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2020 Silent Auction

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

2020 SILENT AUCTION LOTS

 

LOTS CLOSING AT 6:05 PM

SILENT LOT 101

One magnum [1.5L] Château Miraval 2017 Rosé, Côtes de Provence

Château Miraval, located in the heart of Provence in the ancient village of Correns, covers nearly 1,235 acres of land. Surrounded by lush wildlife and an abundant water supply, the château’s valley location exhibits the perfect terrain for the winery’s legendary rosés. Perhaps best known for the partnership between renowned winemaking family Famille Perrin, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt, Miraval offers some of the finest vintages of rosé to date. This 2017 vintage features peach and strawberry fruit aromas with rich caramel and spice. Its fresh acidity and full body make it refreshing and elegant, earning it a rating of 92 from James Suckling and 91 from Wine Enthusiast. Ready to enjoy now.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 102

One bottle [750 mL] Martinelli 2014 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch, Russian River Valley

Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany, Italy, at the ages of 19 and 16. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy, so they made their way to California in search of land to farm and start a winery. After two years of working land for another local farmer, they saved enough money to purchase land of their own, thus the birth of Martinelli Winery in 1980. The Martinelli family continues their rich history over 135 years later, continuing the tradition of farming their own vineyards, and producing critically renowned wines. Giuseppe’s great granddaughter Regina Martinelli is currently at the helm of the winery and was previously a past featured vintner of L’Amour du Vin!

This 2014 Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel is rated 94 by Robert Parker and 92 by Wine Spectator. Deep raspberry flavors take over the palate with layered flavors of white chocolate, cinnamon, and spicy mocha. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 103

CADE Estate Winery tour and tasting for up to 14 guests

CADE is a 54-acre estate, located on Howell Mountain. Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty, John Conover built the winery from the ground up with the end goal to construct the first construct the first CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) organically farmed, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified Estate Winery in the Napa Valley. The winery focuses on a proactive and sustainable approach to winemaking – designed to bring out the personality of the unique terroir. Building elements included concrete with integral earth colors, steel made from 98 percent recycled material and hundreds of square feet of glass for a well-lit working environment that conserves energy. As a homage to their first winery, the design of the caves at CADE Estate is in the shape of the PlumpJack shield. At an elevation of 1,800 feet, the contemporary design of the winery perfectly contrasts the backdrop of beautiful Napa Valley. Take in the incredible Napa views while you sample some of their finest wines and experience all CADE has to offer with a tour and tasting of their incredible estate wines! Current release and past vintages of CADE Cabernet Sauvignon consistently score 90+ points from Wine Advocate. Available Sunday to Thursday, excluding holidays; not redeemable in September or October. Reservations required; expires 3/7/2021.
Donor: CADE Estate Winery

 

SILENT LOT 104

Cato Corner Farm Tote Bag 

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 three pieces of Cato’s most popular cheese, including a mild, medium and strong flavor for the full “Cato Corner” experience. And, to add to your cheese board, a bag of distinctive, handmade cookies from Savor Fine Foods.

Donor: Cato Corner Farm

 

SILENT LOT 105

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.

 

SILENT LOT 106

One bottle [750mL] Caymus 2012 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1971 when Charlie and Lorna Belle Wagner asked their son, Chuck, who had just graduated from high school, if he would be interested in starting a family winery. When he accepted the offer, thus was born Caymus Vineyards. Since releasing their first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1972, the Wagners have dedicated their efforts to produce only the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Caymus Vineyards is still 100% family owned – run by Chuck, his two sons, and his daughter. Together they farm almost 350 acres of prime Napa Valley land.

Their 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon is a truly special vintage, rated 96 by Robert Parker himself and 91 by Wine Spectator. Crème de cassis, black fruits, and silky tannins dance on the palate with hints of vanilla and mocha. Oaky, creamy, and voluptuous, this wine can be enjoyed now through 2039.
Donor: Robert and Margaret Petrone

 

SILENT LOT 107

Two bottles [750mL] Vineyard 7 & 8 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

Vineyard 7 & 8 is always a favorite among LDV patrons who remember vintner Wes Steffens, twice a L’Amour du Vin featured vintner. His parents founded in 1999, who planted their roots and their grapes on top of breathtaking Spring Mountain in the 1980’s after years of searching for the perfect vineyard. Named after Wes’s mother and winery co-founder Launny Steffens’ financial background and interest in numerology, the “seven” in the name is considered a lucky number in western culture, while “eight” stands for prosperity and happiness in eastern culture. Vineyard 7 & 8 is the perfect culmination of the Steffens family’s devotion and dedication to the pursuit of fine Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons.

