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2019 Silent Auction

An amazing line up of stays, wine dinners, and stellar wines hand-selected by vintners, sommeliers, and fine private collectors.

2019 SILENT AUCTION LOTS


SILENT LOT 101

One bottle [750mL] Domaine de Châteaumar 2009 “Secret de Nos Vignes” Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From the cellar of Christopher Place Resort in nearby Newport, is this Southern Rhône wine – Domaine de Châteaumar’s 2009 “Secret de Nos Vignes” Châteauneuf-du-Pape is solid, with tangy currant, snappy licorice and grippy briar notes all mingling together through the spice-filled finish. Rated 88 by James Suckling and perhaps a bit past its prime but there’s still time to enjoy. Ready to drink now. Only 200 cases made.

Donor: Christopher Place Resort, Newport, TN

 

SILENT LOT 102

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 103

One bottle [750mL] Drinkward Peschon 2014 Entre Deux Merès Cabernet Sauvignon

Although Entre Deux Merés translates from French to “Between two Mothers,” this is not your momma’s Cabernet! Full-bodied, concentrated and with a solid frame of ripe, this 2014 Drinkward Cabernet Sauvignon has a refreshing line lifting the densely packed fruit with a long finish. Blended of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, it is deep garnet-purple in color and hits the dance floor with crushed blueberries, crème de cassis and chocolate-covered cherries notes followed by suggestions of yeast extract, smoked meats and fragrant soil plus a touch of camphor – rated 95 by Wine Advocate. This wine is creation of a dynamic duo of friends (and mothers) Lisa Drinkward, who lends her background in operations at her own family’s winery Behrens, and winemaker Françoise Peschon, formerly of Araujo Estate Wines and currently also winemaker at Accendo Cellars. Their joint venture Drinkward Peschon has very limited production sourced from the north coast of Napa Valley – this particular vintage is sold out so don’t let it slip through your fingers and add this gem to your collection!

Donor: Drinkward Peschon

 

SILENT LOT 104

One bottle [750mL] Hirsch 2016 Raschen Ridge Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Founded in 1980 by David Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards is a pioneer of Pinot Noir plants along the Sonoma Coast. In fact, it is the oldest premium Pinot Noir vineyard on the true Sonoma Coast. Up until 2002, David sold his grapes to other wineries, becoming highly sought after for the quality of his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. After 22 years of solely focusing on planting and farming vines, David finally made the decision to start creating his own wines. Ironically, building the vineyard helped him better understand the land, which allowed him to better farm it and create higher quality wines. The extreme terrain of the vineyards creates wines with high acidity and elegant balance. Their 2016 Raschen Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is no exception with long tannins that encourage and harmonize the complex flavors. Sourced from the highest vineyards on Raschen Ridge, this wine boasts a classic, savory flavor with aromas of delicate spices, ripe cherry, and herbal accents.

Donor: Hirsch Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 105

One Jeroboam [3L] Ferrari-Carano 2015 Merlot, Sonoma County, in wood box; PLUS tour and tasting for up to four guests at the beautiful Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Dry Creek Valley, north of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County

With 19 estate vineyards spanning over a total of 1,400 acres, Ferrari-Carano produces over 20 different nationally recognized white, red, and dessert wines. Built in 1981 in the heart of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, the Estate Winery is the soul of Ferrari-Carano’s exceptional wines. During your tour and tasting experience, sip their critically-acclaimed wines while overlooking the estate vineyard in their elegant mahogany and black granite tasting bar. Marvel at the mountain views while exploring acres of beautiful gardens and rippling streams that surround the estate.

This 2015 Merlot is a great find – rated 89 by Wine Spectator: aromas of ripe cherry, licorice, cola, and subtle cedar harmonize with flavors of plum, black currant, cherry, and blueberry. Hints of dark chocolate and toffee round out the palate. This simple, round red is crisp and tannic with a long, smooth finish. Pairs perfectly with red meat, poultry, or Italian entrees.

Donor: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

 

SILENT LOT 106

One magnum [1.5L] Martinelli 2005 Zinfandel, Jackass Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Martinelli Winery’s primary goal has always been to produce hand-crafted quality wines that are born in their estate vineyards. They are committed to quality and consistency within each vintage. Their 2005 Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard is explosive in its richness, this is superripe, offering layers of blackberry, raspberry, cracked pepper, licorice and smoky, meaty oak. The texture is supple and jammy, yet this is balanced with acidity and has great depth of flavor. It has reached its cellaring peak and is ready to be enjoyed now. Rated 93 by Wine Spectator and 95 by Robert Parker.

Donor: Steve and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 107

Stock the Bar with Post Modern Spirits!

Located in this historic Jackson Terminal, PostModern Spirits has a team with a wealth of experience devoted to their wide range of products. From gin and chamomile liqueur to vodka and single malt whiskey, there is truly something for everyone. This lot includes an assortment of American (Single) Malt Whiskey, (Up)Root Gin, Empirical Dry Gin, Giniferous Gin, Kore Vodka, Cacao Liquer, Amaro Arancia, Elderberry Gin Liqueur, and Chamomile Liqueur PLUS recipe cards.

Donor: PostModern Spirits

 

SILENT LOT 108

Two bottles [750mL] Trefethen Family Vineyards, one each: 2017 Chardonnay and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1968, this family run vineyard has thrived since it’s beginning. Coming out of the prohibition, no winery had success until the Trefethens came along. In 1979, their 1976 Chardonnay was given the award of “Best Chardonnay” in the world, and since they have held themselves to the highest of standards when it comes to winemaking. This 600-acre winery has maintained it’s original building, built in 1886, and still uses it to age wine, as well as for tastings. Home to a 13,000 square foot barrel cellar and a sustainable approach to farming, the wines that come out of the Trefethen family vineyards are award-winning. Although the 2017 vintage is not yet rated, its Chardonnay is consistently ranked as a top 10 wine to try and the vintage prior earned 94 points from Wine Enthusiast. This 2017 vintage has notes of lemon, honeysuckle, and pear; round-bodied wine, aromas of vanilla and citrus come out of the bottle. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is also a prerelease that has not yet made it to the palates of critics, however, past vintages have received high marks. This bottle is described as rich and concentrated with red fruits, spices, and vanilla. Yum!

Donor: Trefethen Family Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 109

Two bottles [750mL] Pride Mountain Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Sonoma County

Previously named “Summit Ranch” for its mountainous surroundings, Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate located in the Mayacamas Mountains at an elevation of 2,100 feet in St. Helena. The prime elevation delivers the vines the sunshine and warmth they need to mature during the day, while allowing them to rest in the cooler evenings. Their vineyards spread across 83-acres of land in six different soil variations, giving their vines the proper vitamins and minerals to grow ripe, flavorful grapes. A two-time L’Amour du Vin featured winery, this sold-out Pride Mountain 2013 Syrah is a must have. It features a full body with a deep purple color and dense tannins that meld into the creamy, rich texture of the palate. Aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, black tea, and white pepper supplement flavors of plum, blackberry, and faint pepper notes, granting this wine a rating of 91 from Wine Spectator and 90 from Robert Parker.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 110

Three bottles [750mL] Turley. one each: 2013 Paso Robles, Presenti Vineyards; 2013 Paso Robles, Ubermuth Vinyeard; 2014 Contra Costa, Country Durate

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 but will last another ten years. And form 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 purchase 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 111

One bottle [750mL] CIRQ. 2011 Treehouse Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Created by Michael Browne of Costa Browne Wines, CIRQ’s winery is located in the Russian River Valley of California. The Treehouse Vineyard sits at an elevation of 750 feet, barely eight miles away from the Pacific Ocean, and surrounded by coastal cypress trees. Because of its remarkable location, the vineyard’s grapes receive more hours of sunshine, while also enjoying the cooling effects of the fog. Rich, volcanic and red soils help retain heat, letting the grapes mature evenly and creating wines with intense, balanced flavors. The 2011 Treehouse Pinot Noir is the first vintage of its kind. Sweet perfumes of cranberry, raspberry, and hints of spices mingle with a pomegranate, rhubarb, raspberry, and dark cherry palate. A velvet mouthfeel expands into a lingering hold on the mid palate. Rated 90 by Wine spectator, this sold-out wine can be enjoyed now through 2021.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 112

Eight bottles Château Miraval 2017 Rosé, Côtes de Provence, two magnums [1.5L], three standard [750mL], and three splits [375mL]

Château Miraval is perhaps best known as the estate where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie partnered with the renowned Perrin family to produce wine. The Perrin family, known as a top producer of wine in southern France, has put its expertise to use in crafting wine at the Château Miraval estate in Rhône Valley. This wine exhibits great sophistication, with rich caramel and strawberry fruit and spice. Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast.

Donor: Vineyard Brands and Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 113

Four bottles [750mL] Clarendon Hills 2001 Old Vines Grenache, Australia; one Blewitt Springs Vineyard and three Kangarilla Vineyard

Clarendon Hills is a small family run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. Barrel samples from their 2001 vintage forshadowed this wine look to be one of the greatest Grenaches this extraordinary winery has yet produced. There are about 800-1,000 cases this single-vineyard Grenache, which is made very traditionally in open-top fermenters with punching down. To reiterate, it goes in the bottle after indigenous yeast fermentations. This wine spends 18 months in primarily old oak prior to being bottled without fining or filtration. It is among the finest Grenache-based wine made outside of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. The Blewitt Springs Vineyard Grenache is supple and generous, a lithe mouthful of subtlety spicy cherry, blackberry, sweet leather and spice character that lasts and lasts on the ultra-polished finish. Rated 93 by Wine Spectator – ready to be enjoyed now. The 2001 Grenache Kangarilla Vineyard is powerful, rich, and full-bodied with plenty of black cherry, licorice, and herb characteristics. Rated 91 by Robert Parker. Both of these wines are at the end of their cellaring days and are ready to be enjoyed now.

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber

 

SILENT LOT 114

One magnum [1.5L] Favia 2015 Rompecabezas Red Wine, PLUS tour and tasting for 4

Just east of the city of Napa, the foothills of the Vaca Mountains gather to form a west-facing horseshoe – and embraced at its center is Coombsville. A young appellation (though commonly referenced by name as early as 1914), Coombsville is often described by its topographical resemblance to a “cup and saucer.” The ancient geological events by which we can account for this unique display are still enwrapped in speculation, however there is evidence of an abrupt and volatile past: volcanic eruption and collapse, uplifts and landslides, and the massive deposit of debris. These events established a niche within the Napa Valley, a quiet harbor for unique climatic and geologic character – and, resultantly, an equally compelling terroir. The historic Carbone property, now 6.5 acres along Coombsville Road, has become a home and estate for the Favia-Erickson family. The Favia team adheres strongly to these tenets: a reverence for craft, a celebration of time and place, a commitment to self-reliance. This is not as an exercise or performance, but a time-proven ideology and a way of life. The hope is to create a legacy that carries on these principles.

Their Rompecabezas Red Wine is a jigsaw puzzle of a wine, inspired by the sunshine, soil, and flora of the south of France. Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre combine to form a whimsical wine that will please many palates. Vibrant and expressive, with floral black cherry, cured meat and licorice notes that take on polish and depth toward refined tannins. Rated 92 by Wine Spectator and 94 by Wine Advocate. Included in this lot is a private tasting for four at the historic winery in Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley, where you can get first a first-hand look (and taste!) inside the holistic approach Favia takes not only with their wine, but the 6.5-acre farm and vineyard as well.

Donor: Favia Wines

 

 

SILENT LOT 115

One magnum [1.5L] Caymus 2014 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1971 Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner and his wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner asked their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner, who had just graduated from high school, if he would be interested in joining them in starting up a winery. If Chuck declined the offer, Charlie and Lorna were planning to sell out of their ranch in Napa Valley and move to Australia. Chuck accepted his parents’ offer to launch the winery, and thus began Caymus Vineyards. The Wagners produced their first vintage in 1972, consisting of 240 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, Caymus has focused their efforts in the production of quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Caymus Vineyards remains 100% family-owned by the Wagners. Charlie, Lorna Belle, and Chuck worked together as a remarkable team for over 30 years building Caymus Cabernet. Today, Chuck, his two sons, Charlie and Joe, and one daughter, Jenny, have joined the family team. Farming grapes remain the priority with the family farming about 350 acres of choice Napa Valley land.

This 2014 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, dense ruby color. This red hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and creme de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast. Enjoy until 2024!

Donor: Bob and Karen Gilbertson / Bob’s Liquor & Wine

 

SILENT LOT 116

One magnum [1.5L] Williams Selyem 2016 Pinot Noir, Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard

In the 1970’s Burt Williams was given a few tons of free grapes by a local grower, from that he discovered his love and flair for winemaking.  Williams and his partner Ed set off to make their own Pinot Noir. They began by making only wines for themselves, never imagining that their in-home winemaking would turn into an internationally acclaimed winery. Williams Selyem has set a new standard for American-made Pinot Noir. The 2016 Pinot Noir, rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast, is made from vibrant fruit and purple flowers of the Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard. The black raspberry notes mix with mulberry, while tangerine adds liveliness to the nose and completes the aromatic fireworks. The sheer density of this wine is attractive today but will require several more years to achieve its full potential, with an optimal drinking window of 2021-2031.

Donor: Williams Selyem

 

SILENT LOT 117

One magnum [1.5L] Rochioli 2017 Estate Pinot Noir

The Rochioli wine family history began in 1911 when they came to America from a small village just outside of Lucca, Italy. After settling in Northern California and working as a ranch foreman, the Rochioli family acquired land of their own and spent their time tending to the land and experimenting with different grapes and wine blends. In 1968, the family decided to plant Pinot Noir vine clones from France. A third-generation winemaker, Tom Rochioli focuses on a traditional approach to winemaking. For this reason, Rochioli Estate Pinot Noirs have consistently earned excellent ratings, with their 2013-2016 vintages all earning a 90 and above from Wine Advocate. Their 2017 Estate Pinot Noir, aged 15 months in French oak, is a full-bodied blend of their single vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. Beautifully balanced with silky tannins, the aromas of sweet cherry, vanilla, and subtle herbs add to the traces of dusty cherry on the palate and the long, silky-textured finish.

