnight stay for two guests at Christopher Place Resort, a select registry resort in Newport with the longest running AAA four-diamond resort rating in Eastern Tennessee. 

Christopher Place is an intimate get-away Smoky Mountain resort, just a short drive from Knoxville, with breathtaking views of the mountains, just outside your room.  Package includes a four-course dinner with a bottle of Champagne and breakfast.  Enjoy the outside pool and indoor sauna, fireplace, candlelight dining Smoky Mountain style, gorgeous mountain views, and much more! This  mountain retreat awaits you just a short drive away.

Donor: Christopher Place Resort

 

SILENT LOT 220

Two magnums [1.5L] Labor of Love, one each: 2009 + 2011

Owned by Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward, Behrens Family Winery has been making wine under the Behrens & Hitchcock label since 1993 and is a boutique winery in the truest sense. These incredible hand crafted wines are genuinely a labor of love, hence the name of this Proprietary Red Blend. The 2011 vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon as well as 9% Petit Verdot. Elegant and fragrant, this exquisite wine pops with flavors of berries, plums, and spices. Antonio Galloni rated it 94. Robert Parker rated the 2011 (89-92). Complex, layered and aromatic, these wines are of high quality you don’t want to miss.

Donor: Behrens Family Winery

 

SILENT LOT 221

Three bottles [750mL] La Jota Vineyard Company 2013 W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot in wooden box

La Jota Vineyard Co. overlooks Napa Valley from high upon Howell Mountain. The volcanic soils, elevation and climate of this unique site yield wines of great fruit intensity, structure and aging potential.

In 1888 William S. Keyes, son of Civil War hero General Erasmus Keyes, planted what La Jonta Vineyard now call the W.S. Keyes Vineyard. In the words of dedicated winemaker Chris Carpenter: “An exceptional year, 2013 was filled with long, moderately warm days with plenty of sunshine and had very little in the way of anomalous weather events. As a result, the wines from this vintage represent the perfect balance of flavor, structure, and acidity that defines Howell Mountain. With the release of the 2013 W.S. Keyes Merlot, we hope you are inspired by the history that inspires us and by the weight, depth, and power of this truly singular wine.” This vintage earned 94 points from Robert Parker and will drink for the next 10-15+ years.

Donor: Spire Collection

 

SILENT LOT 222

One magnum [1.5L] Leonetti Cellar 2013 Hand painted & etched Reserve PLUS Spot on the closed Leonetti Cellar List

The lucky winning bidder of this item will bypass the four-year waiting list and be placed directly onto the coveted Leonetti Cellar Mailing List. Once placed on the mailing list, the winning bidder will have access to order up to three cases during Leonetti Cellar’s wine release every spring. Also included is a hand painted and etched 2013 Bordeaux Blend reserve. Rated 94 by Stephen Tanzer on Vinous: “Compellingly sweet and fine-grained, with deep black cherry and dark berry flavors complicated by an element of Belgian chocolate that carries through the very long, building finish. Tannins saturate the palate and cheeks.”

Donor: Leonetti Cellar

 

SILENT LOT 223

One bottle [750mL] Château Trotanoy Pomerol 1981 Red Bordeaux Blend, France

Château Trotanoy vineyards was first planted in 1761 and can produce some of the finest wines in the Pomerol appellation. Bordeaux Pomerol wines are rich, decadent reds, with notes of chocolate, dark cherry, plums and spice, soft tannins and elegance courtesy of the Merlot grape. They are complex and age well. Of this 1981, Wine Spectator published: “Nearly as great as the legendary ’82 Trotanoy. Incredibly silky with great color and subtle perfumes of violets, tobacco and chocolate that follow through on the palate. It’s full-bodied but reserved. Great backbone of tannins.” Received at 94 rating.

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse

 

SILENT LOT 224

Six bottle vertical library collection [750mL] Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005-2010 in wooden box

Modeled after a first-growth Bordeaux, Jordan has continued to pursue ever higher greatness with its Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon over four decades. Every vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted with a focus on striking a perfect balance between beautiful fruit, silky tannins and a lingering finish. It is this delicate balance—all done by taste—that allows for the gradual, graceful evolution of Jordan’s Cabernet Sauvignon in bottle. Renowned for our consistency of quality vintage after vintage, Jordan has remained one of the most popular wines on the best U.S. restaurant wine lists for decades.

This lot includes a vertical of 2005 to 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker rated the vintages: 2005 – 83; 2006 – 84; 2007 – 86; 2008 – 89; 2009 – 87; 2010 – 88. This is an excellent lot to collect or to drink now; Jordan’s wines are very food friendly!

Donor: Jordan

 

SILENT LOT 225

One magnum [1.5L] Buoncristiani 2011 “Library” Cabernet Sauvignon, only 20 cases bottled large format, signed by brothers/partners.