This 2014 Estate Chardonnay is no exception to the long line of critically-acclaimed wines produced by the Steffens family. Rated 90 by Robert Parker, this wine features crisp white currant, tangerine notes, and caramelized citrus. Like the 2013 vintage, it spent 14 months in 25% new French Oak, adding a note of oak on the palate. Fresh and medium-bodied, drink over the next 4-5 years.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 108

One magnum [1.5L] Hendry 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS, tour and tasting for four

George Hendry and his family have grown grapes on the same family farm in Napa Valley since 1939. Now composed of 203 acres situated at the foot of Mt. Veeder, almost 114 acres are under vine. The unique terroir of the land and substantial marine influence allow them to grow more than a dozen different types of wine grapes. All Hendry wines are made only from estate grown grapes, highlighting their dedication to exceptional wines. Juicy black currant, cherry, and cedar make up the palate of this ruby/purple wine, while violet and earth influence the nose. The finish is lush with a full-bodied mouth feel and robust tannins. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast. Drink now through 2026. Also included in this lot is a tour and tasting for four guests at the winery in Napa, California. Must be scheduled in advance.

Donor: Hendry Winery

 

SILENT LOT 109

One magnum [1.5L] Williams Selyem 2017 Pinot Noir, Terra de Promissio Vineyard, Sonoma Coast; PLUS, tour and tasting for 4

What started as an experiment in home winemaking for Burt Williams and Ed Selyem, turned into something bigger than either of them could have imagined. Now a cult-status winery with international acclaim, Williams Selyem’s ambition is to “make the best wines, from the best grapes, from the best growers.”

The vineyard Terra de Promissio, which translates from Latin to “Land of Promise,” is an ideal terroir for Pinot Noir grapes with rich soil, southwest sun exposure, elevation, and fog of the Petaluma Gap that allows the grapes to have an extended hang time – allowing optimum ripeness.

This outstanding 2017 Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir earned ratings of 98 by Wine Enthusiast and 93+ by both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. Refreshing and light-bodied, floral, cinnamon, and berry aromas balance the raspberry, strawberry, and blood orange palate. Grainy tannins complement the crisp acidity of the wine, with a long and focused finish. Drink now through 2028. Included in this lot is a tour and tasting for four at the Williams Selyem Estate in Healdsburg, California, which is typically only available for winery current members. The certificate also includes immediate membership on the Williams Selyem list with an allocation of the next release.

Donor: Williams Selyem

 

SILENT LOT 110

Three bottles [750mL] Cakebread 2017 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley; one each: Two Creeks Vineyard, Annahala, and Apple Barn

Founded in 1973, Cakebread Cellars was casually purchased by Jack and Dolores Cakebread when they were photographing the area. As they started to live their dream, the winery began producing quality wines that pair with good food and good company. Annahala and Apple Barn estate vineyards are former apple orchards that sit on the banks of Anderson Creek, not far from the Pacific Ocean. Slight differences in climate—Annahala is closer to the coast and spends more time in fog, while Apple Barn receives longer stretches of sunlight—yield superb Pinot Noir grapes of distinct personality from each site.

The 2017 growing season in Anderson Valley, California (in western Mendocino County) provided ideal conditions for Pinot Noir grapes to mature uniformly, resulting in tremendous flavor, concentration and bright, yet balanced, acidity. All three wines included in this lot are a reflection of that – the 2017 vintage of Apple Barn Vineyard, offers fresh boysenberry and raspberry aromas with floral hints of violet and an appealing mineral thread. On the palate, bright notes of raspberry and strawberry give way to a deep black cherry mineral finish. This is a dense, full-bodied Pinot Noir, with elegant tannins and signature complexity from diverse clones and rootstocks; 100% sourced from Apple Barn Vineyard.