Donor: Rochioli Vineyard & Winery

 

SILENT LOT 118

One double magnum [3L] Schug Carneros 2008 Pinot Noir, with wooden display box

Schug Carneros Estate Winery was the first L’Amour du Vin featured winery at the inaugural event in 2004 – 16 years ago! Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California’s most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug’s reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards). Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart. The winery has become a family operation including Walter’s son Alex Schug, now managing partner.

Included with this lot is a double mangum of Schug 2008 Pinot Noir, a bright ruby color with aromas of cherry skin, dried cranberries smoky undertones. The palate shows more cherry and dried fruit flavors with earthy notes. Clean with a nice solid backbone completed by a racy acidity. Lots of cranberry flavors hint of strawberry. Balanced, tight, lean fruit, an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl or barbecued meats.

Donor: Schug Carneros Estate

 

 

 

 

SILENT LOT 119

Three bottles [750mL] Peter Siseck wines, one each: 2012 Domino Pingus, Flor de Pingus; 2015 Domino Pingus PSI; 2015 Hacienda Monasterio

Peter Siseck is widely accepted as one of the top, if not the top winemaker in Spain. Although he is Danish by birth, his wines are great examples the greatness that comes from Ribera del Duero.

Flor du Pingus is the second label from his flagship winery Domino Pingus (named after a Danish cartoon character from his youth). Rated a 93 by both Wine Advocate and Vinous, this beauty is ready to drink and drink well!

The PSI is a collaboration he has started with local growers to showcase the soul of Ribera Del Duero. This wine has received score of 91 by Wine Advocate and 94 by James Suckling. This is ready to be enjoyed now, but will age well for another 5 years. Haciendo Monasterio is a winery Peter Siseck has been involved with since he arrived in Ribera Del Duero in 1990. This is another great Spanish red rated 94 and 92 by Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator respectively. This too can be enjoyed now or cellared for another  9 to 10 years.

Donor: David and Lisa Reath

 

SILENT LOT 120

Sommelier Services for Private Event with Maja Roy

Maja Roy is a wine professional with a certificate from The Court of Master Sommeliers in Atlanta and a Master’s degree in Wine Geography at University of Tennessee. Her real strength is hospitality and her services will add a special element to any private party.

Maja grew up among the vineyards and farms in a rural village in Slovenia, wine and food preparation have always been a big part of her life. She has worked with numerous restaurants, importers and winemakers in America and Europe and has focused her work in training and development of wine programs in many prestigious restaurants around the world. Her real strength is hospitality and education and she will be the perfect addition to an intimate gather with 10-12 of your closest friends. Alcohol and gratuity not included; expires 3/1/2020.

Donor: Maja Roy

 

SILENT LOT 121

One magnum [1.5L] Robert Foley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Since 1977 Robert Foley has been crafting new and interesting wines. He has worked at a number of highly-regarded wineries that have given him the reputation of producing very expressive wines that finish gracefully. Robert Foley Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, blends the best of Valley and Mountain fruit from the famed Hudson Vineyards in Los Carneros AVA. Rated 94 by Robert Parker, this wine, much like other wines from the same vintage, possesses a wonderful, charming, nearly irresistible ripe, juicy and a medium to full-bodied personality.

Donor: Robert Foley Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 122

Two Italian Reds – one bottle [750mL] each: Ceretto Bricco Rocche 1982 Barolo Brunate and Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Grésy 1986 Barbaresco Martinenga Gaiun

Ceretto Monsordo Bernardina is owned and operated by the Ceretto family, an enterprising family with roots in the Italian wine industry since the late 19th century. The Ceretto estate is in Alba, in the Piedmont appellation in Northeastern Italy. The family also owns and operates the estates including the Bricco Rocche in this lot. It is sourced from the Castiglione Falletto vineyard, which is the smallest geographic area within the Barolo specification. It is the most prestigious part of what was once called La Serra and is nestled between the Villero and the Rocche (rock face) of Castiglione, which property is used exclusively by the Ceretto family. Barolo, of course, is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. Although this wine is not rated other vintages scored mid 90s. A great find! The Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Grésy is made up of four estates situated in the Langhe and in the Monferrato zones, is recognized for producing many of the greatest wines also in the Piedmont region. This 1986 Barbaresco is sourced primarily from the Martinenga Estate in Langhe. Expect aromas of cherry, smoked meat, pepper and spice; bright acidity with a long finish. An excellent duo of great Italian reds!

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse

 

SILENT LOT 123

Three bottles [750mL] Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Artist Series Red Blend

A beautiful blend of four of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s finest vineyards, the 2015 Artist Series Red Blend is the result of one of the warmest growing seasons in Washington state’s history creating ripe, concentrated wines. The label itself features the art of Canadian painter Sheri Bakes whose paintings deal with light and atmospheric motion in nature. Each bottle features a different painting; each explore the delicate movement of light and shadows cast along vulnerable fiend of luminous poppies and wildflowers. In the bottle, the 2015 Red Blend is focused and structured with aromas of subtle oak and black currants, followed by flavors of spicy cherry and blackberry infused with hints of cedar and smoky mocha. Expect medium to full-bodied with silky tannins to add a layer of complexity. Perfectly aged for 24 months in French oak, these wines earned 90 from Wine Spectator and 91 from Robert Parker. A perfect coupling of fine art with the art of winemaking!

Donor: Chateau Ste. Michelle

 

SILENT LOT 124

Three bottles [750mL] Hendry Ranch Wines – the Classic Trio: 2014 Pinot Noir, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2015 Chardonnay; PLUS tasting for two at Hendry Ranch Wines

Composed of 203 acres in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, Hendry Ranch Wines has been around for over eight decades. They pride themselves in their ethical farming practices, only doing what is best for both the land and their vines. Their location in the valley allows them to grow thirteen different wine grapes due to the marine influence. Included in this lot is a trio highlighting three of their renowned wines. The 2014 Pinot Noir is a deep, light to medium-bodied red with a spicy cherry, leather, and herbal palate. Aromas of cherry cola, maple, and spices balance the flavors and moderate the tannins. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast, has dark cherry and chocolate flavors with tea, dark fruit, and subtle oak on the nose. Barrel fermented, the 2015 Chardonnay combines aromas of spice, toasted nuts, and apple, with an acidic, medium-bodied palate with pineapple and green apple flavors. This exquisite wine earned a 91 from Wine Enthusiast. Also included is a tasting experience for two at Hendry Ranch in Napa Valley. Mutually agreeable date; expires 12/31/2020.

Donor: Hendry Ranch Wines

 

SILENT LOT 125

Personal bartender for an evening with Mixologist Vance McCarty

With almost a decade of experience as a mixologist in Los Angeles, Nashville, and most recently Knoxville, Vance McCarty’s passion for craft cocktails and customer service will impress guests and elevate any private party. Limited to 15 guests; gratuity and alcohol not included. Mutually agreeable date in Summer or Fall 2019. Expires 3/1/2020.

Donor: Vance McCarty

 

SILENT LOT 126

Raw Aquamarine Necklace from ACF Jewelry

Wrapped in a handmade 14 karat gold bezel, the raw aquamarine point sits securely to accent the 22 inch gold chain. Wear it alone or layer it with other necklaces; this piece is neutral, unique and versatile. Made by local artist and metalsmith Caroline Farris.

Donor: Caroline Farris, ACF Jewelry

 

SILENT LOT 127

Riedel Sommelier Black Tie “Smile” Decanter

This decanter per Glass Bazaar is handmade and mouth-blown in Austria. Its sultry form makes this decanter a superb addition to any collection. It is effortless to hold in the palm of the hand and easy to pour. Measures 14 3/8 inches tall with a capacity for a magnum of wine.

Donor: Glass Bazaar

 

SILENT LOT 128

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

The result of a shared dream between two friends, Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, to grow Pinot Noir, Kosta Browne’s success is owed to the hard work and dedication of two men who originally had no idea what they were doing. In 1997, Dan and Michael were both working at a popular restaurant in Santa Rosa when they decided they wanted to start making Pinot Noir. After saving up tips they made at the restaurant to buy their first plants and equipment, they made their first barrel of wine and poured it for VIP customers at the restaurant, testing the waters for future success. After eight years of uphill battles, small wins, and unbelievable commitment, their dream of producing pinot noir was finally realized. Now having created wine for almost twenty years, Kosta Browne has produced vintage after vintage of successful wines – being the only Pinot Noir to be awarded “Wine of the Year.” Their 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir earned itself a rating of 92 from Wine Spectator and a 93 from Wine Advocate. This rich and concentrated wine blends flavors of dark cherries and plum with hints of black tea, spices, and mocha on the nose. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins that add a layer of complexity, this wine can be enjoyed now.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 129

One magnum [1.5L] Darioush 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (signed)

Darioush Khaledi was instilled at an early age with the winemaking craft of his father, inspired by wine culture in the literary city of Shiraz – in modern day Iran – and the ancient city of Persepolis. He became a lifelong collector, seeking out old world wines infused with tradition and energized by modern technique. Today the Darioush estate comprises 120 acres in Southern Napa Valley spanning the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll AVA’s. They believe truly unique wines reflect great vineyards, but also the character of the people behind them. The third of three superlative vintages in this decade, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits remarkable balance and freshness lent by the long, temperate growing season overall, and furthered by our cool, marine-influenced Southern Napa vineyard sites. Impressive on entry, the wine is brimming with dark fruits— black cherry, savory blueberry and cola are wrapped in an earthy ribbon of bittersweet cocoa, espresso and hints of vanilla. The palate is gorgeously textured and lively, revealing sweet herbal notes of anise, dried sage and tobacco. Skillful blending of Bordeaux varieties imparts this Cabernet Sauvignon with a measure of restraint, intended to reward long term aging. Robert Parker awarded this wine an excellent 98.  This signed edition is one you will want to take home tonight!

Donor: Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi – Darioush Winery

 

SILENT LOT 130

One magnum [1.5L] Rocca Family Vineyards 2010 Vespera Red Blend; PLUS tasting for 4

Both Mary Rocca and her husband Eric Grigsby grew up with a love for the land and a passion for growing things. They used this passion to fuel their search for the perfect vineyard to start their winery in 1995, finally uncovering a beautiful 21-acre vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley after a three-year search. Their hard work and dedication to their new vineyard paid off when, in 2000, they released their first vintage of wine. By 2002 their Cabernet Sauvignon had already come in first in a blind tasting of 12 Rising Star Cabernets at a U.S. Vintners Club tasting. From there, they moved on to be number one in France’s 12 best Cabernet’s from California. Since then, Rocca Family Vineyards has continued to refine their craft and produce outstanding vintages. The 2010 Vespera Red Blend is no exception, earning a rating of 91 from Wine Enthusiast and an 89 from Robert Parker. A blend of Cabnernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Petite Sirah, this rich wine embodies flavors of black currant and cherry with a spicy, piquant aroma and delicate tannins.

Donor: Mary Rocca & Dr. Eric Grigsby

 

SILENT LOT 201

One magnum [1.5L] Behrens Family Winery 2013 “Head in the Clouds” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, with wooden box

Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward of Behrens Family Winery are all about letting their wines speak for themselves. They specialize in producing a few small lots of wine each year with grapes sourced from unique, low-yield vineyards. This beautiful wine truly shows off Les and Lisa’s dedication to the art of winemaking.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Head in the Clouds is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This is a beautiful blend, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opaque purple color, a hint of acacia flowers and subtle background wood. It’s broad, savory and expansive. This is a beauty to drink over the next decade, and typifies the boisterous, hedonistic style of the Behrens wines. Rated 93 by Robert Parker; drink now until 2026.

Donor: Behrens Family Winery

 

SILENT LOT 202

Private tour and tasting for 5 at Saint Helena Winery

The Saint Helena Winery was founded in 2000 with hopes that this winery would be the place where wine lovers and collectors of rare items could meet. The founders wanted to spark an interest for new discoveries in the wine world. Described as a hidden gem within Napa Valley, this winery has a team of meticulous farmers and winemakers who work hard to bring the best out of the grapes they work with. Specializing and creating only four wines a year, the small-lot, two-year process of winemaking at the Saint Helena Winery is cautious and specific. The three consistent wines are: a Sympa Cabernet Sauvignon, an Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Chardonnay. The only wine made on-site is the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, but all wines are made intimately by renowned winemaker Aaron Pott. Visit the winery in St. Helena for a special and private tour and tasting. Perfect for your next trip to Napa Valley!

Donor: Saint Helena Winery

 

SILENT LOT 203

Three-bottle [750mL] vertical Hendry Ranch Wines (2005-2007) Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1939, the Hendry Family has been farming their ranch for over 80 years.

Between 1973 – 1975 George Hendry planted most of the vineyard, initially only planting Zinfandel and Pinot Noir plants before adding Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. By the time 1992 came around, George had become known for his grapes and finally decided to start making his own wine. The first vintages of Hendry came out in 1992 and included Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Over the last few decades, Hendry Ranch has continued expand its vineyard and grow its winemaking business, with all aspects of the wine making process done on the ranch property. This Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon vertical includes flavors from black berries and black currants, to dried berry and cedar. Chewy tannins tie in different scents of herbs, spices, and fruits. Most notably in this vertical is the 2007 vintage, which received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Donor: Hendry Ranch Wines

 

SILENT LOT 204

VIP tour and tasting for up 4 at the beautiful Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing world-class wines. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, the winery farms five certified organic estate vineyards without artificial pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation, and use passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines. Enjoy an intimate and exclusive tasting of Grgich Hills Estate’s best kept secrets. Your personal host will guide you and three guests through a personalized flight of six older vintage and limited production wines paired with artisan cheeses. This is your chance to taste and purchase wines that are rarely released from their winery vault. An opportunity you do not want to miss!

Donor: Grgich Hills Estate

 

SILENT LOT 205

Three bottles [750mL] Owen Roe Winery, one each: 2010-2012 Red Willow Vineyard Red Blend, Yakima Valley, Washington – in wooden box

Made famous by “Sharecropper,” Owen Roe was established in 1999 to feature the interesting wines emanating from the terriors of the Yakima Valley in Washington and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The “Sharecropper’s” wines were born out of the 2001 recession, when winemaker David O’Reilly and Washington farmers had to work out a partnership that harkened back to the days of sharecropping, where profits were distributed once the wines were made and sold. While that series still exists under its own label, Owen Roe is now producing a nice portfolio of wines in a more traditional method and relationship with growers. The three bottles in this lot are of the delicious Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima Valley. The 2010 bottle bears nuances of herbal flavors balanced by notes of both black cherry and coffee that turn into smooth tannins. The 2011 bottle is characterized by its herbal elements as well, but offers and appealing creaminess to the tart tastes of pomegranate. Finally, the 2012 bottle brings both cherry and dark chocolate flavors framed by lightly chalky tannins; rated 90 by Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate. Overall, these blends are a product of premiere fruit and wine making excellence that will leave you nothing short of amazed.