Buoncristiani Family Winery is a collaboration of four brothers, Matt, Jay, Aaron & Nate, born into a wine-loving Italian family in the Napa Valley. Every harvest the brothers worked alongside their dad in the small vineyards he tended, learning how to tend the vineyard and craft wine for family and friends to share.

These early hands-on experiences reinforced in each of the brothers a desire to pursue educational and professional opportunities that would enable them to one day make world-class wines.  In 1999 the brothers commercially founded Buoncristiani Family Winery and have been producing highly-sought-after Napa Valley wines ever since.

The Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon series has been rated from 92 to 98 by Robert Parker. These consistent ratings no doubt stem from the brothers pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, and art design.  The Buoncristiani brothers’ motto is quality not quantity and they craft their wines without compromise. Handcrafting these limited production wines allows for the utmost attention to detail of every drop of every gallon in each barrel.

Donor: Buoncristiani Family Winery

 

SILENT LOT 226

Two bottles [750mL] of Vintage Port: Dow 1985 & Taylor’s 1977, Portugal; PLUS $200 for dinner at RPM Restaurant in Chicago

This exceptional lot contains two fantastic vintage ports hailing all the way from Portugal; Europe’s fourth largest wine producing region and home to the most famous port wines. Made by stopping the fermentation with brandy, port wine yields a sweet and heavy result, often dense, rich and high in alcohol. Portugal’s wine industry holds close to tradition, remaining entrenched in age-old winemaking techniques.

Earning 92 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this classic 1985 Dow contains hints of cloves, raisin, and a touch of fig. Taylor’s 1977 Port earned a whopping 97 points on Wine Spectator and holds a rich, medium-sweet, complex and spicy flavor that has been improving for decades.

These two vintage ports are sure to wow any dinner guest, be sinfully savored alone, or stow away for later. After all, these ports have been maturing for decades and have the ability to go on for many more years, collecting maturity and flavor that is sure to shock your senses.

Getting hungry after all this talk about vintage ports? Lucky for you this lot also contains four coveted gift cards to Italian restaurant RPM. Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Italian boasts a comprehensive menu chocked full of Italian classics and including more than a dozen fresh pastas made in-house daily, slow roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, and celebrated Italian classics with an elevated twist.

Donor: Rob and June Heller

 

SILENT LOT 227

One magnum [1.5L] Schug Carneros Estate Winery bubbly PLUS Private Tour and Tasting for up to 6, including Gourmet Cheeses

Schug Carneros Estate Winery is situated on a 50-acre site in the Carneros Appellation, south-west of the town of Sonoma. Vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay surround the winery, while other grapes are bought in from highly respected and experienced growers.

Enjoy a private tour of the caves and tasting with cheese for up to 6. The drive to the tasting room goes through the vineyards and rose borders to where the winery building is tucked into a hillside containing underground barrel caves. Behind the German style post-and-beam building, there is a vista point with a 360º view of the surrounding area and the opportunity to see as far as Mount Diablo on a clear day. Walking tours are available. This is the perfect addition to your next Sonoma trip!

Donor: Schug Carneros Estate Winery

 

SILENT LOT 228

One magnum [1.5L] Bell Wine Cellars 2013 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville; including Grape-to-Glass tour and tasting for two.

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Bell Wine Cellars is a family-owned artisanal winery dedicated to hand crafting limited edition bottlings of extraordinary wines that reflect the quality of their vineyards and the integrity of their growers.  Each bottle presents the unique flavor and personality generated by nurturing each vine. With an averaging score of 90, the wine exhibits rich notes of black cherry and crushed herbs. The rich garnet color is accompanied by supple tannins and good acidity. Explore the breath-taking scenery of the Yountville vineyard and learn the basics of winemaking! The Grape-to-Glass tour also includes a seasonal selection of several wines accompanied by artisan cheeses.

Donor: Bell Wine Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 229

Ralph Lauren Beveled Crystal Pedestal Vase

Gift & Gourmet provides interior design decorating services as well as gifts and furniture, offering one of the largest high-end furniture show room galleries in the Southeast. This Ralph Lauren beveled crystal pedestal vase would be a beautiful addition to any room and is sure to impress your guests again and again. Don’t miss out!
Donor: Gift & Gourmet Interior

 

SILENT LOT 230

One magnum [1.5L] Staglin Family Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1985, Staglin Family Vineyard is passionate about the tradition of family ownership and is committed to farming the vineyard organically in order to produce world-class wines.

Rated 95-97 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this Cabernet Sauvignon has an exotic medley of black raspberry, black currant, and cranberry. The 2013 vintage saw a spectacular growing year of nearly ideal conditions led to an even better wine. Make sure to take advantage of it!