A lighter-style Pinot Noir, the 2017 Annahala Vineyard offers fragrant ripe black cherry and raspberry aromas, coupled with a smoky mineral tone, usher in bright raspberry, strawberry and cherry flavors accented by sweet spices and balanced by fine tannins and well-integrated oak. The wine’s long finish is graced by vibrant cherry and berry tones, a touch of zesty spice and a vein of refreshing minerality; 100% sourced from Annahala Vineyard.

Rated 91 by Wine Advocate, Two Creeks Vineyard Pinot Noir is a perfect combination of both vineyards offering an attractive raspberry-crimson color leads to sweet black cherry, raspberry, dried rose petal and violet blossom aromas. Fresh raspberry and bright strawberry flavors are concentrated, yet balanced, in this pretty, floral wine. The finish is smooth, with silky tannins, mineral notes and lingering fresh fruit – 100% Pinot Noir – a blend of 77% Annahala and 23% Apple Barn Vineyards.

Enjoy these wines with rack of lamb, prime rib sandwiches, or portabello mushrooms on the grill. Each will evolve beautifully over the next 3-5 years in cellar or can be enjoyed now!

Donor: Cakebread Cellars

 

SILENT LOT 111

One bottle [750mL] Williams Selyem 2007 “Westside Road Neighbors” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This 2007 vintage scored 93 points from Stephen Tanzer and Wine Enthusiast. A blend of several vineyards located near the winery, in the valley’s famed Middle Reach, this is the biggest and richest of Williams Selyem’s Spring 2007 releases. Full-bodied and soft, it shows ripe flavors of cherries, pomegranates, plums, sweet rhubarb, cola and sandalwood. Medium red, but rich in color, the wine presents a bouquet of ripe strawberries, berry cobbler, plums, anise, clove, butterscotch and toasty oak. The palate is layered with flavors of blackberry, cassis, cherry cola, sarsaparilla, toasted bread, minerals and concentrated ripe tannins. This multifarious and seductive wine shows the true vineyard expressions of this unique area.

Donor: Stephen and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 112

One magnum [1.5L] Fair Niente 2017 Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Established in 1885 by John Benson, Far Niente Winery originally functioned as a gravity flow winery, built against a hillside in Oakville. It thrived until Prohibition in 1919, when the winery was left abandoned. It was not until 1979 when Far Niente was resurfaced by Gil Nickel. During the three-year restoration process, the name Far Niente was found carved in stone in the front of the building, where it still remains today. Nickel chose to preserve the Far Niente name because of its Italian translation, meaning “without a care”. He hoped to recapture the bygone era of life when people lived without a care. Rated 91 by Wine Spectator, the 2017 Estate Bottled Chardonnay is elegant and refined with notes of ripe citrus and green apple, finished with accents of sage and spice. Drink now through 2023.

Donor: Far Niente

 

SILENT LOT 113

Three bottles [750mL] Spottswoode 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

It was three 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. The winery’s Sauvignon Blancs are typically serious and expressive with structure and sophistication, meant to stand among the greatest Sauvignon Blancs in the world, and the 2015 vintage is no less. Its grapes were sourced from primarily from Sonoma Mountain and Knights Valley with just a touch from the Spottswoode estate vineyards Hyde and Ink Grade in Napa. Features green-apple, pear, and peach palate with notes of grapefruit, passion fruit, and dried herb. Full body with tenacious acidity and a creamy finish – rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast and 92 by James Suckling who calls this “one of the best sauvignons of Napa!” Ready to enjoy now!

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 114

One magnum [1.5L] Drinkward Peschon 2014 “Entre Deux Mères” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, with wooden box

The result of a joint venture between Lisa Drinkward and Françoise Peschon, Drinkward Peschon is the culmination of great winemaking. While Lisa lends her background in operations at her own family’s winery Behrens, winemaker Françoise, formerly of famous Napa Valley winery Araujo and currently also winemaker at Accendo Cellars (the Araujo family’s newest project), lends her experience in great wine making. Selected as 2019 Winemaker of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, it’s no surprise why Françoise is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fine wines.