Donor: Owen Roe Winery

 

SILENT LOT 206

Three-year vertical (2012-2014) Gamble Family Vineyards Paramount Red Blend, Napa Valley [750mLs]

Founded by third-generation farmer Tom Gamble in 1916, Gamble Family Vineyards began as a ranch and expanded in 1981 now farming approximately 175 acres of prime estate vineyards from several of Napa Valley’s most respected AVAs. Tom finally began making wine in 2005 with the help from a young English winemaker Jim Close who continues to make Gamble wines today! The wine included in this lot, Paramount, is a Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley grapes aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.  Wine Spectator gives the 2013 wine a rating of 88, the tasting notes include cedar, mocha, and dark berry flavors. This Bordeaux Blend is made with a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Made to portray the best tastes of each of those vintages, the wine is described as chunky and chewy to taste. The 2014 was described as spicy and given a rating of 86. It is also described as solid, having “fruit complexity and depth.” The 2012 is described as having a medium body with an even balance between sweet and savory. This trio is intended to be enjoyed over several hours with good food and those you love! Ready to drink now or over the next 10-15 years.

Donor: Gamble Family Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 207

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

Perfectly located on the rich, volcanic soil at the base of Mount St. John, Staglin Family Vineyard is 100% solar powered with certified organic farming practices that result in better fruit and more complex wines. Their 2013 Salus Cabernet Sauvignon is a condensed, structured wine that features extraordinary dark fruits like blackberry, boysenberry, blackcurrant, and Damson plum. Intricate flavors of coffee extract, leather, cocoa liquor, and crushed rocks are balanced with aromas of potpourri, camphor, and anise. Aged 19 months in French oak, this bold wine features moderate tannins and a granular texture. What makes this wine so special, in addition to the unique and extraordinary flavor, is the meaning behind the Salus label. In 1990 when Shari and Garen Staglin’s son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, they decided to create nonprofit organization One Mind and each bottle of Salus helps support brain health research. This vintage’s official release date is March 1, 2019 – so the winning dinner will be among the first to add to their personal collection!

Donor: Staglin Family Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILENT LOT 208

A pair of magnums [1.5L] from Three Sticks’ 2015 vintage, one each: “The James” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Gap’s Crown Chardonnay. PLUS, tour and tasting for 4.

Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran Director of Winemaking, Bob Cabral. Cabral’s commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, including estate vineyards, Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, drives the winery’s focus of creating site specific wines. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III’s surfing nickname, “Billy Three Sticks,” given to him in his youth as reference to the Roman numerals that follow his name. Three Sticks has a down to earth approach to growing and winemaking, believing in table fellowship as the power of wine to bring people together. Included in this lot is a pair of outstanding magnums from the winery’s 2015 vintage. A taste of the 2015 “The James” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, with a strong rating of 92 from Wine Spectator, shines with fruity flavors like red plum, raspberry and tangerine with a tannic finish that includes notes of olive and tarragon. The Gap’s Crown Chardonnay is smooth to sip accented with pear, apple, melon and light oak at a score of 88 from acclaimed wine critic James Laube. Also included with this lot is a “Taste of Three Sticks,” held at the historic and newly restored Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe in downtown Sonoma that begins with a tour guiding guests through the fasting history of the area’s history and ends with a focused, seating sampling of wine a knowledgeable host. The Adobe is the longest occupied residence in Sonoma and one of the town’s few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period. A fascinating piece of history and excellent wines – what’s not to love!? Must be scheduled in advance.

Donor: Three Sticks Wines

 

SILENT LOT 209

One magnum [1.5L] Clif 2013 Croquet Cabernet Sauvignon

You may be familiar with the name Clif, in reference to the Clif Bar & Company. They are the makers of Clif Bar, LUNA and other nutritious, organic products. The makers of Clif Bar have always had a passion for the outdoors and great food and wine. After a long day of hiking or cycling, the founders enjoy nothing better than relaxing over a meal with family and friends enjoyed over a great bottle of wine. After moving to the Napa Valley in 1997, this passion continued and the Clifs began making their own wine in 2004. Now with winemakers Bruce Regalia and Sarah Gott, we are committed to making high quality, affordable wines sourced from sustainable or organic vineyards whenever possible. This 2013 Croquet Cabernet Sauvignon is intense in tar, black plum and gunpowder tones. The palate is big and ripe, with a generous feel and firm, chalky tannins. Rated a 91 by Wine Enthusiast and can be enjoyed 2025-2030.

Donor: Clif Family Winery

 

SILENT LOT 210

Six bottles [750mL] Darioush 2016 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Darioush Khaledi was just with us at last year’s L’Amour du Vin as the featured vintner, so LDV patrons already know first-hand what masterpieces Darioush wines are! This bottling is no exception. The hallmark of Darioush Signature Chardonnay is its progressive style of integrating precision, richness, and complexity. Grown from the winery estate and renowned Chardonnay vineyards of Los Carneros, these cooler Southern Napa Valley climes exhibit quintessential varietal characteristics while preserving inherent freshness and vibrancy. This 2016 vintage wine brings ripe apple and sweet oak flavors to the table. With its deep richness and complex structure, it is no surprise that this wine is sold out and unavailable for purchase, but tonight you have the chance to take home six bottles of this exquisite Chardonnay!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 211

Four bottles [750mL] Martinelli Pinot Noir, two each: 2009 Bondi Home Ranch “Water Trough Vineyard”, Green Valley of Russian River Valley and 2010 “Sea Ridge Meadow” Three Sisters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Previous L’Amour du Vin attendees may recognize Martinelli Winery as the 2010 Featured Vintner. The Martinelli family focused on small, exceptional productions from each of its 19 vineyards, can trace its winemaking roots to the 1880s, when newlyweds Giueseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini immigrated from Italy to California. They would later plant Zinfandel and Muscat in what is now called Jackass Hill Vineyard, which still produces grapes to this day. Expansion over the years has added many vineyards to the winery’s portfolio – these two are amongst the best examples of one from each the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.  The 2009 Bondi Home Ranch has aromas of leather with earthy, herbal flavors along with notes of cola-berry and red cherry; received a 92 rating from Wine Spectator. The 2010 Three Sisters Vineyard wraps around the palate with juicy red berries, flowers, hard candy and fresh mint. The most fragrant and light-bodied of the Martinelli Pinots, Three Sisters Vineyard received a 93 rating from The Wine Advocate.

Donor: Steve and Laurie Natelson

 

 

 

SILENT LOT 212

Two magnums [1.5L] Force Majeure 2016, one each: Estate Syrah, Estate Parvata

Located in Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, Force Majeure Vineyards specializes in estate-grown, single-vineyard Bordeaux and Rhône style wines. Their winemaker, Todd Alexander, focuses on creating terroir-driven wines that encompass the characteristics of each unique vineyard, while maintaining the unwavering quality of each vintage. The 2016 Estate Syrah earned 92-95 from Wine Advocate: decadent nose of ripe blackberries, lilac, licorice and some smoky new oak; full-bodied, rich and layered, with a broad, expansive profile. The 2016 Estate Parvata offers a full-bodied palate of blackberries and spices balanced with refined tannins and aromas of oak and herbs – earning itself 94 from Wine Spectator and 93-96 from Wine Advocate.

Donor: Force Majeure Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 213

Two magnums [1.5L] Pride Mountain Vineyards 2015, one each: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Atop Spring Mountain lies Summit Ranch – a place rich with winemaking history and the longtime home of the family run Pride Mountain Vineyards. The ranch straddles the Napa and Sonoma county lines along the crest of the Mayacamas Mountains at 2100 feet. The altitude provides the vineyard with hours of sunshine and cooler temperatures. This, in combination with the rich volcanic soil, permits the grapes to ripen steadily throughout the growing season and allows winemaker Sally Johnson the time to perfect the character and distinctive quality of grape that is reflective in their accolades time and again. This 2015 vintage of the Cabernet Sauvignon as described by James Laube of Wine Advocate: plump and spicy, offering alluring flavors of dark berry jam, with floral and light cedar notes. He gave it a superb rating of 93. The 2015 Merlot has hints of lavender, green olive and graphite while remaining bright and velvety to the plate. Both wines are aged on the estate in caves dug on the property twenty years ago. To drink either of these wines is to be successfully transported to this romantic California hilltop almost immediately, an unforgettable experience that Johnson and the Pride Family have been working toward all along.

Donor: Pride Mountain Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 214

One magnum [1.5L] Saxum 2013 Rocket Block Grenache

Located in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles, California, Saxum Vineyards concentrates on producing phenomenal Grenache, Syrah, and Mataro wine blends. They use a hands-off, terroir-driven winemaking approach, allowing their wines to maintain the earthy undertone their grapes provide. The Smith Family’s estate vineyard, The James Berry Vineyard, sits at an elevation of 1200 feet just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Rich soils promote the growth of healthy, ripe grapes, in turn creating rich, palatial wines. Saxum’s 2013 Rocket Block Grenache is exquisite, with a rating of 98 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate tasted it on two separate occasions, just before and then after bottling, the 2013 Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard comes from an east-facing, cooler parcel in the James Berry Vineyard that’s harvested very late. It is an extraordinary wine (100% destemmed Grenache) that was fermented and aged in concrete for a year before being moved to used barrels. Only bottled in 2003 and 2005 previously, the 2013 sports a medium ruby, mostly opaque purple color to go with ethereal notes of black raspberries, kirsch, currants, ground herbs, flowers and incense. It leans towards the elegant and finesse-driven side of the spectrum, yet it has insane levels of purity, fine tannin, no hard edges and a sensational finish. Wine Spectator rated it 95. Drink now through 2029.

Donor: D & V Distributing

 

SILENT LOT 215

Six bottles of Oregon Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, one each [750mL]: Aurox Cellars 2013, Shea Wine Cellars 2013, Bergström 2013 Gregory Ranch, Elk Cove 2014 Clay Court; Elk Cove 2013 Mount Richmond; and one magnum [1.5L] Adelsheim 2007.

If you love spectacular Pinot Noir, this is the lot for you! This superb selection is a collection of wines sourced from Willamette Valley, which is home to nearly two-thirds of Oregon’s vineyards and known as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world. First up, the Aurox Cellars 2013 – with flavors of black cherry, raspberry, cranberry, mushroom and forest floor, this wine is light and balanced. Per owner Justin Croxall, this bottling is a heavenly pairing with salmon and lentils. The 2013 Shea Wine Cellars has a nose and palate of express floral and dark red fruits with compliments of violet, black tea and white pepper aromas. Elk Cove’s 2014 Clay Court brings berry flavors, with a hint of fresh tomato and dried rose petal to the palate; and it’s 2016 Mount Richmond offers notes of cassis and blueberry tempered by notes of cocoa nibs and refined tannins. Although not rated past vintages of both Clay Court and Mount Richmond consistently scored 90 points or higher from critics. Bergström, always an Oregon wine-lover favorite, offers the star of this lot – the 2015 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir. Sourced from 15 different clonal blocks that deliver concentrated wines of ethereal perfume with strong floral, spice and wild berry characteristics; this offers polished and velvety tannins alongside flavors of strawberries and cherries. Awarded 91 points from Wine Spectator and 90 from Robert Parker. Finally, the magnum! This 2007 Adelsheim Pinot Noir is polished and open-textured, with an airy feel to the red cherry, tobacco and spice flavors, floating easily over refined tannins and lingering on the finish – 90 points from Wine Spectator. The wines in this lot will delight your taste buds with each sip – fun to enjoy now or cellar.
Donor: Knoxville Beverage Company

SILENT LOT 216

Three bottles [750mL] Fairchild 2016 G-III Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Fairchild Winery is an exclusive, boutique vineyard crafting impeccable small lots of collectable wines for its exclusive mailing list. Grapes for G-III (Georges III) are sourced from distinctive Napa Valley vineyards located in Pritchard Hill and Rutherford appellations. This 2016 G-III was rated 98 points by critic Jeb Dunnuck who called it “heavenly juice.” Robert Parker awarded 97+ points highlighting its fruity aromas like crushed blackberries, red currants, black cherry and cassis as well as its earthy undertones of lilac, black tea and coffee grounds; a rich and full-bodied palate that enjoys a long and layered finish in the mouth. A worthy investment as this particular bottle will mature beautifully in the cellar over time. Drink now through 2054.

Donor: Fairchild

 

SILENT LOT 217

One magnum [1.5L] Charles Krug Winery 2015 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon PLUS VIP Library Tasting Experience for 4

As the oldest winery in Napa, with more than 150 years of winemaking experience, Charles Krug is the ultimate wine country destination. Visit the historic estate in St. Helena for a Library Tasting Experience for you and 3 guests. You won’t have to wait to taste, however, as a large format of their 20115 Family Reserve Cab is included in this lot. Containing a 4% splash of Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve has a cassis, pencil shavings, spice box and earth-scented nose. In the mouth, it’s pretty oaky, firm, chewy and a little drying. It offers decent expression with a mainly earthy character and a very big, full and warm finish. Rated 90 by Wine Advocate. Drink now through 2030. Mutually agreeable date; not available on holidays.

Donor: Charles Krug Winery

 

SILENT LOT 218

Three splits [375mL] Somnium 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; PLUS a signed copy of Pretty Intense by Danica Patrick and corkscrew.

Named Winemaker of the Year by Food and Wine Magazine in 2012, Somnium winemaker Aaron Pott has an impressive resume that includes working in France at Château Troplong Mondot Premier Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion and Château La Tour Figeac Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion. As a winemaker now in the States he has worked at Quintessa and consulted with high-end wineries such as Seven Stones, Blackbird Vineyards, and St. Helena Winery.