Donor: Staglin Family Vineyard

 

SILENT LOT 231

One double magnum [3L] 2000 Domaine du Pegau-Chateauneuf du Page Reserve

No other country quite compares to France when it comes to wine. Set apart by its quality and diversity, one can only really appreciate its rarities by tasting. This particular wine is a Rhone Blend. Rhone is a region of the southeast of France and the starting place of countless fabulous and legendary wines.

Jeb Dunnuck of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rates this wine with 92 points, and boasts of it. “Fully mature, with a ruby/amber color that shows some lightening at the rim, it offers classic Pegau garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and wild herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless and resolved profile on the palate. It still has a core of sweet fruit and is drinking nicely now.”

Donor: Mary Beth and Joe Browder

 

SILENT LOT 232

One magnum [1.5L] Gandona Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

The legacy of Gandona Estate goes all the way back to a young Manuel Pires, growing up in Portugal and spending his summers in the famed region of Douro. It was here that he promised himself he would one day dedicate his life to working the land and producing wine. Deeply entrenched in tradition, Manuel and his wife Christina are passionate about incorporating a touch of Portugal into Gandona Estate. By producing authentic Port-style wines and incorporating classic Portuguese decorative street pavement around their estate, Manuel pays homage to the land that built his passion. Rated 94 points by Robert Parker, this luscious and earthy Cabernet Sauvignon is just waiting for you to take a sip.

Donor: Gandona Estate

 

SILENT LOT 233

One magnum [1.5L] Ovid Vineyards 2013 Hexameter, Napa Valley

Ovid Winery derives its named from the Roman poet Ovid, who lived from 43 BC – 17 AD and wrote on the celebration of transformation and change. Ovid aims to embody this classical theme in everything they do. They admire the art and culture of the Romans and are continually inspired by it as they work to produce excellent wines. Ranking 97 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, reviewer Antonio Galloni boasts of Ovid’s 2013 vintage… “it is conceivable to see the Hexameter becoming one of the great wines in Napa Valley, and I don’t use those words lightly. Texturally dazzling, there is little doubt the 2009 is world-class all the way.”

Donor: Ovid Napa Valley

 

SILENT LOT 234

One magnum [1.5L] 2014 Pulido-Walker Cabernet Sauvignon, Panek Vineyard

Proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker dedicate their craft to reaching perfection in winemaking. Their perseverance and detail in their work is unparalleled; yielding exceptional results worth waiting for. Embodying the mantra “pursue the possible”, Pulido-Walker deeply understands the significance of patience in their work in order to produce something extraordinary. Having been released so recently, the 2014 vintage has not yet been rated. But, based on past vintages of this exceptional Cab, it’s sure to be another killer vintage you won’t want to miss out on.

Donor: Mark Pulido & Donna Walker

 

SILENT LOT 235

Four bottles [750mL] of Aubert 2014 Chardonnay. One each: “Eastside” Russian River Valley; “Hudson” Carneros; “UV-SL” Sonoma Coast; Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Owner/winemaker Mark Aubert grew up in Napa wine country where his parents owned a vineyard. After getting a degree from University of California at Fresno in 1985 he worked at Monticello. A chance meeting with winemaker Helen Turley launched his distinguished winemaking career which included a 12 year stint at Peter Michael where he followed Helen Turley and was appointed head winemaker at 28 years old. Aubert succeeded Turley again several years later at Colgin Cellars. Aubert has been a winemaking consultant for several prestigious wineries including Sloan, Bryant and Futo. He launched his own brand in 1999 and his vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays quickly received critical acclaim.

Robert Parker rated the three single designate wines with 98, 95, and 96 points respectively. He stated: “Mark Aubert continues to set the bar incredibly high for the world-class quality of his Burgundian-styled, remarkable Chardonnays, which come from relatively cool sites spread from Rutherford in Napa Valley to the far reaches of the Sonoma Coast. As I indicated last year, Aubert is at the top of his game, and it is hard to believe any Chardonnay winemaker in the world is turning out a half-dozen Chardonnays at this qualitative level year in and year out.” What more do you need to know?

Donor: Melissa J. Burleson

 

SILENT LOT 236

Morning’s First Kiss, 24×24” framed 1st edition Nye Simmons Print, plus copy of Blue Ridge Parkway Celebration

Foggy mornings in Cades Cove are special — haunting, moody, ethereal — and evanescent. The light is constantly changing even when you think it is static. When, and if, the sun breaks through, a fleeting magical moment may occur, and occasionally a photographer is there to share it. This morning in the spring of 2014 held great promise as there was blue sky above the fog, and it was only a matter of time.  The moment however, when it happened, felt rushed, as it often does. Quick, find a compelling composition that takes advantage of the light, setup, compose, make the image. This is “Iron Chef” on steroids. Go ahead, create something; you have two minutes. Out of these moments, an image emerged — the first kiss of light — “First Kiss.” And then, as quickly as a first kiss passes, the moment is gone, yet here frozen in time.