“Entre Deux Mères” literally translates from the French to “Between Two Mothers,” representing the friendship that began between two mothers as a result of their children and grew because of a mutual love of wine. Their philosophy for winemaking is similar to their philosophy for raising children: love, nurture, and let them express themselves and become their own unique individuals. Their minimalist intervention in winemaking allows their wines to express their own uniqueness, leading to an elegant and balanced palate.

Their 2014 Drinkward Cabernet Sauvignon is rated 95 by Robert Parker. A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Verdot, this vintage is deep purple with crushed berries, crème de cassis, and chocolate cherries. Its full body and grainy tannins make it refreshing with a very long finish. Drink now through 2036.

Donor: Drinkward Peschon

 

SILENT LOT 115

One magnum [1.5L] Favia 2016 Rompecabezas Red Wine, Amador County; PLUS, tour and tasting for four at the historic winery in Napa

Annie Favia and Andy Erickson began Favia Wines in 2003. Their shared passion for wine began long before they released their first vintage of Favia, with Annie having worked in the cellars of John Kongsgaard and Cathy Corison, and as a viticulturist under David Abreu. Andy, meanwhile, spent his time as a winemaker across Napa, namely in the cellars of Screaming Eagle, Ovid, and Dalla Valle.

Spanish for jig-saw puzzle, Favia’s Rompecabezas is inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone, but of course is decidedly Californian in nature. The 2016 vintage earned ratings of 93 from both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. This blend is 51% Grenache, 33% Mourvèdre, and 16% Syrah. Bottled without fining or filtration, the wine retains the subtle nuances that give it such an attractive character: dried rose petals, cardamom, fresh raspberry, and graphite. The fine-grained tannic structure of the wine helps to deliver these subtle yet intense flavors that continue to flow long after the finish. It is both focused and expansive, and more complex with each sip. Certainly a pleasantly complex puzzle of flavors and textures.

Also included in this lot is a tour and tasting for four at Favia’s historic Napa winery. Mutually agreed upon time and date. Valid for two years; expires 3/7/2022.

Donor: Favia Wines / Andy Erickson & Annie Favia

 

SILENT LOT 116

One magnum [1.5L] Charles Krug 2015 Family Reserve Generations Red Blend, Napa Valley

Charles Krug is Napa Valley’s oldest wine estate. Established in 1861, it has been preserved by the Mondavi Family since 1943. With almost 160 years of winemaking experience, Charles Krug continues to produce highly-acclaimed, estate-grown wines. Generations is a Bordeaux-style blend created to honor the Mondavi family’s past, present and future. The fruit is night-picked from the estate vineyard in Yountville and aged in new French oak barrels. This 2015 Reserve Red Blend is rated 92 by James Suckling: juicy and layered with bold berries and chewy tannins, this deep garnet wine is full-bodied with a berry and toast crème brûlée finish – 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Ready to drink now.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 117

Personal bartender for an evening with Mixologist Vance McCarty

Elevate your next dinner party or intimate event with award-winning, local, mixologist, Vance McCarty’s private bartending services. Vance will help you plan your cocktail menu before your event and shake, serve and stir as needed during the event. 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 8 guests at a private home; gratuity and alcohol not included. Mutually agreeable date in Summer or Fall 2020. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Vance McCarty

 

SILENT LOT 118

Three bottles [750mL] Epoch Estate Wines, Pasa Robles; one each: 2018 White, 2014 Veracity, and 2014 Ingenuity

Epoch owners Bill and Liz Armstrong began their journey as vintners simply for the love for good wine, which turned into using their Geology degrees and preference for Rhône varietals to set out and find the perfect plot of land for their dream winery.

In 2004, they came across a small pocket of land off California’s Gold Coast where the rich soils, weather, hilliness, and temperature swings posed the ideal location for their first vineyard, Paderewski Vineyard. Following closely behind were the purchases of Catapult Vineyard in 2008 and York Mountain in 2010. Now perched on the top of York Mountain in Paso Robles, Epoch Estate Wines produces wines that are carefully crafted from Rhône, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varietals. Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini, one of the region’s most talented female wine artists (per the November 19 issue of Indulge Magazine) aims to incorporate each of the unique terroirs into the wines, allowing the land and the grapes to speak for themselves. Accolades for winemaker Fiorentini also include inclusion in Wine Spectator’s “Grit & Grace of Paso Robles” article in the June 2019 issue.