In 2009 he teamed up with racing icon, author, and food and wine fanatic Danica Patrick. Together they picked the property that Sominum sits on today far up the switchbacks of Howell Mountain.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon included in this lot earned 92 points from James Suckling and 94 from Wine Advocate: deep purple-black in color and intense [aroma of] mocha, sautéed herbs and cigar box with a core of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and dried mulberries. Full-bodied, rich and decadent, it has loads of savory and black fruit preserves layers matched by a firm, chewy texture and long, expressive finish. Polished and vibrant this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared until 2034. Only 820 cases produced; not yet released. If this isn’t enticing enough, this lot also includes a signed copy of Danica Patrick’s book Pretty Intense and a Sominum corkscrew.

Donor: Somnium Wine

 

SILENT LOT 219

One magnum [1.5L] Dow’s 1985 Vintage Porto

Few winemakers can claim to have a history as long and storied as Dow, and no port collection is truly complete without their acclaimed ports. Their methods, perfected since establishment in 1798, have earned them frequent accolades. Their vintage ports in particular, only produced in truly exceptional years, are exquisite and reflect Dow’s distinctive style of being slightly drier than most.

This 1985 magnum, rated 93 by James Suckling, represents another success in Dow’s long line of triumphs. Beginning with a bouquet of dried fruit, walnuts, and orange peel, this port is driven by rich red fruit balanced by tannin and a nutty finish. This wine is at its peak and can be enjoyed now. Be sure to add this fine vintage port to your collection today!

Donor: Dr. Louis and Carolyn Browning, Jr

 

SILENT LOT 220

Three bottles [750mL] GlenDronach Scotch, one each: Parliament Scotch Whiskey 21 Yr, Original Allardice Scotch Whiskey 18 yr, Single Malt Scotch 12 yr

Discover three of the finest spirits from historic GlenDronach distillery located in the Scottish Highlands and backed by the largest American owned spirits and wine company, Brown-Forman. Its name is derived from its source of water: the Dronac burn that runs through the facility’s property. This stream, the barley, and the first class Spanish Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks give each bottle its distinctive nose and palate. The single-malt Parliament Scotch Whiskey is aged 21 years and bottled at 48% with notes of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The sherried single malt Allardice Scotch Whiskey, named after James Allardice who started the distillery in 1826, is bottled at 46% and has notes of chocolate orange and toasted walnut bread with a rich finish. The Single Malt Scotch, bottled at 43%, is sweet and creamy with subtle notes of ginger, pear and mulled wine. All three provide a taste of the unique heritage and characteristic practice that sets GlenDronach apart.

Donor: Brown-Forman

 

SILENT LOT 221

One magnum [1.5L] D.R. Stephens 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Moose Valley Vineyard

When Don and Trish Stephens met in 1994, they shared the same aspiration to create world-class wine. In 1996 when they found what would become the property for their beautiful vineyard in St. Helena, they knew they could finally fulfill that ambition. After Trish developed and designed their French-European home, they planted their nine-acre vineyard together in Moose Valley. In 2002 they released their first vintage of wine – their 1999 Moose Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since that first vintage, their Moose Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has consistently earned outstanding reviews and this vintage is no different. Awarded 91 points by Wine Advocate: a sexy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon with supple tannins, juicy, big blackcurrant fruit flavors, with licorice, background spice and wood. It’s medium to full-bodied, lush, and ideal for drinking now and over the next decade. A treat to be enjoyed by any wine lover.

Donor: D.R. Stephens Estate

 

SILENT LOT 222

Four magnums [1.5L] Au Bon Climat 2015, one each; “Knox Alexander” Pinot Noir; “Isabelle” Pinot Noir; Hildegard, Estate Bottled White Blend; “Nuits Blanches Au Bouge” Chardonnay

It takes a “Mind Behind” to create the world of Au Bon Climat, and a team to carry out the vision. The ABC team is a dedicated bunch that truly does believe life is too short to drink bad wine (who would dare to disagree!?). With Jim Clendenen at the helm, there is a balanced approach to life that is evident in the wines and in an upbeat workplace. Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast. The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines. In addition to his Burgundian-focused Au Bon Climat wines, Jim also established another brand, Clendenen Family Vineyards. The 2015 Knox Alexander Pinot Noir is very light in the glass. This elegant bottling by Jim Clendenen shows spicy aromas of mace, crushed sage and eucalyptus, set against tangy cranberry and hibiscus aromas. It’s a sprightly wine on the palate, with thyme, bay leaf and rusty cranberry flavors; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast. The 2015 Isabelle Pinot Noir is a blend from multiple vineyards and shows that site specific cuvées are not always the best. This wine is a beauty with a complex, layered style in its mulberry, cherry, spice box, flowers, and forest floor notes. Just gorgeous on the palate, with perfect balance, no hard edges, and a seamless texture, it has fine, integrated tannins and a great finish, and an excellent rating of 93 from Wine Enthusiast. It’s reminiscent of a top Volnay and will keep for 10-15 years. Next up, the Hildegard Estate White is a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté that emulates the pre-phylloxera plantings on Corton-Charlemagne—reveals notes of buttered apples, preserved citrus, toasted macadamia nut, struck match and a framing of toasty new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and bright, with nice depth and a racy finish – 92 rating from Robert Parker. As previsions renditions demonstrate, this singular cuvée evolves very attractively in bottle. Considering this wine was matured in 100% new François Frères barrels, it’s already remarkably integrated. Last but not least, the complex and warm Nuits Blanches Au Bouge Chardonnay. With rich aromas of sandalwood, cinnamon, brioche French toast, vanilla and nutmeg, the smells make for a lush and attention-grabbing entry to this bottling. There is great cohesion of those spices on the plate alongside a bright lemony streak that cuts through the white peach and Marcona almond flavors. Wine Enthusiast rated the bottle an excellent 95 points. You do not want to miss out on this fine selection!

Donor: Au Bon Climat Winery

 

SILENT LOT 223

One magnum [1.5L] Gallica 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

Gallica Wine strives to practice lightly touching the land from the tending of their vines, thoughtful winemaking methods, to the simplicity of their packaging, Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread’s vision for a wine of her own, eventually called GALLICA, grew slowly. Inspired by earlier work at prestigious properties in both Napa Valley and Bordeaux, wines were made and a brand grew. The philosophy is a simple one: to craft elegant single vineyard wines which accurately depict the site and the story of each unique vintage. The brand symbol is a tribute to the ancient rose, their aromatics, and enhancement to winemaking.

Gallica’s beautiful 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has velvety tannins, loads of plum, blackberry and cassis fruit and a floral component. It has a medium to full-bodied personality that would suggest a suave complex wine from a Bordeaux or Margaux appellation. The wine, receiving a 95 from Robert Parker, is quite beautiful with purity, richness and an overall charm that make this an endearing effort in 2013. Moreover, it should drink well for another 20+ years.

Donor: Rosemary Cakebread

 

 SILENT LOT 224

A trio of Cabs from Washington State, one bottle [750mL] each: 2012 Quilceda Creek, 2007 Corliss., 2008 Columbia Crest Reserve.

Three stellar Cabernet Sauvignons from Washington State that will compare to California’s best!

Quilceda Creek set the benchmark for Washington Cabernet Sauvignon in 2012, an ideal vintage that produced wines of power and elegance. The wine was named #2 of the top 10 wines released that year and rated 96 by Wine Spectator. Winemaker Paul Golitzin blended fruit from four vineyards to attain the distinctive flavors, polished texture and vibrant balance that are the hallmarks of this wine. The bulk of the grapes came from Horse Heaven Hills, including the Golitzin family’s Palengat Vineyard and neighboring Champoux Vineyard. The Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain provided additional structure and power. Polished, focused and generous, with red plum and cherry flavors in an elegant package, framed with fine tannins. A savory, meaty note runs through this at a subterranean level. Lingers beautifully. Drink through 2028. The 2007 Corliss was rated 94 by Wine Enthusiast, concentrated and wonderfully aromatic, this wine aged for 32 months in 75% new French oak, plus another 28 months in bottle prior to its release. Smooth as silk, it mixes berry, cherry and plum notes, with whiffs of smoke, green tea, and chocolate. Just past the stage of primary fruit flavors, it drinks beautifully, but can certainly be cellared for another decade at least. Last but certainly not least, the 2008 Columbia Crest Reserve. Awarded 93 points by Wine Spectator; chewy with tannin, but bursting with fresh currant and plum, sneaking in hints of mint and black tea as the finish lingers. A graceful wine that has miles to go. Best from 2013 through 2019.

Donor: Kimbro Maguire and Penny Lynch

 

SILENT LOT 225

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical Pride 2007-2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Those who have previously attended L’Amour du Vin will recognize Pride Mountain Vineyards as a two-time Featured Vintner. Suzanne Pride Bryan has co-owned Pride Mountain Vineyards with her brother Steve since 2004 and has consistently produced some of the best Cabernet that California has to offer. These wines, contributed by donor Jim Mason, are an incredible sampling of Pride’s stellar Cabs.

The 2007, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, shows lovely blue fruit and cocoa alongside the beautiful dark fruit you would expect; rated 92 by Robert Parker. The 2008, featuring the same blend as the 2007, is delightfully evocative, with notes of cedar, black cherry, and tobacco; rated 91 by Wine Advocate. As a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2009 vintage is a charming succession of blackberry and plum, followed by bold tannins and tobacco; rated 93 by Wine Advocate. The 2010 blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, was the result of one of the latest harvest by Pride Mountain Vineyards, yielding an over-the-top fusion of blackberry, plum, and cherry; rated 89 by Robert Parker and 92 by Wine Enthusiast. As a blend of 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2011 is boasts ripe black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with underbrush and dusty, loamy soil characteristics. The complex aromatics are followed by a beautifully poised, pure, medium to full-bodied Cabernet with silky tannins and a precocious, lush personality – 91 per Robert Parker. The youngest of these wines, the 2012, is a killer effort and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage. It is a big cuvée of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep purple, with notes of white chocolate, créme de cassis, blackberry, crushed rock and spring flowers, the wine has great intensity and a full-bodied mouthfeel, as well as beautiful purity, ripeness and length. Be sure to grab this collection while you still can – all of these wines are sold out!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 226

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical [2008-2013] Pride Vineyards Merlot, Napa & Sonoma Counties

No collection is complete without two-time featured winery Pride Mountain Vineyards. Suzanne Pride Bryan’s bold reds are an outstanding representation of California’s wine industry, and this vertical of her Merlot, donated by Jim Mason, will make an impressive addition to any collection.

The 2008, an alluring show of red cherries, coffee, and anise, is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon; rated 90 by Robert Parker and 93 by Wine Enthusiast.  Stephen Tanzer awarded the 2009 blend of 88% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, and .5% Cabernet Franc 90, and described it as having “sexy, expressive aromas of red currant, red plum, chocolate and nutty oak.” The 2010, with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, was unique in showing vivid blue fruit on the nose before opening to darker fruit on the palate; rated 90 by Wine Advocate. The 2011 blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a whimsical creation, with delicate berry notes between bright acidity and firm tannins; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast. The 2012, 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a classic Merlot bouquet of coffee beans, white chocolate, mocha, black cherries and plums; llush, heady, sexy, medium to full-bodied. The final wine in this collection, the 2013 is 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast, the wine offers bold black plum and berry, extracted fullness of tannin and French oak. Lingers on the finish. This six-bottle vertical is must-have for any collector of phenomenal California Merlot!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

 SILENT LOT 227

Three magnumns [1.5L] Copain 2013 one each: Monument Tree, Pinot Noir; Brousseau, Chalone Syrah; Laureles Grade, Chardonnay

Founded in 1999, Copain, meaning “friend” or “buddy” in French, embodies the philosophy that wine can enhance life’s most joyous moments. Life experiences should be shared with friends and family. Copain specializes in vineyard designate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah – this lot includes one of each. The Monument Tree delivers deep, developed and concentrated fruit. Like the commanding solitary redwood that towers above the vineyard, this Pinot Noir is both singular and stunning with a round, silky palate and a long, lingering finish, with a rating of 93 from Wine Enthusiast. The Brousseau Syrah combines blackberries and roan berries, with notes of violet; will be best served after 5-6 years of aging. Finally, the Laureles Grade is full of citrus flavors with a hint of mineral. It is well balanced and has a clean finished, with a rating of 90 by Robert Parker; medium-bodied and elegant.

Donor: Atlas Fine Wines a Division of Jackson Family Wines/Copain Wines

 

SILENT LOT 228

Trio of 2013 Napa Cabs from wineries featured at LDV 2017, one each: Pride Mountain Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, and Vineyard 7 & 8.

Three spectacular bottles of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the wineries featured at L’Amour du Vin 2017. The Pride Mountain 2013 Cab was sourced 72% Napa County, 28% Sonoma County; and was awarded 94 points by Robert Parker: a terrific nose of blackberry, chocolate, licorice and cassis. Some toast is in the background, but clearly, the fruit is dominant in this full-bodied, voluptuously textured and opulent, dramatic, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. It is open and delicious and shows no signs of closing down any time soon. The Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cab is a blend of grapes from Napa Valley and St. Helena. A touch darker in color James Laube rated 90 points describing it as having rich mocha and blackberry aromas fold over to cedar and spice notes, showing a measure of suppleness in the midpalate and ending with nice structure and firm, gripping tannins. It offers great intensity and the flavors are an exquisite mix of earthy black fruits. Last but not least, Vineyard 7 & 8 – currently rated 96 by Wine Spectator and 92 by Robert Parker. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon [sourced from Spring Mountain] and shows the high-elevation, chocolaty, ripe blackcurrant fruit that one expects in mountain Cabernet, with good acidity, ripe tannin and a long, heady, rich finish. It is full-bodied and should drink nicely for at least two decades. An amazing trio worth saving for years to come!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 229

One magnum [1.5L] Hanzell Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay in branded wooden box; PLUS farm tour and tasting for up to four guests

Hanzell Vineyards was founded in 1953 by James D. Zellerbach. Named after his wife Hana, Hanzell sits at the southern toe of the Mayacamus mountain range overlooking the south-western end of the Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. At Hanzell Vineyards the team strives to capture and illuminate personalities of the property’s diverse bio farm, greater surroundings, and people through wines with an emphasis on harmony, verve freshness, and structure. This 2015 Chardonnay is a little reticent to begin, slowing unfurling to reveal lemon tart, apple pie and nectarine notions with hints of honeyed toast, cashews and orange blossoms. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing and elegantly styled with many citrus and stone fruit layers accented by savory suggestions and a satiny texture, finishing long and mineral laced. Rated 93+ by Wine Advocate, 94 by Wine Enthusiast. Included in this lot is a tour and tasting for four guests. The experience is both education and interactive – learn the history, farming and winemaking philosophies; take a drive through the vineyards; tour the winery production site; and taste current released wines. Allow 90 minutes for this experience; by appointment only. Guests must be 21 years of age. Valid until March 2020. No major Holidays.