Signed 1st edition print of photograph taken by Nye Simmons. The archival mount with protective laminate requires no glass. The included book to be signed and personally endorsed to buyer.

Nye Simmons is the author or co-author of 6 books including Blue Ridge Parkway Celebration, Blue Ridge Parkway, An Extraordinary Journey Among the World’s Oldest Mountains (with Jerry Greer), Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tennessee Wonder and Light, the Smoky Mountains Photographer’s Guide (with Bill Campbell), Great Smoky Mountains Wonder and Light (with Jerry Greer and Bill Lea); he was a contributing writer-photographer for the Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography. He has been published in various regional and national magazines including National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic Traveler.

Donor: Nye Simmons

 

SILENT LOT 237

Six bottles [750mL] Kosta Browne 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Kosta Browne has been making wines for over 20 years, and nearly perfected their craft. With rocky beginnings and continued commitment to quality, Kosta Browne is proud of the journey that tells their story. Rated 93 points by Robert Parker, this exceptional lot of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir pulls together flavors of dark cherries, plum and licorice that give it a decadent finish. The 2012 vintage saw a year of great conditions that led to exceptional wine. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a mixture of four different Kosta Browne vineyards and is both elegant and complex. Other ratings include: Stephen Tanzer – 91 and James Laube – 92.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 238

Private chef service for a six-person, four-course dinner party prepared by Chef Kevin Green 

Kevin Green was born and raised in Knoxville and has been cooking professionally for over 10 years. His recent work experience includes Nashville’s 4-Star Capitol Grille at the Historic Hermitage Hotel, Ruby Tuesday Corporate, and several local clients. He currently works as a personal chef in Knoxville and its surrounding areas offering a convenient and healthy, dining out alternative with his prepared meal service. In addition, he also does in-home dinner parties and small events like the one he’ll prepare for the winning bidder of this lot. Kevin Green will do the shopping, cooking, and serving – you’ll select the menu, the place, the décor. Cost of food, drinks, and wait staff are not included (average food cost for 6 guests is $215-$325 depending on menu selected). Expires March 2018.

Donor: Chef Kevin Green, Personal Chef Service

 

SILENT LOT 239

One magnum [1.5L] Knights Bridge Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, plus private food and wine pairing for 6 in the historic Calistoga National Bank building.

In 2006, several close-knit family members discovered 50 acres of hillside vineyards in Knights Valley, the perfect spot to produce exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Knights Bridge vineyard is nestled on the pristine west side of Knights Valley, the warmest appellation in Sonoma County. It was here that the family created Knights Bridge Winery with the singular goal of producing world-class wines.

About the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from James Laube, who gave it 92 points: “Full-bodied and beautifully proportioned, offering a rich, ripe core of cherry, plum and blackberry that is elegant and intense, with firming tannins and a long, persistent finish. Should develop for years.” Robert Parker rated it 91.

Also included with this lot is a tasting of library wines at Knights Bridge winery in the historic Calistoga National Bank Building. Small bite pairings prepared by renowned Napa Valley Chef Sarah Scott. Your tasting will include Cabernet Sauvignon from their Knights Valley vineyard and the esteemed Beckstoffer vineyards of To Kalon and Dr. Crane.

Donor: Knights Bridge

 

SILENT LOT 240

Chef’s five-course tasting dinner for six guests with wine pairings at the Northshore Brasserie

Sit back, relax, and let Northshore Brasserie executive Chef Joe Cunningham prepare an exclusive seasonally inspired dinner with wine pairings for you and some very lucky friends! Since opening in 2005 Northshore Brasserie has become one of Knoxville’s premier destinations for casual French/Belgium dining. This is truly a unique opportunity and will be a night to remember. Date restrictions may apply based on availability. Gratuity not included. Expires March 4, 2018.

Donor: Northshore Brasserie; Brian and Stephanie Balest

 

SILENT LOT 241

One Deluxe King room for 2 nights at the Vintners Inn in beautiful Santa Rosa, California  

Situated on 92 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley, just 60 miles north of San Francisco, Vintners Inn offers travelers a central location to relax, rejuvenate and explore Sonoma County’s spectacular vineyard, coastal, and mountain destinations.

Owners Don and Rhonda Carano extend their gracious hospitality to guests and wine lovers from around the world at their four-diamond Vintners Inn, famed John Ash & Co. Restaurant, The Front Room Bar & Lounge, and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery.