Included in this lot are three critic favorites – rated 93 by Wine Advocate, Epoch 2018 White is a vibrant blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier with a hint of Roussanne sourced 58% Catapult, 35% Paderewski, and 7% York Mountain Vineyards. It has floral aromas with orange blossom and poached pear; light to medium-bodied with a long finish.

The 2014 “Veracity” is a deep garnet purple with a raspberry and kirsch nose balanced by hints of bacon and Indian spices. Raspberry, licorice, and black pepper accents take front stage on the palate. Full bodied with grainy tannins, it finishes with earthy acidity. Winemaker Fiorentini calls it lush and vibrant – 63% Paderewski and 37% Catapult Vineyards. Rated 94 – Wine Advocate, 92 – Wine Enthusiast, and 90 – Wine Spectator.

Like “Veracity,” the 2014 “Ingenuity” is full-bodied and a deep purple/red in color –  50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite. Rated 94 – Wine Advocate and 95 – Wine Spectator, this wine is sourced 64% Catapult and 36% Paderewski Vineyards, and features black fruit and spice layers with aromas of licorice, chocolate cherries, and violet. Finishes long and firm with ripe, round tannins. An excellent representation of what the lesser-known, distinct-tasting, Paso Robles, California winemaking region has to offer and critics agree – bid!

Donor: Epoch Estate Wines

 

SILENT LOT 119

A round of golf WindRiver Golf Club for 4

The course at WindRiver Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus protege, Bob Cupp, and overlooks Tellico Lake with the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains on the horizon. Rolling fairways and undulating greens accent each hole while sparkling water hazards and Billy Bunkers guard each green. The par-72 course features six sets of tees ranging from 4,146 yards on the forward tees to 7,453 yards from the championship tees. The winning bidder will enjoy 18-holes with three other people on the immaculate course.

Donor: WindRiver Lakefront & Golf Community

 

SILENT LOT 120

One jeroboam [3L] Schug Carneros Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir with wooden box

Schug Carneros Estate Winery was the first L’Amour du Vin featured winery at the inaugural event in 2004 – 16 years ago! Walter Schug built his reputation as one of California’s most celebrated winemakers during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s. After years of hard work, he finally built his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart. Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery carries on their family’s tradition of hand-crafted Pinot Noir and continues to make wines known for their balance and grace.

This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. “Clonal diversity” is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The 2013 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir has notes of floral, strawberry and orange peel on the nose; medium-bodied with a lean palate of lovely fruit and tobacco flavors. The finish is long and savory. Rated 92 by James Suckling. Pairs nicely with lamb, duck, even grilled fish, and will improve with additional cellar but if decanted can also be enjoyed now!

Donor: Schug Carneros Estate Winery

SILENT LOT 121

Four tickets to Lakeshore Park’s Summer Picnic on June 20, 2020

Enjoy a warm summer night with incredible food and friends at Lakeshore Park’s Summer Picnic. Featuring live music, relax with yummy food from establishments like Knox Mason and Northshore Brasserie.  Sip a beer or some wine, dance and mingle in the park’s newly renovated pavilion and recreation area.  This is the perfect summer night in Tennessee for anyone who loves green space, great design, and fabulous cuisine. Tickets valid for June 20, 2020; nontransferable.

Donor: Connor Coffey

 

SILENT LOT 122

Sommelier Services for Private Event with Maja Roy

Elevate your next dinner party or intimate event with the sommelier services of Maja Roy for you and up to 7 guests. This spunky native Slovenian who now resides in Knoxville, will advise on wine pairings for your special event’s menu; plus, she will present, educate and serve during the meal.