Donor: Hanzell Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 230

Three bottles [750mL] Darioush 2014 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Featured at last year’s L’Amour du Vin Darioush is a family-first company that prides itself on being grand in scale, yet human in focus. This lot offers three bottles of their Signature Series 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Darioush’s estate vineyards in Mount Veeder and Napa Valley, where this wine is sourced from in southern Napa Valley, have really hit their stride producing fruit with splendid concentration, compelling freshness and graceful complexity. Of the 2014 vintage, James Laube of Wine Spectator: manages to balance two strong impressions, that of chewy, extracted dark berry flavors and accompanying tannins, resulting in a dusty, dry and savory mix. A great wine made by great friend to the KMA!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

 

 

 

 

SILENT LOT 231

Three-year vertical Beaux Fréres Vineyard Pinot Noir, Beaux Fréres Vineyard; six bottles [750mL], two each: 2007-2009. 

While on vacation in 1986, Michael Etzel came upon an 88-acre pig farm for sale located on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon. After some deliberation, Michael purchased the farm with his brother-in-law (the French idiom is “beaux frères”), Robert Parker, Jr. Michael uprooted his young family from Colorado and moved to the farm the following summer. He began his focused pursuit as a vineyard manager by planting only Pinot Noir and slowly transforming the old pig and dairy farm into his jewel. While planting his own vineyard, Michael worked four harvests at Ponzi Winery. In 1991, a renovation of one of the barns led to the creation of Beaux Frères Winery. With each new vintage, Michael’s efforts further unveil his pursuit of Pinot Noir that is the purest expression of the vineyard. This impressive vertical of

This three-year vertical of the Beaux Frères Pinot Noirs, sourced from Beaux Frères Vineyard, are remarkable expressions of Oregonian Pinot Noir, and the critics agree. Wine Spectator rated the 2007, 2008, and 2009 vintages 92, 92, and 93. Each of these wines is balanced and elegant with seamless finishes. Experience a taste of Oregon wine today!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 232

One bottle [750mL] Cantina Mascarello 1979 Barolo, Denominazione d’Origine Controllata

A recent retrospective from Antonio Galloni notes that Barolo became all the rage in the 1960s. Nestled just off Via Roma in the heart of the village of Barolo, Cantina Bartolo Mascarello remains a bastion of traditional, artisan values in Piedmont. Giulio Mascarello founded Cantina Mascarello in 1920 and owns Nebbiolo parcels in the towns of Barolo and La Morra, all of which have been in the family for two or more generations. Maria-Theresa Mascarello has now taken the reins of the operation, but this 1979 vintage would have been the handy work of her grandfather. Smoky nose of tobacco and rosemary, floral and rhubarb notes with sweet herbs and chinato scents. Strong, dry tannis, complex, and very satisfying. Drink by 2039.

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse

 

SILENT LOT 233

Classic tasting for 4 guests; includes two magnums [1.5L] from Whetstone Wine Cellars; 2015 vintage, one each: Catie’s Corner Viognier, Russian River Valley; and Pleasant Hill Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Family-owned and operated in the heart of Napa Valley since 2002, Whetstone Wine Cellars produces outstanding limited-production, single-vineyard wine. LDV patrons may remember Jamey Whetstone as the Featured Vintner of 2016. Originally from South Carolina, Jamey fell in love with the lifestyle and community of Napa Valley the minute he arrived in 1996. He got his start in winemaking at Turley Wine Cellars where he received the backbone of his education for the better part of seven years. Melding his southern roots and hospitality with the sense of community the Napa Valley exudes, Jamey alongside his talented and charming wife Michelle have created an experience and wine that is effortlessly elegant and thoughtful. The winning bidder of this lot will receive two magnums from the winery’s 2015 vintage. The Catie’s Corner Viognier is a beautiful golden yellow, bright nose of apricot, lemon and orange; elements of apricot and peach with a lovely minerality. The Pleasant Hill Pinot Noir is deep ruby in color, medium-bodied with flavors of Bing cherry, raspberry, orange pekoe and tabacoo; finishes with long bright notes. Fetch your bottles at the gorgeous Whetstone Wine Cellars tasting room in Napa where the winning bidder and three guests will experience an intimate, seated tasting experience (often hosted by Michelle Whetstone!) featuring current releases paired with savory herbs de provence almonds. Expect a blend of Southern charm, warm hospitality admist the wine country luxury that can be found in all elements of the Whetstone experience. Appointment must be made in advance; mutually agreeable date and time. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Whetstone Wine Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 234

One magnum [1.5L] Fair Niente 2016 Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Napa Valley PLUS; tour and tasting for 4

Established in 1885, Far Niente Winery originally functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving grapes through each stage of production. Then for almost 100 years, the winey was left abandoned. It was not until 1982 when Far Niente was resurfaced by Gil Nickel. He chose to preserve the Far Niente name because of its Italian translation, meaning “without a care”. Nickel hoped to recapture the bygone era of life when people lived without a care. The 2016 Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a blend of superlative Napa Valley vineyards, resulting in the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas and uncommon richness that have long been associated with Far Niente Chardonnay. Rated 94 by Wilfred Wong. Included with this lot is a tour and tasting at the beautiful Far Niente Estate in Oakville, California. Walk through the historic winery, wine caves and gardens, then experience a tasting of current and library vintages. By appointment only; must book 6-8 weeks in advance.

Donor: Far Niente


SILENT LOT 235

Six bottles [750mL] ] Bergström 2010 Pinot Noir, Bergström Vineyard

Josh Bergström’s new world wines are steeped in old world connections. Josh studied wine in Burgundy and would later meet his wife Caroline in Beaune. With his love of Burgundy, it is no surprise that Josh dedicated his winemaking efforts at Bergström Wines to perfecting Oregon Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This 2010 Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir features pungent sage and incense, black pepper and brown spices, lemon and orange rinds, all inflecting tart-edged cherry and cranberry, with some of the same Syrah-reminiscent beef blood character but also a bit of Zinfandel about it thanks to its combination of high-toned herbs and citrus oil as well as the tart edge to its red fruits. There is mouth-shaking intensity now to the penetrating finish of this wine almost sure to merit attention through 2022. Rated 92 by Robert Parker.

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 236

One magnum [1.5L] Clos Saint Jean 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Sanctus Sanctorum, Rhone, France 

Clos Saint Jean hardly needs an introduction. Considered by many to be a premiere producer of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Saint Jean is run by brothers Vincent and Paul Maurel and has been in the family since its founding in 1900. Located in one of the finest regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Le Crau, the estate’s rich clay and warm climate produce the finest grapes and wines year after year.

The 2016 is no exception. This magnum, which received 100 from Jeb Dunnuck and 99 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, is a testament to the estate’s continued excellence. The Santus Sanctorum is produced from only the oldest and finest Grenache vines, resulting in some of the finest expressions of Grenache in the world. Wine Advocate described it as “incredibly intense and dramatic…it’s a tour de force that may prove to be perfection for some.” With alluring spices on the nose and a unique blend of delicate tannins, rich black cherry, and subtle mineral notes on the palate, this an achievement that demands attention. Whether you enjoy it now or age it for another 15 years, don’t miss out on adding this exemplary creation to your cellar. Bid now!

Donor: Ashe’s Wine & Spirits

 

SILENT LOT 237

One magnum [1.5L] Clos Saint-Jean 2015 “Sanctus Sanctorum” Châteauneuf-du-Pape

This delicious bottle comes to you all the way from a world-class winery located in the south of France. Robert Parker says Clos Saint Jean is, “one of the most exciting addresses not only in France, but in the entire wine world… In short, these wines are not to be missed!” Sanctus Sanctorum is only made in the best vintages and comprised of fruits from wines well over 100 years old. Loaded with notions of blueberries, spices, and crushed flowers work together to express a full-bodied and layered taster with sweet building, sweet tannin. Receiving ratings of 95+, this wine will transport your taste buds to Southern France and deliver an exquisite tasting experience.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 238

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical Jordan Vineyard & Winery 2006-2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, in wooden box

Jordan is a L’Amour du Vin patron favorite, and for good reason! Located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, their mission is to create Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignons. Since its founding in 1972, Jordan has created a new standard for wine quality and wine country hospitality and has become a master of Cabernet Sauvignons and you can count on these bottles aging beautifully. Each bottle holds a unique flavor. From hints of tobacco, to a black berry aroma, with a cherry-laced finish, these full reds are very well balanced. With soft tannins and an inviting mouthfeel, balanced by a backbone of clean acidity helps to keep the different notes cohesive and complementary. Alexander Valley is in the heart of the wine country, which further emboldens the flavors of the grapes as they age. These Cabernets can be opened immediately or allowed to breath for thirty minutes to an hour to further enhance aromas and flavors, before enjoying with a delicious grilled steak on a warm night. The real stand out in this lot is the 2010 vintage, which was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Donor: Jordan Vineyard & Winery

 

SILENT LOT 239

One magnum [1.5L] Continuum Estate 2016 Proprietary Red, Sage Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley; PLUS tour and tasting

Four generations of the Mondavi family have grown and produced wines among the world’s finest. Cesare Mondavi was the first to bring wine to the table but it was his son Robert’s passion for excellence, which inspired both his family and the world. Tim and Marcia Mondavi, along with their children, maintain this continuum of excellence, innovation and tradition at their estate, high on Pritchard Hill, Continuum is a single wine, produced with clarity of focus at the highest quality level. A unique wine, it is a blend of Cabernet family varieties grown on the winery’s hillside vineyard above the Napa Valley. Their 2016 Proprietary Red is deeply flavored, with layers of blueberry, black cherry, mocha, and mint that build up with each sip. Although not yet rated, the last vintage (2015) secured a coveted 100 points from James Suckling – so there isn’t any doubt this wine will be another showstopper you can’t miss the opportunity to add to your collection.

Included with this gem is a tour and tasting at the estate winery, which was designed by architect Howard Backen. Worthy of noting for art lovers – the winery’s label was created by the owner’s daughter Chiara Mondavi, who painted the work “Light of the Vine” from the shadow of a vine her father planted 25 years previously. The original is 12 x 6 feet – be sure to ask to see it when you visit!

Donor: Continuum Estate

 

SILENT LOT 240

Two bottles of Herb Lamb 2014 HL Cabernet Sauvignon, one each: magnum [1.5L] and standard [750ml]

Herb Lamb Vineyards produces small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from its hillside vineyard in the foothills of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. In operation for over 25 years the quality of the grapes were first noticed in the early 90s by Michael Trujillo of Karl Lawerence Cellars and year after by Ann Colgin who selected the vineyard as the sole sources for her signature wine. The highly-sought after wines of TOR are often sourced from Herb Lamb Vineyards as well. The winery started their own bottling in 1997 of just 50 cases, which has grown to 300 cases (still a limited boutique offering).

The 2014 HL Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward with sweet, ripe fruit flavors. The nose shows seamless, pure fruit and sweet tobacco leaf highlighted by dark berry and black cherry with cocoa hints and ripe blue and red fruit. In the mouth, the wine is lean and crisp, yet focused and plush, showing ripe, fresh blackberry and cherry fruit and dark, bitter- sweet Bakers cocoa. The entry is velvety and feminine, with fine tannins well integrated into the wine. The structure, weight and depth of flavors in this wine will allow it to age gracefully. Awarded 94 points by James Suckling. A gem from an iconic vineyard! Drink now or hold for 6-8 years.

Donor: Jennifer Lamb

 

SILENT LOT 241

Eight bottles [750mL] Landmark Pinot Noir, two each: 2002 Kastania; 2005 Kanzler; 2012 Grand Detour, Sonoma Coast; 2013 Rayhill Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Originally founded in 1974, by Damaris Deere Ford, the great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, Landmark Vineyards relies on old world techniques to create luscious, complex wines sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. The winery has consistently produced top-rated wines, and these are no exception. The 2002 Kastania, rated 94 by Robert Parker, features intense flavors of wild berry and black cherry coupled with aromas of blackberries, baked apples, herbs, and flowers. With a medium to full-bodied pallet, Robert Parker calls it “the finest effort yet from the Kastania Vineyard.” Rated 91 by Robert Parker, the 2005 Kanzler is a top-notch red wine with beautiful peppery, spicy, forest floor, and underbrush notes intermixed with sweet black cherry and blue fruits that jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged Pinot. This complex wine possesses a medium to full body with fine-grained tannins and balanced flavor. Next, another highly-rated wine, the 2012 Grand Detour incorporates strawberry, black cherry, plum, and blackberry flavors balanced with notes of oak; a medium to full-bodied red, silky tannins add texture and complexity. Rated 93 by Robert Parker. Finally, the 2013 Rayhill Vineyard, an elegant and complex combination of red and dark fruits, spices, and herbs. Robert Parker rated this full-bodied red a 94 and calls it a big-time winner. Take his word for it and be sure to be the winner of all these wines! Bid!

Donor: Steve and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 242

Three bottles [750mL] Bell Wine Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, one each: Clone 6 Rutherford, Napa Valley; Clone 7 Napa Valley; Clone 337 Rutherford, Napa Valley

A small family owned winery nestled into Yountville, Bell Wine Cellars is committed to producing wines in small lots and with a careful balance. Each wine’s grapes are grown in select vineyards with careful attention in each varietal to the growing conditions of the particular vine. The focus at Bell Wine Cellars is and always has been their Cabernet Sauvignon. Their signature Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon was the first of it’s kind in the United States. The wine is aged in barrels for 2 years before bottling and then bottle-aged for 18 months before release. Consistently rated in the 90+ range, each of these wines comes from a meticulous process of winemaking. The Clone 337 is known for its low-yielding vines and has tasting notes filed with fruit and spice. The Clone 7 is described as “a modern classic” and contains a velvety texture with aromas of freshly ripened fruit. Enjoy now or cellar for several years!

Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Reinhold Mann

 

SILENT LOT 243

Personalized tour and tasting itinerary for up to four guests from Cultured Vine PLUS, one magnum [1.5L] Promise 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

If navigating through Napa Valley has been your dream, then look no further the custom concierge services of Cultured Vine. Roll like a rockstar to under the radar gems that are often not open to the public. For the winning bidder, Cultured Vine will create a special one-day itinerary for four guests. Be furthermore the envy of your friends when the gates to the Promise Estate for your visit. Fondly called the Promised Land, it is not a fairytale, but a ticket to tasting some of the best wine Napa has to offer. Founded in 2004, the winery is the realization of a promise owner Stephen McPherson made to his wife on their wedding day – to fulfill his lifelong dream of making wine. Promise wines have been featured in multiple publications including Oprah Magazine, ESPN, and Bazaar; they are not available in distribution and only way in is through another member. Coveted by the who’s who of Hollywood and the wine enthusiast that has found Promise along their wine journey, the opportunity is now yours for the taking! To get your mouth salivating, enjoy a rare magnum of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from Hillside Rutherford grapes, the wine features bold, luscious flavors with a balanced and complex structure. Mutually agreeable date; not available on holidays or Sundays. Meals, transportation, and tasting fees may apply. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Promise Wine/Cultured Vine

 

SILENT LOT 244

Twelve bottles [750mL] Robert Turner Wines Pinot Noir, three each: 2012 Dutton Ranch; 2013 Dutton Ranch; 2014 Russian River; and 2016 Dutton Ranch

Take home not one, not two, but twelve bottles of this excellent boutique wine. Robert Turner began as a true “garagiste,” buying gapes from vineyards in Napa and Russian River Valley until 2005 when the demand had far outgrown the current operation and the winery moved to Stoney Springs just north of St. Helena in Napa Valley, marking the official creation of Robert Turner Wines.

Dutton Ranch, the source of 3 of the wines included in this lot, is located near the town of Graton in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. These wines are characterized by aromas of violets and cranberry, with a core of ripe plum and black cherry flavors. They are fresh, vibrant and ends on the palate a clean, pure finish. Due to limited production each vintage is nearly impossible to find and only available for purchase in California, Canada, and Memphis (Robert’s hometown!). This offering is from his private collection. Don’t miss the opportunity to take home these special wines you will not find anywhere else! Drink now through 2022.

Donor: Robert and Shirley Turner

 

SILENT LOT 245

A pair of magnums [1.5L] from Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, one each: 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

It was two years ago that Beth Novak Milliken, Spottwoode Estate Winery President and CEO, was here at L’Amour du Vin sharing amazing wines with us! Spottswoode is one of the most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon wineries in Napa Valley, a two-time featured vintner at L’Amour du Vin (2013 and 2017), and a favorite among LDV patrons. Spottswoode wines are especially known for their refined elegance, balance, and classic structure. Crafted with care, this 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is a serious and expressive wine with structure and sophistication, meant to stand among the greatest Sauvignon Blancs in the world. Its grapes were sourced from primarily from Sonoma Mountain and Knights Valley with just a tough (5%) from Napa Valley. Mouth-coating and viscous, with balancing acid tensions and great mouth-watering juiciness, this wine has an initial impression of lime zest, lemon pith, and citrus blossom, the beauty is there aromatically. Rated 94 by Wine Enthusiast; 90 by Wine Advocate. The 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a showstopper – Robert Parker 95+, Wine Enthusiast 98, James Suckling 96 – wow! Amazing burnt-orange and currant aromas with tar and lead pencil. Blackberries, too. Changes all the time. Mesmerizing. Full-bodied and powerful with super-polished tannins and a long and intense finish. The polished and fine tannins coat your mouth. Glorious. (per James Suckling). It will age well into the next 30-35 years and a must-have vintage for any Cabernet enthusiast!

Donor: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery

 

SILENT LOT 246

Three bottles [750mL] Young Inglewood, one each: 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Right Bank Blend, 2017 Vine Clair Rose: PLUS, private tasting at the estate in St. Helena, Napa Valley

Young Inglewood is committed to producing wines of place, stewarded from vine to bottle by mother and son winemakers Jacky and Scott. With old world non-interventionist winemaking practices, the estate’s signature character is transformed into wines of balance and grace. The winery produces a small portfolio of Napa grown, Bordeaux-inspired wines harvested by sight, touch and taste, waiting for the optimal balance of sugar, acids and flavor. Jacky and Scott live and work onsite, hand-crafting their limited production wines for balance and elegance, and welcoming guests to the Napa gem that is Young Inglewood.

With a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon and a smidgen of Malbec, there’s something for everyone in the release of Young Inglewood’s Right Bank Blend. A superbly balanced wine with seductive aromas and a riot of tastes and flavors, enjoyable now or supremely age able. From the beautiful 2014 vintage, you are not going to want to miss this. The 2017 Vin Clair all but explodes from the glass when it’s poured, with its tantalizing bouquet of spring flowers, sweet and tart raspberries and coastal breezes. The color of pale pink copper, the wine’s stone fruit and red berry flavors are light as air, yet carry an unexpected heft contributed by its mineral backbone and fresh acidity. A perfected Rosé that travels from the cocktail hour to the table with effortless grace. Finally, the 2012 Young Inglewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, a pleasure to look at, smell, and taste. It is also the first Estate vinted in their new winery, which was finished (just!) in time to receive the fruit. The wine’s expressive nose offers aromas of wild herbs, graphite and ripe black fruits. Smooth and integrated, delivering a velvety mouthfeel, with black cherry and cassis complemented by subtle notes of damp earth and forest floor. Its finish is long and sensuous. Rated 93 by James Suckling.  Enjoy all this and plus a private tasting experience at the beautiful Young Inglewood Estate in St. Helena, Napa Valley. Bid on this hidden gem now!

Donor: Young Inglewood Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 247

One double magnum [3L] Lamborn 2015 Vintage XIII Cabernet Sauvignon

Longtime attendants of L’Amour du Vin are no doubt familiar with the incredible wines crafted by Heidi Barrett. After rising to widespread renown at Screaming Eagle, Heidi Barrett has worked with Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, and Paradigm, among others, while running her own winery, La Sirena. Her continued efforts at the 4th generation-owned Lamborn Family Vineyards are particularly noteworthy for their rich fruit, enticing bouquets, and balanced oak.

This 2015 double magnum, one of only six produced, is Heidi Barrett and Lamborn Family Vineyards’ most recent release of Cabernet Sauvignon and another brilliant success. Comprised of 100% estate-grown grapes, this bottle truly captures the sumptuous and decadent nature of Lamborn’s highly sought-after Howell Mountain plantings. In Heidi’s own words, this wine has “rich notes of wild blueberry and currant” that are deftly balanced with “boysenberry, roasted coffee, and textured layers of vanilla”. With a cellar life of 20+ years, this stunning bottle can be enjoyed now or for many years yet to come.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add a rare beauty to your collection!

Donor: Lamborn Family Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 248

Tour and tasting for 6 at Blankiet Estate in Yountville, California; plus, one bottle [750mL] Blankiet Estate Rive Droite, Paradise Hills Vineyards

In 1996 with the vision of producing world-class wines, Claude and Katherine Blankiet ushered in the estate’s vineyard, suitably named Paradise Hills. Blankiet Estate is located in the Napa Valley, one of the most prestigious wine growing areas in the world. Just an hour drive northeast of San Francisco, the property is nestled above Yountville on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. During your visit you will discover the vineyards, visit the winery and tour its deep underground caves before heading up the hill to the beautiful tasting room nestled under a stone castello reminiscent of Renaissance times. Countless guests have shared that their visit to Blankiet Estate was the highlight of their trip to the Napa Valley, an experience they will always remember. Lucky for the winning bidder, you won’t have to wait to taste what Blankiet has to offer. Including with this lot is a bottle of their Estate Rive Driote. A true Bordeaux right bank wine; merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. Gorgeously fruit forward with a core of minerality. Ratings from Antonio Galloni, Stephen Tanzer and Robert Parker are consistently in the mid to high 90s.

Donor: Blankiet Estate

 

SILENT LOT 249

Three magnums [1.5L] Trois Noix 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Jaime Araujo Bézian and Greg Araujo spent two decades working and living around the globe until finding their way back to Napa Valley to get back to the family business of wine. Along with their suitcases they returned with a French husband, a Spanish wife, and three little “peanuts”: Carmen, Aidan and Angèle. Trois Noix (“Three Nuts” in French) is their combined effort, adding another chapter to the already rich Araujo family wine story in the Napa Valley (Araujo Estate and Eisele Vineyard).

This 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and polished with smooth tannins and great balance, and plenty of delicious red cherry and blackberry fruit. James Suckling awarded it 93 points: very pretty with flowers, crushed stones and hints of blueberries. Full body, a fine chewy texture with refined tannins and a clean finish. Very focused.

Donor: Trois Noix Wine

 

SILENT LOT 250

Three bottles [750mL] The Debate 2015 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, one bottle each: To Kalon, Missouri Hopper, and Dr. Crane

The Debate’s mission is to bring people together to share a glass of wine to discuss and debate just as their team does. The Debate team consists of two friends who wanted to bring their unique perspectives together to create thought provoking and delicious wines that extend beyond the sense of taste to the thrill of telling stories and the art of listening. This lot includes three outstanding 2015 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignons. Each with unique characteristics, the To Kalon has granular tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The To Kalon’s biggest secret is its acidity. Next, the Missouri Hopper exhibits a balanced acidity and soft tannins. The Dr. Crane is a deep, dark and lush. The challenge was to protect the fruit from the sun, in order to pick at the opium ripeness without dehydration, to achieve the perfect taste. All with excellent ratings by Robert Parker: The Missouri Hopper and To Kalon scored a 98 and the Dr. Crane a 99.

Donor: Trey White, Athens Distributing Company of Tennessee

 

SILENT LOT 251

One magnum [1.5L] Hudson 2014 Old Master Red Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, Carneros; PLUS tour and tasting at Hudson Ranch for up to six guests

Located in the heart of Napa Valley’s Carneros District, Hudson Vineyards produces grapes from uniquely situated sites on two hundred acres of vineyards. Their premium grapes are sold to 27 wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, some of which produce wines from specific vineyard sites identified as distinct and bear the ‘Hudson Vineyards’ designation on their labels. But this 2014 Bordeaux beauty is the winery’s own bottling and the result of thirty years of meticulous winegrowing and winemaking experience. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this wine has a beautiful deep garnet-purple color. The intensity and flavor is indicative of the Carneros District where the cooling breezes off the Bay of San Francisco allow grapes a longer hang time to develop these without sacrificing acidity and balance. Rated 92+ by Wine Advocate Critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown: “exotic spice-laced nose over notions of cassis, wild blueberries, preserved plums and dusty earth, plus wafts of cedar chest and potpourri. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers spectacular energy, featuring taut, muscular black and blue fruit with a firm, grainy backbone and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and a spicy kick.” For the winning bidder and up to 5 guests a tour and tasting experience awaits them at the winery’s ranch, which has a unique collection of commissioned art. Expires March 1, 2020.

Donor: Hudson Ranch

 

SILENT LOT 252

One magnum [1.5L] Beaux Fréres 2017 Pinot Noir; PLUS tour and tasting for up to six

In 1986 Michael Etzel and his brother-in-law, Robert Parker, Jr., purchased an 88-acre pig and dairy farm and transformed it into what is now Beaux Fréres Vineyard and Winery. Named for the French word for “brothers-in-law”, this beautiful winery is located on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley in Oregon. Over half the farm is covered in Douglas fir trees, with the 30-acre vineyard sitting on the hillsides of the rich Willakenzie soils. They planted their first five acres of Pinot Noir plants in 1988, and since then have continued to produce extraordinary vintages of Pinot Noir. Though this vintage is not yet rated, their 2016 Beaux Fréres Pinot Noir earned a rating of 93 from Wine Advocate. With this lot, enjoy a tour and tasting for up to six guests where you can learn about the winery’s history, farming practices, and winemaking approach before tasting some of Beaux Fréres classic wines.

Donor: Beaux Fréres Vineyard and Winery

 

SILENT LOT 253

Three bottles [750mL] Pulido-Walker 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Panek Vineyard, Napa Valley, in custom birchwood box

Proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker have a long history in Napa Valley, building relationships and putting down roots in the community. In the early 1980s, Donna and Mark began making regular trips to the Valley, meeting vintners at iconic cellars where they often tasted from the barrel. They were drawn into tasting room discussions about harvest and the rhythms of crafting wine. Pulido-Walker is a natural outgrowth of the couple’s passion, as collectors, for the place and its promise. Their Mt. Veeder Estate is a testament to the family’s long-term commitment to Napa Valley and view toward the future. The Pulido-Walker label is inscribed with an ancient apothecary weight bearing the seasonal symbols of alchemy. This Old World instrument of precise measure expresses the family’s ardent determination to craft extraordinary wine authentic to its unique terroir.

With winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, distinct lots are selected from singular vineyards where the natural alchemy of geography, soil, climate, and clone combine to yield a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon greater than the sum of its parts. This 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Clones 6, 7, and 169 in St. Helena’s Panek Vineyard, cultivated on a rocky knoll in the shadow of the Mayacamas. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 20 months in French oak, 80% new, the wine has a deep garnet-purple color and gives up coffee, dried herbs and garrigue notions over a crème de cassis, blueberry pie and red currant jelly core with touches of cumin seed and black pepper – rated 97 by both Robert Parker. Medium to full-bodied, the taut, muscular palate is laden with savory and black fruit layers, featuring firm, ripe, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and earthy. A glass of this red will leave you wanting more!

Donor: Pulido-Walker Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 254

One double magnum [3L] Caymus 2012 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; and one bottle [750mL] Caymus 2010 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

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).

The 2012 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de cassis.  On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish.  The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak. Receiving and excellent rating 98 by Wilfred Wong and 96 by Robert Parker, you will want to add this special edition to your collection.

The 2010 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is also rated high, receiving a 98 by Robert Parker. This Opaque crimson color wine, is intriguing to the nose of freshly tilled Napa vineyard soil. The presence of this wine includes fine textural components balanced by an array of flavors including; ripe cherry, dried rose petal, cacao, mocha and cassis. A seamless, rich and alluring, youthful Napa Cabernet; perfectly complex and balanced. This will go down in our books as a difficult year that yielded a small production of very fine wine. Another great addition!