The Caranos are second-generation Italian-Americans and natives of Reno, Nevada. In 1979, while searching for wines to enhance the wine lists at their Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, they were introduced to the beauty of Sonoma County and purchased a 60-acre ranch in the Alexander Valley. Realizing the area’s potential, the Caranos acquired additional vineyard land and founded Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in 1981, with the first wines bearing the Ferrari-Carano label released in 1986. In 2000, Don and Rhonda acquired Vintners Inn and the adjacent John Ash & Co. restaurant.

Package includes room and all taxes.  VIP tour and tasting at the winery, about 25 minutes north of the Inn.  Please visit the website at www.vintnersinn.com.  Any two nights, Monday – Thursday, based on availability (the website has a great calendar which will make it easy to gauge.) No blackout dates, just check for availability.

You’re welcome to use any images from the website.

Description: Situated on 92 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley, just 60 miles north of San Francisco, Vintners Inn offers leisure and business travelers alike a central location to relax, rejuvenate and explore Sonoma County’s spectacular vineyard, coastal, and mountain destinations.

Owners Don and Rhonda Carano extend their gracious hospitality to guests and wine lovers from around the world at their four-diamond Vintners Inn, famed John Ash & Co. Restaurant, The Front Room Bar & Lounge, and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery.

The Caranos are second-generation Italian-Americans and natives of Reno, Nevada. In 1979, while searching for wines to enhance the wine lists at their Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, they were introduced to the beauty of Sonoma County and purchased a 60-acre ranch in the Alexander Valley. Realizing the area’s potential, the Caranos acquired additional vineyard land and founded Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in 1981, with the first wines bearing the Ferrari-Carano label released in 1986. In 2000, Don and Rhonda acquired Vintners Inn and the adjacent John Ash & Co. restaurant.

Also included: VIP tour and tasting at the winery, about 25 minutes north of the Inn.

I’m sure I can get y’all a magnum so there is a take-home for the auction lot winner.

Donor: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

 

SILENT LOT 242

Twelve bottles [750mL] Robert Biale Vineyards, one each: 2014 “Black Chicken Vineyard” Zinfandel, Napa Valley; 2014 “Grande Vineyard, Napa Valley; 2014 “Monte Rosso Vineyard” Zinfandel Moon Mountain, Sonoma County; 2014 “Pagani Ranch Vineyard” Zinfandel, Sonoma County; 2014 “R. W. Moore Vineyard” Zinfandel, Coombsville, Napa Valley; 2014 “Bedrock Vineyard” Zinfandel, 2014 “Rockpile” Zinfandel, Rockpile AVA, Sonoma County; 2014 “Varozza Vineyard” Zinfandel, St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley; 2014 “Royal Punishers” Petite Sirah, Rutherford, Napa Valley; 2013 “EBA (Extended Barrel Age) Petite Sirah, Napa Valley; 2013 “Like Father Like Son” Petite Sirah/Syrah, Napa Valley; and 2013 “Basic Black” Proprietary Red Wine, Sonoma County.

Robert Biale Vineyards was founded in 1991 by four partners including Robert Biale. The Biale family has a long history of farming in the Napa Valley dating back to the late 1930’s after they originally immigrated from Italy. Early on, they started farming Zinfandel, making wine for themselves but also selling the grapes to a cooperative winery. Today, Zinfandel is still the primary varietal that Robert Biale is known for. This is a rare Napa winery indeed that does not produce a single Cabernet Sauvignon! However, they also make formidable Petite Sirah and a couple of proprietary blends.

Robert Parker rated the 2014s with three 93s, three 94s, and one 95 – the R. W. Moore Zinfandel which he called “one of my favorites from this stunning lineup of Zinfandels.” The 2013 “Royal Punishers” also racked up 95 points from Mr. Parker. There are takeaways from you can garner from this. First, we all know, but it needs to be reiterated, that whoever selects the wines for Aubrey’s Restaurants (hint: his name is Randy) has a superb palate and discriminating tastes. Second, Robert Biale doesn’t make any bad wine. This is a great lot for all of you who love red wine with elevated alcohol levels.

Donor: Aubrey’s Restaurants

 

SILENT LOT 243

One bottle of VGS 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley PLUS VGS Food + Wine Tasting Experience for up to 10 people.

Matthew Regan and VGS (very good shit) Chateau Potelle Winery have been long-time friends of the KMA. This offering includes the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It has juicy raspberry and blueberry fruit, medium body, and a distinctive elegance and freshness. Robert Parker gave it an 88. Also included is a tasting experience for up to 10 people. Enjoy 6 wines, each served with exquisite food bites from the famed Michelin starred La Touqe restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Donor: VGS Chateau Potelle Winery

 

SILENT LOT 244

Dinner with wine pairings for 8-10 guests at the Lonesome Dove

Have you been to the Lonesome Dove yet? If yes, then you know how special of an opportunity this is … & if you have not, then you STIll know how incredible this opportunity is!