Creator of Wine Forte, Knoxville’s resource for honest wine education, Maja Roy is a Level II Sommelier, hosts international wine trips and experiences, and also offers local classes and events. 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. Maja 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. Limited to 8 guests; alcohol and gratuity not included. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Maja Roy

 

SILENT LOT 123

One magnum [1.5L] Hirsch Vineyards 2017 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir plus, private tasting for 6

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. It was founded in 1980 by David Hirsch, who up until 2002, sold his grapes to other wineries. He became highly sought after for the quality of his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. David finally made the decision to start creating his own wines after 22 years of solely focusing on planting and farming vines. 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.

This magnum of their 2017 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir was rated 93+ by Wine Advocate and 95 by James Suckling. The nose reveals fresh strawberry, wild blackberry, and violet. The palate is juicy and medium-bodied with lots of fruits and elegant tannins. Pale to medium ruby in color, it features a long and layered finish. Drink now through 2030.

Also included in this lot is a private tasting for 6 guests. Experience the extreme Sonoma Coast through the lens of Hirsch Vineyard wines. Enjoy a private tasting of Hirsch’s highly sought-after Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay at the winery’s tasting room in downtown Healdsburg; expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Hirsch Vineyards

 

SILENT AUCTION LOTS
LOTS CLOSING AT 6:30 PM

 

SILENT LOT 201

Stock the Bar with Post Modern Spirits!

Take home a full-line-up of spirits from Knoxville’s award-winning PostModern 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 202

One jeroboam [3L] Ridge Vineyards 2017 Zinfandel, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

The featured winery of L’Amour du Vin 2019, Ridge Vineyards’ extensive history began in 1885 when Italian doctor Osea Perrone purchased180 acres of land near Monte Bello Ridge. Using native limestone, he constructed what became Monte Bello Winery and produced his first vintage of wine under its name in 1882. From there, the winery flourished and grew. As more partners joined Monte Bello Winery (including Lytton Springs) and the vineyards began to expand across the ridge, the name changed to “Ridge Vineyards.” The winery produces primarily Zinfandel and Cabernet, while Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage for the purposes of blending.

Sourced by the winery since 1972, Lytton Springs vineyard was added to the Ridge Estate in 1991 because of its excellent location, climate, and soils that consistently produced classic, balanced Zinfandel wines. The winery on-site is surrounded by 115-year-old vines, one of the most unique sites in all of Sonoma’s wine country.

Th 2017 Lytton Springs Zinfandel was awarded 94 points by both Antonio Galloni and James Suckling. A blend of 74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane and 2% Mataro, the palate features red berries and plums with aromas of red flowers, roasted spices, and dried plums on the nose. Lively and fresh, drink now or hold.

Donor: Ridge Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 203

Handmade Glass Decanter and Wine Glasses from Pretentious Glass Co.

Handmade by Knoxville-based glassblower Matthew L. Cummings, this beautiful and distinctive blown-glass decanter and stemless wine glasses are one-of-a-kind and perfect for special occasions or dinners. Glassware can play an important role in accentuating the distinct personalities of different wines (and beers). Cummings, a long-time friend of the Blackberry Farm Brewery team, creates each handmade piece with this in mind. His work was featured in the inaugural issue of Blackberry Farm Magazine.

Donor: Matthew L. Cummings and the artists of Pretentious Glass Co.

 

SILENT LOT 204

Handsewn Leather Fur Bucket Purse

This amber brown oiled leather bag with fur is made by local artist Joanna Mignano Warren and is truly one-of-a-kind. Simple lines give structure and architectural interest to this beautify handmade piece. An open interior makes it easy to see contents. You will feel anything but boring with this bag on your shoulder.

This one-of-a-kind bag comes from 214 Magnolia, a new gallery in the Old City area of downtown Knoxville where local artists are on display in all art mediums. Pottery, paintings, and furniture are just some of the things you can find in this creative space.

Donor: 214 Magnolia – Megan Stair

 

 

SILENT LOT 205

One magnum [1.5mL] Behrens 2015 “Labor of Love” Cabernet Franc, Martinez Vineyard, Napa Valley, plus wooden box

Situated at the top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley, Behrens is a boutique winery owned by Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward who have produced wines under the Behrens Hitchcock name since 1993. The winery produces small lots of six or seven wines a year, opting for low-tech, hand crafted wines. The winery’s dedication to high-quality wines yields only the best vintages – one sip of their 2015 “Labor of Love” Cabernet Franc and you’ll see why!