Donor: Robert E. Petrone

 

SILENT LOT 255

Four-Courses with Wine Pairings for 6 prepared by Chef Shelley Cooper at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro

Dancing Bear Lodge, a familiar mainstay nestled in the foothills of the Smokies in Townsend, has undergone significant renovations in recent years including the addition of a new restaurant, Appalachian Bistro, which just last year earned a spot on TripAdvisor’s “25 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.” At its helm is Chef Shelley Cooper, a Tennessee native with Southern culinary roots who has earned accolades from Bon Appetite, Food and Wine magazine, and The Wall Street Journal; and has been featured on PBS’ “Great Chefs of the South Cookbook” series and most recently on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” for her regionally inspired cuisine at Dancing Bear’s Appalachian Bistro. Her recipes have been published in numerous books including “Victuals; An Appalachian Journey – with Recipes,” winner of the James Beard Foundation 2017 Book of the Year Award.

With stints in Hilton Head, Los Angeles, and New Zealand, Chef Cooper’s experience lends itself to contemporary flavor profiles combined with food steeped in tradition. The winning bidder of this amazing lot and five lucky friends will get to experience her unique version of highbrow Appalachian cuisine with perfect wine pairings provided by Knoxville Beverage Company, so don’t hold back! Gratuity not included. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro and Knoxville Beverage Company

 

SILENT LOT 256

Four-course dinner in your own home with Chef Holly Hambright for 12

Holly Hambright, one of Knoxville’s best-known and beloved chefs, will prepare and be on-site for a special four-course dinner in your own home that is sure not to disappoint. Holly’s culinary journey began here in her home town, including a stint at The Lord Lindsey early in her career. She has cooked for presidents, governors, the Queen of Thailand, Frank Sinatra and if you are the lucky winning bidder – you! 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 servers is not included in the winning bid. Mutually agreeable date; expires March 2020.

Donor: Holly Hambright, Managing Partner and Chef of Holly’s Gourmet Market and Holly’s Eventful Dining

 

SILENT LOT 257

Dinner with wine pairings for 8 in the Paisley suite at Kitchen 919

Kitchen 919 is located in the building that once housed the Orangery in the heart of Bearden. Leading the charge is Chef Deron Little, of Season’s Innovative Bar & Grille, alongside Chef Carol Scott, Le Cordon Blue educated chef who formerly ran the Orangery. She has worked with Bobby Flay, Roy Yamaguchi, and in 2009 appeared as a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey. Carol has created a menu inspired by locally-sources favorites like Benton’s bacon, Joyce Farm chicken, Cruz Farm dairy, Sweetwater Valley cheeses, and Shelton Farm grits. This dinner includes four courses, prepared by Deron, Carol, and the Kitchen 919 team. Plus wines expertly paired with each course. Mutually agreeable date; gratuity not included.

Donor: Deron Little and Kitchen 919

 

SILENT LOT 258

Chef’s Five-Course Tasting Dinner with Wine Pairings for 6 at Northshore Brasserie

Will it be the Scottish Salmon, the Beef Short Rib, or the Pan Fried North Carolina Trout? Regardless of your choice of entrée, Executive Chef Joe Cunningham takes advantage of the broad array of local East Tennessee produce and meats to create his seasonal plates. The Northshore Brasserie has been distinguished by a 2017 Open Table Diners’ Choice Award by a “REAL Certified” designation from Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership. For over ten years, Northshore Brasserie has been creating French Belgian cuisine in a relaxed sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant’s local owners will ensure this evening will be one to remember. Some date restrictions may apply based on availability. Gratuity not included. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Northshore Brasserie; Brian and Stephanie Balest

 

SILENT LOT 259

Scarpetta Wine Dinner for 6 prepared by Chef Peter Glander of Knox Provisions

A trip to northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia inspired a passion for creating wines unique to this region and true to Italian traditions, part of everyday meals includes drinking good wine, great conversation, and little moments of celebration. Scarpetta was created as an homage to this lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones and really good food. That’s where Chef Peter Glander steps in to prepare a menu perfectly paired with the wines and experience. Chef Glander is a Culinary Institute of America graduate whose experience includes serving as the Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm, working with hospitality guru Danny Meyer and culinary star Gabriel Kreuther to open The Modern at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City, and most recently as chef of Knox Provisions Custom Catering. Scarpetta is a term that refers to a small piece of bread used to soak up the last bit of delicious sauce on your plate that you can’t possibly leave behind. This experience will certainly have you and five guests savoring every taste throughout the night! Scarpetta wines pairings will include: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Frico Bianoc, and Barbera del Monferrato (a collaboration with Fabrizio Iulli in Monferrato Piemonte!). Great wines, great food – a perfect pair! Dinner to be held in the home of the winning bidder on a mutually agreeable date. Gratuity not included; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Scarpetta Wine and Peter Glander of Knox Provisions Custom Catering

 

SILENT LOT 260

One magnum [1.5L] Knights Bridge 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley PLUS a private library tasting experience in The Vault in Calistoga

In 2006, several close-knit family members discovered 50 acres of hillside vineyards in Knights Valley, the perfect spot to produce exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is nestled on the pristine west side of Knights Valley, the warmest appellation in Sonoma County. It was here that the family decided to create Knights Bridge Winery with the singular goal of producing world-class wines. Joining on their quest is a group of talented professionals, all striving together in the pursuit of excellence from sustainable farming methods and small lot wine production to unique tasting experiences. Knights Bridge Winery is guided by a deep respect for nature, a passion for fine wines, and a dedication to family and friends.

Their 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon unfolds slowly and will age gracefully. Dark, condensed aromas of red plum, black cherry, dusty cocoa, and vanilla abound on the nose. On the palate, berry, cola, raspberry, and fig join in a tight middle core and a persistent finish. In addition to this bottle, the winning bidder will also enjoy a private, sit-down library tasting experience in The Vault in Calistoga on the beautiful Knight’s Bridge Estate for up to 6. Tasting must be booked in advance; expires 6/30/2020.

Donor: Knights Bridge Winery

 

SILENT LOT 261

Two magnums [1.5L] Rudd 2012 Oakville Estate, Napa Valley: one each, Red and Samantha’s Cabernet Sauvignon

Rudd Oakville Estate embodies a sense of timelessness, passing down expertise and commitment to the winery’s vision through generations. Samantha Rudd, now at the helm of the winery, was the featured vintner of L’Amour du Vin 2012. She is continuing the estate’s tradition of standing out as an exceptional place with unmatched terrior – uniquely situated within Napa Valley with a geologic backbone of volcanic rock weathered into core stone bedrock and alluvial sediments creating iron-rich, well-drained soil idea for growing grapes. The rocky, red, volcanic terrain of Rudd’s estate vineyards along Oakville’s eastern foothills is the ideal terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit or drive by during the Summer months you’ll notice the soil it is great for sunflowers too! For each vintage of the Oakville Estate Red, the winemaker selects the finest vineyard to blend. The 2012 vintage is dark in color with concentrated freshness. Persistence and freshness are remarkable for the wine’s density and ripe aromatics. With aerations, cedar and dry rosemary become more evident on the nose. A refined, fresh finished is accompanied by a hit of warm tobacco smoke and cocoa powder. Rated 94 by Robert Parker.

The 2012 Samantha’s Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 92 by Wine Spectator, presents a bold, assertive style that packs in a lot of flavor, with dense dark berry, mocha, mineral, cedar and loamy earth notes driving the core flavors. Though big and rowdy, there’s a measure of finesse and suppleness here that moves to the forefront. Named for winery founder Leslie Rudd’s daughter Samantha who shares and is carrying on his passion for handcrafting distinctive wines of artisanal quality. Both of these bottles are an excellent representation of what Rudd Oakville Estate has to offer!

Donor: Samantha Rudd

 

SILENT LOT 262

Two magnums [1.5L] VGS 2013, one each: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS Private lunch for up to four at the VGS Tasting House and Garden in beautiful St. Helena, CA

When Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, a French “wine spy,” was sent over to Napa in 1980 to spy for six months, he fell in love with the valley and never looked back. Now 35 years later, VGS (very good shit) Chateau Potelle has built a reputation of excellence for their distinctive wines. Long-time supporters of the KMA and a featured winery 15 years ago, VGS produces their wines with a blend of French and California winemaking traditions.

This 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon earned a 93 from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for its rich flavors of dark berries, sage, and hints of oak blended with aromas of lavender and spices. Their classic VGS Chardonnay encompasses a light grapefruit and pineapple palate, with subtle touches of lemon, orange, and almond on the nose. Both of these wines are sure to be a hit with any wine lover. Included in this lot is a private lunch for you and three guests at their beautiful Tasting House and Garden in St. Helena, California. Reservation required at least one month prior; mutually agreeable date.

Donor: VGS Chateau Potelle

 

SILENT LOT 263

One magnum [1.5L] FUTO OV | SL 2014 Proprietary Red Blend PLUS tour and tasting for 4

Futo Wines began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyards, a 40-acre property with seven acres of vineyard that had been established in the 80s. In 2004, an adjoining 117-acre parcel was added to the property, of which six acres were planted to vineyard under the direction of David Abreu and the winery’s first winemaker Mark Aubert. Today Futo is an uncompromising union of form and function under the direction of winemaker Jason Exposto. Tucked into the hills of Oakville, the winery and its activities are streamlined and gravity fed from the receipt of fruit to the bottling line. Surrounded by oaks and old growth forests the winery’s serenity belies its location in the hub of the Napa Valley, which the winning bidder and three of their guests will get to experience firsthand! Tours and tastings are by invitation only and must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.

Now, let’s get to the wine! Antonio Galloni said of Futo’s OV|SL Proprietary Red Blend – “These wines are stunning. Simple as that.” And other critics agree! 97 from Robert Parker and a nearly perfect 99 from James Suckling. Totally seamless in the glass, the 2014 OV|SL is all about levity. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender, and licorice give this vintage its many shades of nuance. But it is the harmony and balance that speaks to the synergy of our two vineyard sites that really elevate the wine into the sublime. The wine is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Sourced from FUTO’s original property, which sits just below BOND winery and Harlan Estate, and the newest acquisition on the southeastern corner of Stags Leap District; this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared until 2046. Top-night, AMAZING juice – only 499 cases bottled. Don’t miss this opportunity – bid!

Donor: Futo Estate

 

SILENT LOT 264

One magnum [1.5L] from the Library of Renteria Wines – Tres Perlas 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (bottle No. 96 of 144); PLUS lunch al fresco, wine tasting, and vineyard demo for up to six guests

Renteria Wines, now known as simply Tres Perlas, is owned by the Renteria Family, Salvador and his wife Maria Luisa and Oscar and his wife Denise. The family owns the most respected vineyard management companies in California; past and current clients include: Screaming Eagle, Trefethen, Duckhorn, Beaulieu Vineyard, Clos Pegase, Rombauer, and Keenan to name a few.  In 1997, the Renterias inaugurated Renteria Wines. In addition to their own vineyards in Napa, their connections allow access to choice blocks among those 1,800 acres they know so well. This has led to award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This 2008 is a classic from the Renteria library of past vintages. A blend of their best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a particularly excellent vintage for this varietal in Napa, this bottle has a beautiful etched label and is marked as bottle 96 of 144 – what a special find! The wine has an intense concentration and beautiful extract, also elegant with balanced tannins. The aromas are full of dark fruit character with fresh herbal and tobacco notes. This bottle has excellent depth and complexity that will has allowed it to age well. In addition to this magnum, enjoy lunch al fresco on the expansive desk of the Tres Perlas Vineyard Cottage in Napa, a hands-on demonstration with the Renteria Family, tequila tasting, and private tasting of the winery’s luxury Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon not available in distribution. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Tres Perlas

 

SILENT LOT 265

Fifteen bottles [750mL] French Bordeaux 2000 vintage, six Château Gloria St. Julien, four Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc, and five Château Lascombes Margaux

Fifteen outstanding wines from three appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, each with phenomenal ratings. The Château Gloria St. Julien is a medium to full-bodied red with a mix of sweet and savory flavors. Complex and balanced, the palate incorporates blueberry, blackberry, and plum flavors dressed in traces of tobacco, herbs, and cedar. Round and velvety with soft tannins and a lasting finish, this wine earned ratings of 92 from James Suckling, 90 from Robert Parker, and 93 from Wine Spectator. The Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc is a dark ruby-colored wine with fruity aromas of cranberry, mulberry, and cherry. Its palate is rich and full-bodied, with silky tannins and flavors of licorice, red currants, bay leaf, and spices. Elegant and structured, this received 90 from James Suckling and 91 from Wine Spectator. The Château Lascombes Margaux, with ratings of 89 from Wine Spectator and 90 from Robert Parker, integrates concentrated black cherry, blackberry, and currant, flavors with notes of cedarwood and vanilla. Mellow perfumes of licorice, black currants, and cherries tease the medium-bodied palate. This wine is a profound purple color, with intermingled tannins, and long berry-vanilla infused finish. Enjoy now!

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber

 

SILENT LOT 266

Three vintage vertical [2011-2013] Lail Vineyards J Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Robin Lail is fourth generation vintner and a true icon of Napa Valley who teamed up with winemaker Philippe Melka to create her own label. Unsurprisingly high marks from critics. Their flagship wine the J. Daniel Cuvée, a beautifully integrated, Bordeaux-style blend of estate and premium vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon selections. Of this lot – the 2011 offers up notes of cedar wood, tobacco leaf, underbrush and red and black currants; medium-bodied with soft tannin. Rated 89 by Robert Parker, 94 by Antonio Galloni, and 91 by Stephen Tanzer. The 2012, arguably the brightest star of the bunch, was rated 100 points by Robert Parker: a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet that reminded me of 1989 Chateau Montrose when it was young. Sweet almost truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental, yet full-bodied mouthfeel, and an extravagant, layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date. The 2013, although not quite a perfected, landed a 99+ from RP: comes across like a Napa version of the famous Château Montrose in Bordeaux’s St.-Estephe. Earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, grilled meats and spice are all present in this opaque purple wine. Graphite and floral notes are also present. It is full-bodied and ripe with beautiful purity and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin. All of these beauties can cellar for the two decades or more!