Located in the gorgeous old Patrick Sullivan’s building on N. Central Street, Lonesome Dove is the fantastic creation of James Beard Award Nominee Chef Tim Love. Chef Love is a Texas chef whose Alma Matter happens to be the University of Tennessee. He is best known for his urban western cuisine and is the owner/executive chef of several Fort Worth-area restaurants including his flagship; Lonesome Dove. This is Tennessee’s first location and to say it is a special dining experience is a vast understatement. Prepare yourself for a delicious multi-course dinner provided by chef and his talented team, complete with wine pairings curated by Lonesome Dove’s accomplished sommelier. This will be an unforgettable evening to be treasured for years to come.

Donor: Chef Tim Love

 

SILENT LOT 245

Six bottles [750 ml] FRIAS Family Vineyard 2014 “Block Five” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

Frias Family Vineyard is situated on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Founded with its first official vintage in 1991, the winery focuses only on producing the finest estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The operation is small and family owned. In fact, owners Manuel and Maria, and their five grown children help nurturing the vines, blending, bottling and (of course) quality control.

This 2014 Block Five Cab is a beauty, according to Robert Parker who awarded it 94 points. He added: “Graphite, licorice, crème de cassis, blackberry and white flowers all jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and layered, it builds incrementally on the palate and finishes with juicy, lush fruit with sweet tannin. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.”

Donor: FRIAS Family Vineyard

 

SILENT LOT 246

Chef Matt Gallaher, owner of two of Knoxville’s favorite restaurants, Knox Mason and Emilia, will prepare a four-course dining experience for 8 in your own home.

Matt will come to your home and provide a lavish four-course gourmet dinner for you and your guests. He will shop local farmers markets and use in-season local and regional ingredients for your farm-to-table dining experience. Matt worked in the kitchen of Blackberry Farm prior to a four-year world tour of fourteen countries on four continents where he cooked for musicians and rock stars, and for two years as Executive Chef of the Tennessee Executive Residence, home to Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam. All you need is a guest list, wines from your cellar, and your table set for 8.  Chef Gallaher will do the rest! Please keep in mind that gratuity for the server is not included in the winning bid.

A mutually agreeable date between the Chef Gallaher and the winning bidder many be chosen.  Expires May 4, 2018.

Donor: Matt Gallaher, Owner of Knox Mason and Emilia

 

SILENT LOT 247

Six bottles [750mL] Coup de Foudre 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon in designer wooden box

Coup de Foudre- “The moment when “lightning strikes” or something unforgettable occurs that you want to capture forever.” John Schwartz of Coup de Foudre and his wife believe in the essence of capturing the moment and believe that wine plays a big role in commemorating special times. For the past 20 years, Coup de Foudre has been creating wines that they hope their patrons will share with the special people of their lives. Wine spectator reviewer James Laube awarded 93 points to this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and spoke highly of the wine saying, “Tightly focused and graceful, this ends with a long, lingering finish that keeps reverberating with lively flavors.”

Donor: Adrian and Mary Bailey

 

SILENT LOT 248

Two bottles of Herb Lamb Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, one magnum [1.5L] and one bottle [750mL] PLUS private tasting for 6 people.

Although Herb Lamb Vineyards did not become a brand until 1997, the grapes behind the brand were planted in 1988 on seven acre rocky hillside in the foothills of Howell Mountain in St. Helena. The first fruits of that labor arrived in 1990 from the hands of Herb and Jennifer Lamb.

With a modest crop that was sold to neighboring winemakers. Among which were winemakers Michael Trujillo and Helen Turley from Colgin Estates. Using HL Vineyards as the source for their wines and their successes producing award-winning wine from the Herb Lamb Vineyards on the label, the HL vineyard reputation was born.

The first 50 cases of HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon were met to rave reviews. Winemaker Michael Trujillo helped craft the wines and his expertise has been part of the vineyard since. They now produce 300 cases of HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon annually from the a few rows of north-east facing hillside estate vineyard.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking notes say that in the mouth, you find cranberry, cherry, dried blueberry and spices of Mexican chocolate. While not rated the following 2014 vintage brought in high remarks from Robert Parker who indicates Herb Lamb wine has always been noted for its blueberry component, touch of licorice and underbrush.

Tastings are by prior appointment, Monday through Saturday, the winning bidder will partake in a private tasting experience in Herb Lamb’s St. Helena tasting room. Enjoy current and library releases, complemented by local artisanal cheeses; expires October 2017.

Donor: Jennifer Lamb

 

SILENT LOT 249

Four-course dinner in your own home with Chef Holly Hambright for twelve guests

Holly will provide, cook, and be on-site for final prep in your own home for a four-course dinner that will not disappoint.  Holly’s culinary skills began with her Southern heritage, later tested in the kitchen of The Lord Lindsey in her early career, and were perfectly honed in her own business, Holly’s Eventful Dining. All you need is a guest list, a date from Holly, and wines from your cellar to complement each course of the menu you arrange with Holly. Please keep in mind that gratuity for the server is not included in the winning bid. Not available on the following dates: July 10-12, September 11-17, October 21-26, and November 24-December 31. Expires May 2, 2018.

Donor: Holly Hambright, Managing Partner, Holly’s Gourmet Market

 

SILENT LOT 250

Three magnum [1.5L] vertical (2009-2011) Robert Sinskey Vineyards “Marcien,” Proprietary Red, Los Carneros, Napa Valley; PLUS tour and seated tasting for 4.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards (RSV) pursues purity form dirt to bottle and is believes that organic and biodynamic grapes create living, vibrant and expressive wines. RSV has vineyards in five Carneros locations (Three Amigos, Vandal, OSR and Capa in Napa Carneros and the Scintilla Vineyard in Sonoma Carneros) with a small estate vineyard behind the winery in the Stags Leap District.

The wines included in this lot are blends of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon from RSV’s Carneros vineyards. The winery describes the cuvee as a “Right Bank” of Napa Valley wine.

Also included for four patrons: Eat, Drink RSV’s experience begins with a glass of wine and a nibble to jumpstart your taste buds. You’ll gather at the farm table in the recently renovated, beautiful tasting room. Chef’s three-course pairings are sourced organically, vegetables and fruits from the winery’s gardens; breads and pastries baked in house.

Donor: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 251

Ten bottles [750mL] classic Italian red vintages 1997 and 1999:

Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia 1999 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 1997 Merlot Toscana, Castelgiocondo Lamaione

Pratesi 1999 Carmignano

Bruno Giacosa 1999 Farolo Falletto

Fontodi 1997 Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello

Pio Cesare 1997 Barolo, Piedmont

Tenuta San Leonardo 1997 Vallagarina, Trentino/Alto Adige

Sportoletti 1999 Rosso, Umbria Villa Fidelia

Argiano1999 Toscana Solengo

Falesco 1999 Lazio Montiano

The 1997 and 1999 Italy vintages are arguably the best in half a century and these ten bottles are top-notch collector’s items. The ’97 is a particularly amazing vintage, especially for wines from Tuscany and wines from Piedmont. The three in this lot, with ratings: Fontodi 1997 Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello, Tuscany – WS 94; Pio Cesare 1997 Barolo, Piedmont – WS 95; Tenuta San Leonardo 1997 Vallagarina, Trentino/Alto Adige – WS 91.

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber

 

SILENT LOT 252

Two double magnums [3L] Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, one each: 1999 Fortuna Block and 1998 Coliseum Block.

Robert Parker gave the 1999 Fortuna Block 92 points. In Oakville, this 59 acre site on Napa Valley’s floor has ancient red volcanic soils and alluvial cobblestone from the adjoining Vaca Mountain Range. Off the Silverado Trail, this unique sloping bench produces spicy fruit with tannic backbone and then combines with the tell-tale dust that have made Napa Valley Oakville Cabernets so famous.

The Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon is vibrant and concentrated, robust, and exudes confidence and character right out the gate. Dark and intense to the rim, concentrated aromas and flavors engage the senses with a spectrum of black raspberry, currants and wild berries. The mid-palate and finish are a perfect example of great hillside Napa Cabernet – plush fruit intertwined with a perfectly framed structure leading to a never ending finish.

Donor: Carter Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 253

Two magnums [1.5L] of Futo 2012 OV|SL Napa Valley Red Wine, Oakville, PLUS Tour and Tasting for four

Futo defines the high-end boutique California Cabernet in both quality and price.In 2002 Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyard, an established vineyard since the 1908s. They added to this another parcel in 2004, and the current winery construction was completed in 2008. They also purchased a 40-acre property in the Stags Leap district in 2011, from which the lot was produced. The name Futo 5500 SLD is from the estate’s address on Silverado Trail. Since their first offering in 2004, every wine they have produced has been stellar.

99 points – per Robert Parker, who said: “The 2012 Proprietary Red Estate is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This is a drop-dead beautiful wine with an absolutely extraordinary nose of white flowers, blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice and camphor. Stunning forest floor notes also make an appearance in this ripe, full-bodied, opulent wine that is begging to be given a three-digit score. The silkiness of the tannins and the stunning purity of fruit of this unfined and unfiltered wine is simply breathtaking. This is just an incredible effort to drink now or over the next 30+ years.” Antonio Galloni gave it 93-95 points.

Donor: Futo Wines

 

SILENT LOT 254

Twelve bottles [750 mL] Martinelli Winery Zinfandel: Vellutini Ranch 2008, Jackass Hill 1999 and 2003 and Jackass Vineyard 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010.