Donor: D & V Distributing

 

SILENT LOT 267

Eight bottles of Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine – one jeroboam [3L] 2014 Chalk Hill Chardonnay; three magnums [1.5] 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; two magnums [1.5mL] 2014 Single Vineyard Reserve, one each: Brothers and Alexanders Crown; and two bottles [750mL] 2014 Single Vineyard Reserve Rockaway. PLUS Vine to Table experience at Rodney Strong Vineyards for up to six guests

Over 55 years ago, a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, fourth generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines.

In the 2014 Chalk Hill Chardonnay there’s a healthy dose of oak cradling the fruit-forwardness of this wine, made entirely from estate vineyards within the Chalk Hill appellation near the winery. Anise and honeyed caramel vie for attention against a rich texture and lemony finish, making for a rating of 87 by Wine Enthusiast.

The 2015 Pinot Noir is grown in one of the coolest areas within the Sonoma Coast region, making this Pinot Noir a medium bodied wine with aromas of black cherry, pomegranate and a purple floral note. On the palate, delicious plum, cola and cinnamon are balanced by crisp acidity with a smooth and silky finish. James Suckling gave it 92 points.

The 2014 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon is a deeply rich wine with complex dark fruit flavors. The wine is voluptuous and is bursting with blackberry, plum and wonderful chocolate notes followed by a round and seductive mid-palate and a long lingering finish. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. Wine Enthusiast rated this bottle 90; Robert Parker 92.

A medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown Vineyard Estate opens with notions of freshly crushed red and black currants with touches of black cherries and mulberries plus a waft of fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a good firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of juicy black fruits, finishing long and refreshing, receiving an 89 rating by Wine Advocate and 91 by Robert Parker.

The 2014 Single Reserve Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon delivers lively notes of blackberries, redcurrants and wild blueberries with touches of dried herbs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, it has loads of youthful black and red fruit in the mouth with a soft frame and lively finish – received 91 points from Wine Advocate and Robert Parker.

Also included, a private tasting on the terrace at Rodney Strong Vineyards. Just south of the quaint town of Healdsburg, the winery and tasting room are nestled in the sweeping vineyards of the Russian River Valley. Explore Sonoma County while enjoying an intimate Vine to Table experience as well as an in-depth tour of our winery. After the tour, indulge in five bites flawlessly paired with five Rodney Strong wines. An experience you do not want to miss!

Donor: Rodney Strong Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 268

Three double magnums [3L] Emmitt-Scorsone, one each: 2014 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III; 2014 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintage Select; 2016 Domenica Amato Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard; PLUS private tasting for 6 at the winery in Healdsburg with owner/winemakers Palmer Emmitt or Michael Scorsone (or both!).

Emmitt-Scorsone Wines is a partnership between winemakers Palmer Emmitt and Michael Scorsone. At our small artisan winery off the beaten path near Healdsburg, passion for making great wines is the motivating force. Wines are bottled under two labels – Judge Palmer and Domenica Amato – each expressing different interests of Palmer and Michael within the world of wine and honoring members of their respective families.

The 2014 Judge Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III; has cassis, blueberry and mocha flavors dusted in nutmeg and clove in this rich, soft and straightforward red from the famous site. Awarded 90 from Wine Enthusiast. The 2014 Judge Palmer Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon has eucalyptus, bay leaf and mint accents. Herbal entries of earthiness before thick robust tannins surround concentrated ripeness and power that’s subdued in fruit; tobacco, clove and mocha shine through. Awarded 86 by Wine Enthusiast. Finally, the 2016 Domenica Amato Chardonnay. The vineyard shines in this white presenting a focused, fresh and fleshy expression of stone, mineral, lemon zest and peel make up this wine. Light bodied and fresh in the glass, it has a bite of power and tannin on the finish; rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast. Quite the trio! Included in this lot is a visit the Emmitt-Scorsone in Healdsburg, California. The lucky winning bidder and their five guests with join either Michael or Palmer (or both!) for a journey through their world of wine and pours of portfolio selections with cheese pairings. Includes special barrel tasting not available to the public. Must be scheduled in advance. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Emmitt-Scorsone Wines

 

SILENT LOT 269

Two-night stay at Willamette Valley Vineyards with VIP tour and tasting PLUS two bottles of wine included in room; PLUS, one magnum [1.5L] Estate 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Since establishing Willamette Valley Vineyards in 1983, founder and winegrower Jim Bernau has long been an influential figure in Oregon winemaking. Jim’s past efforts to help establish Oregon as a renowned viticultural region have helped grow the region into what it is today, and his efforts in the fields have produced similar results. His exceptional wines have earned frequent critical acclaim from the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine and Spirits alike.

Be sure to enjoy this two-night stay in one of Jim’s winery suites where you will enjoy sweeping views of Jim’s three vineyards. Two bottles of Willamette Valley Vineyards wine will be waiting in your room to welcome you in style. After settling in, you will be treated to a private tour of the immaculate rolling hills and vineyards before delighting in a private wine tasting. Be sure to end each day basking in the indescribable views of the sunset over the valley’s richly colored volcanic slopes.

In case you cannot wait for your trip, fear not – you will also be taking home a magnum of 2016 Estate Pinor Noir. Rated a 92 by Wine Advocate, this 100% pinot noir deftly balances the character of Jim’s Elton Vineyard, Tualatin Estate, and Willamette Valley Vineyards. With notes of mouthwatering blueberries and seductive cinnamon, this bright and enticing wine is impossible to resist. Best enjoyed now or aged for five years. Two-night stay good anytime, pending availability, until March 1, 2020.

Donor: Willamette Valley Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 270

Overnight stay for two at Amizetta Estate & Vineyard Family Hunting Cabin on Howell Mountain, St. Helena; includes three bottles [750mL] Amizetta Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; PLUS private tour and tasting

Stay overnight on the beautiful Amizetta Estate and Vineyard property in Napa Valley. Nestled over scenic views of the Conn Valley in Napa at the base of Howell Mountain, Amizetta’s elevation reaches over 1,000 feet and the vineyard has panoramic views of Lake Hennessey, Pritchet Hill, and the San Pablo Bay. To say the property is gorgeous is an understatement!

Stay in the Amizetta family hunting cabin located on the estate. First converted from a stable to cabin by former president of Paramount pictures, the building dates back to the early 1990. When Amizetta owners, the Clark Family, acquired the property in 1980 they remodeled to a small cottage. It has one bedroom and bath with claw-foot tub, open plan living area, fully equipped kitchen, and spacious outdoor entertaining area.

Amizetta Winery was built in 1984 after Spencer and Amizetta finished planting their terraced hillside vineyards. They wanted to create a small facility that matched the average annual yields of their land’s harvest. They enlisted the services of Justin Meyer (the founder and winemaker of Silver Oak Cellars) to help design their dream winery. Together the three created a design they dubbed ‘a winemaker’s winery.’ The name, Amizetta, has been in the family for over 15 generations and has the Latin root of “ami” or friend.  When you visit, you will learn how perfectly the name fits.

The winery’s unique location next to the Los Pasados State Forest and its’ all-natural mineral water creates rich, complex flavors in the grapes. Experience for yourself these flavors as you privately sample the exceptional wines produced by the distinctive combination of Amizetta’s soil, water, and elevation.

While at the estate the winning bidder will get a tour and tasting but you don’t have to wait until then to try Amizetta’s wines! Take home three bottles of their 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Although not yet rated past vintages have fetched 90+ from Robert Parker and James Suckling. Aged in new French oak barrels for 22 months expect a balance of concentrated vibrant fruit with elegant, long tannins. And, you’ll receive an added bonus of a tour and tasting of nearby Cade Winery, also on Howell Mountain. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Amizetta’s beautiful wine and hospitality – bid! Mutaully agreeable date; expires 2/1/2020. Nontransferable.

Donor: Amizetta Estate and Cade Winery

 

SILENT LOT 271

One-night stay for 2 at Wente Vineyards Guest Cottage in Livermore Valley, California; includes breakfast and dinner with wine pairings, 18 holes at the property golf course, private tour and tasting at Wente and nearby Concannon Vineyard, PLUS one double magnum [3L] Wente 2016 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon

Named Winery of the year by Wine Enthusiast in 2011, Wente Vineyards is a breathtaking get-away located just 30 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area in Livermore Valley. Coastal fog and marine breezes result in warm days and cool nights – ideal conditions for grapes and for enjoying all this amazing property has to offer. Enjoy two days and one night in the private Wente Vineyards guest cottage – includes golf, dinner, breakfast and of course wine!

The golf course on the property, known as The Course, was designed by golfing great Greg Norman and played host to Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, part of the PGA’s Nationwide Tour. With three distinct topographies, native woodlands, mature vineyards and rolling hills of natural grasslands, The Course offers extraordinary visual panoramas and a diversity of play unmatched in the Bay Area.

Your first evening will end with dinner at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, one of two restaurants on the property. It is one of the best in the bay area serving ingredient-driven cuisine with locally sourced produce with a menu that changes daily. Dinner will showcase Wente Vineyard’s small lot wines selected by Wine Director Jorge Tinoco. The gastronomic delight continues the next morning with breakfast at The Grille, the property’s more casual but equally delicious restaurant.

While not on the course or enjoying fine food and wine you can enjoy biking and hiking in nearby Del Valle Regional Park or wandering through the many cafes, markets, and coffee shops of Pleasanton and Livermore just a short drive away. Included with this lot is a tour and tasting featuring wines from Wente’s estate vineyards in Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, Arroyo Seco and Monterey appellations. PLUS, a tour and tasting at nearby Concannon Vineyard. Another historic Livermore Valley property just a 2-minute drive away whose portfolio of Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvingon have been consistently recognized by Wine Enthusiast.

The bottle included in this lot is the 2016 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon. A great representation of a Livermore Valley Cab and a perfect preview the fun to come for the winning bidder. As the Wente Vineyards team would say “for the love of the journey!” bid high!

Donor: Wente Vineyards and Concannon Vineyard

 

SILENT LOT 272

An evening of Food, Wine and Cocktails in Old City for 12 guests – includes: Four-Course Dinner prepared by Rebel Kitchen’s Chef Paul Sellas, Wine Pairings by Old City Wine Bar, and pre-dinner cocktails at PostModern.

Experience an unforgettable culinary evening in Knoxville’s distinctive Old City! Begin the evening with hand-crafted cocktails at PostModern Spirits, then stroll a short two minutes across Jackson Avenue to Rebel Kitchen for a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Paul Sellas with wine pairings from Old City Wine Bar located just next door.

PostModern Spirits is locally owned and operated by five diverse and passionate individuals who came together in 2016 to shake things up and put Knoxville on the spirits’ world map, using only flavors and colors derived from natural botanicals, grains, and fruits, and produced on-site at their Old City location.

Rebel Kitchen, new on the Knoxville culinary scene, is already getting widely noticed for a fine dining experience that is adventurous, creative, interactive, inspiring, and fun. Growing up visiting his grandparents on their farm in the mountains of Greece, Chef Sellas has embraced the harvesting and preparation of the freshest ingredients in season, creating an ever-changing menu with the freshest ingredients many sourced regionally. Additionally, Franchesca Sellas will host the evening. A unique opportunity to enjoy craft cocktails, outstanding food, fine wine, and convivial conversation. So, gather your family, friends, or neighbors and come ready to bid on this lot!

Must be held Monday through Thursday on a mutually agreeable date. Spring or Summer date preferred by Chef to optimize produce availability. Expires 3/1/2020.

Donor: Rebel Kitchen / Old City Wine Bar and PostModern Spirits

 

SILENT LOT 273

An Evening at Williamswood Castle for 8 – includes: Four-Course Dinner prepared by Chef Brian Strutz and Wine Pairings by Downtown Wine + Spirits.

Enjoy a memorable meal in a unique and unusual setting in South Knoxville! Chef Brian Strutz made a big impression on Knoxville’s burgeoning culinary scene when he opened A Dopo, his always-packed, artisanal wood-oven sourdough pizza restaurant. He absorbed the ethos of farm-to-table cuisine while working in Tuscany and did a stint in the kitchens of Blackberry Farm, so you know that this meal and the carefully selected wines from Downtown Wine + Spirits will be unforgettable. So, is the setting: Williamswood Castle, a romantic folly nestled in the woods, a labor of love built by Julia Tucker and the Roy family to honor the memory of Julia’s son Bill, who loved historic architecture and all things Scottish. This rambling construction features more than 40 stained glass windows, gargoyles, ramparts, turrets, secret passageways, a Scottish pub, and several knights in shining armor. Mutually agreeable date, expires 3/1/2020.
Donor: Brian Strutz / A Dopo, Downtown Wine + Spirits, The Roy Family, Caroline Farris


SILENT
LOT 274

Four bottles [750mL] Buffalo Trace Signature Whiskeys, one each: Rocky Hill Farms single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (100 proof), Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and 23 Year Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon; PLUS, lunch and behind the scenes tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery for up to ten guests

Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been producing award winning bourbon and whiskey for over two centuries. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2013, the distillery has overcome floods, fires, and Prohibition throughout its 200 years of history. Even still, in 2000 it was the first American distillery to win Whiskey Advocate’s prestigious “Distillery of the Year” award. Included in this lot are four bottles of their signature whiskeys and bourbons, each barrel aged to perfection. Their Rocky Hill Farms single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (100 proof) features tantalizing aromas of walnut, dried red fruits, spices, cocoa, and marshmallow that beautifully complement the rich, smooth flavors of dark chocolate, almond, coffee, tobacco, and dark caramel on the palate. The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey (128.8 proof) is bottled directly from the barrel. This spicy whiskey features bold flavors of toffee, fig cake, and candied fruit, paired perfectly with mint, cinnamon, and clove. The long finish leaves the palate warm with hints of allspice, coconut, and nutmeg. Their George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon (124.9 proof) is aged in new charred oak barrels for at least 15 years before being bottled directly from the barrel. Its robust and intense palate encompasses flavors of toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, nougat, and molasses blended with subtle touches of dates, tobacco, dark berries, spearmint, and coffee. Because of its hearty flavor, it is best enjoyed mixed with a little water. Most notably in this lot is Buffalo Trace’s limited addition 23 Year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (95.6 proof). Earning itself a 95 from Whiskey Advocate, this whiskey is sweet with an oaky finish. Flavors of vanilla, maple, honey, citrus, and spice complement aromas of caramel and cream delicately mingled with oak, nuts, and leather. Aged for 23 years and meticulously selected and bottled, this whiskey is best enjoyed neat.

Donor: Sazerac Company

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