The Martinelli Family has grown grapes in Sonoma County since the 1880’s. All of their wines are produced from estate grown grapes still farmed by the Martinelli Family.  Lee Martinelli still works Jackass Hill, the steepest vineyard included in this lot (60 degree slope!) just as his grandfather did over a century ago. Jackass Vineyard is older the Hill, being planted in 1880.  The Hill, planted in 1895 is perhaps the more famous of the two, only sourcing 600 bottles per year it is Martinelli’s most highly allocated wine. The Vellutini Ranch vineyards are bordered on the east by Jackass Hill and on the south by Jackass Vineyard, sharing the same Franciscan soil type.

Let’s get to the ratings from Robert Parker! Velluntini Ranch 2008 – 92; Jackass Hill: 1999 – RP 96, Jackass Hill 2003 – RP 96;  Jackass Vineyard 2000 – RP 94, Jackass Vineyard 2001 – RP 94; Jackass Vineyard 2002 – RP 95, Jackass Vineyard 2004 – RP 93, Jackass Vineyard 2005 – RP 96, Jackass Vineyard 2007 – RP 95, Jackass Vineyard 2006 – RP 94, Jackass Vineyard 2007 – RP 95, Jackass Vineyard 2009 – RP 94, and Jackass Vineyard 2010 – RP 88.

Donor: Steve and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 255

Twelve bottles of Bergström Wines – 3 magnums [1.5L]: 2009 Sigrid Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 de Lancelloti Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2012 Bergstrom Vineyard Pinot Noir; plus 9 bottles [750mL], three each: 2008 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Le Pre Dulcol Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2008 Bergstrom Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Leaders in sustainable farming of wine grapes in Oregon, the Bergström Family believes world-class Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley’s preeminent hillside vineyards can be achieved only through nonindustrial, artisanal winemaking. This exceptional lot includes twelve bottles of some of Bergstrom’s finest wines. Robert Parker rated each: 2008 Shea Vineyard- 94, 2008 Bergstrom Vineyard- 92, 2009 – 94, 2010 – 93, 2012 – 93 and Wine Spectator gave the Le Pre Dulcol Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir 93 points.

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 256

One magnum [1.5L] Promise Wine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon PLUS Private tasting for 6

Stephen McPherson of Promise Wine says his brand is “truly the physical manifestation of a lifelong dream that grew out of a beautiful commitment I made to my amazing wife Jennifer.” The promise he made was to fulfill his lifelong dream of making wine. What once was a “race to nowhere”, Stephen’s career has taught him to cherish his loved ones, create balance in his life, and remain passionate about what is meaningful to him; friends, family, and wine. This 2011 Cabernet perfectly mixes flavor, depth, balance and structure and earned an average score of 93 points from various reviewers and critics. Along with the wine, enjoy a private tasting for six at the Promise Estate, which is not open to the public. Certificate cannot be used on Sundays or holiday weekends; mutually agreed upon date between winery and winning bidder. Who could resist this incredible offer?

Donor: Promise Wine

 

SILENT LOT 257

A four-course wine dinner with Executive Chef David Pinckney for eight guests in the Wine Cellar at Cherokee Country Club with wines provided by Bob’s Liquor & Wine.

The winning bidder of this lot will have the pleasure of personally consulting with Executive Chef David Pinckney in designing a menu for this special evening with their guests, and Bob’s Liquor & Wines will specially select wines to pair with each of the four dinnercourses. Expires on March 4,

Donor: Chef David Pickney, Bob’s Liqour and Wine

 

SILENT LOT 258

Six bottles [750mL] Heitz Cellars 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the locals as Spring Valley. The winery has earned countless accolades for its dazzling wines every year since 1961. Their renowned vineyard-designated wines — Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon — are the highlight of the winery’s distinguished resumé.

This 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Cab was rated 88 by James Laube: “Lightly aromatic, with savory herb and bay leaf flavors, this is sleek and texturally elegant, presenting an appealing if modest array of mint- and mocha-scented currant. The tannins are supple and easygoing, making this easy to enjoy now.” He suggests drinking now through 2025.

Donor: Heitz Wine Cellars

  

SILENT LOT 259

Six bottles [750mL] Opus One 2013 Proprietary Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley (in original wood box)

“The greatest Opus ever!” according to wine critic James Suckling, a one-time editor at Wine Spectator. The 2013 offers splendid aromas of blueberry, cassis, and blackberries with highlights of rose, anise and baking spices. A creamy entry gives way to layers of complexity which unfold in the mid-palate with velvety tannins enrobing a center of concentrated black-fruit with juicy freshness. Elegantly balanced, the acidity and core structure deliver a persistent finish with hints of dark chocolate.  It promises enjoyment for decades to come. All six bottles wrapped in tissue in original pine box.

Donor: Allison Page & Connor Coffey

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