The source of this gorgeous Cabernet Franc blend is Henry and Mayra Martinez’s spectacular vineyard on famed Pritchard Hill. Legendary for producing powerful wines of great substance, this location always delivers. The 2015 Labor of Love is deep ruby red with an intriguing nose of white pepper, fresh herbs and cassis. Plum and black raspberry flavors are balanced with more savory, meaty notes. Great concentration, structure and firm tannins lend support through to the long dusty cocoa finish. Rated 91+ by Wine Advocate and 95 by Jeb Dunnuck, this wine will drink nicely for 15+ years.  This one goes straight to the senses – heady and soulful. What’s not to love?

Donor: Behrens Family Winery

 

SILENT LOT 206

One magnum [1.5L] Hudson Ranch 2015 Old Master Red Blend; PLUS, tour and tasting for 4 guests

Hudson Ranch rests in the heart of Napa Valley’s Carneros District. Since planting their first vineyards in 1981, their mission has been to grow grapes for their flavor and distinction, while using ethical farming practices, mindful to take care of the land that gives so much to them. Hudson Vineyards produces grapes from almost 200 acres of vineyards. With over 30 years of experience in winegrowing and winemaking, Hudson Ranch and Vineyards produces some of the finest wines in Napa Valley.

Rated 96+ by Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Wine Advocate, this 2015 Old Master Proprietary Red is a blend of 58% Cabernet Franc & 42% Merlot aged in 90% French Darnajou, François Frères, and Sylvain oak barrels. It features a raspberry preserve and kirsch palate with notes of pencil lead and spice cake. On the nose, black forest cake and wafts of potpourri compliment the fresh, full-bodied mouthfeel. Drink now through 2040. Also included in this lot is a tour and tasting at their beautiful Napa Valley winery. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Hudson Ranch & Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 207

Six bottles [750mL] Ridge 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch, Sonoma Valley

Since 1991, Ridge has made zinfandel from the old Pagani Vineyard on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley. All the vines were planted 90 to 120 years ago. Pagani Ranch is a fine example of what Ridge looks for in a vineyard: low-yielding old vines, carefully tended by a quality-conscious family who, in this case, have worked the land for four generations. The vineyard’s long survival is proof of its merit. An average site would have been abandoned during the thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression.

The 2015 Ridge Pagani Ranch is saturated red/purple; appealing mixed black and red fruits, compote, exotic barrel spice. Ripe black cherry and plum fruits on entry, opulent and full-bodied, lively acid, and a sensuously long finish. Rated 94 by Jeb Dunnuck, 93 by Wine Spectator, and 94 by Antonio Galloni.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 208

One bottle [750mL] Castello Di Ama 2010 San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

The Chianti Classico Castello di Ama San Lorenzo takes its name from the magnificent wide valley that their 18th century villas overlook. This is Castello di Ama’s Gran Selezione, made from grapes that come from their older vineyards and from others that, having been planted at least 10 years ago, have attained a perfect level of polyphenolic maturity at harvest. This 2010 vintage of Grand Selezione is an extraordinarily elegant, powerful, and intense wine. Undoubtedly, it represents the perfect picture of the uniqueness of the territory.

Rated #6 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014, they called this wine “powerful and elegant,” with notes of strawberry, cherry, and rose. Wine Enthusiast rated it 95 points saying its “graceful palate offers layers of succulent wild cherry, white pepper, licorice, mint and eucalyptus alongside firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity.” Drink now through 2030.

Donor: Ashe’s Wine & Spirits / Thad Cox Jr.

 

SILENT LOT 209

Two magnums [1.5L] Three Sticks 2016 Chardonnay, one each: Alana Vineyard, Russian River Valley; and “One Sky” Sonoma Mountain; PLUS, food and wine pairing for 4 at historic Vallejo-Castenada Adobe in Sonoma

Named for the three Roman Numerals after Proprietor Bill Price III’s name, “Three Sticks” is a tribute to his surfing name in high school, “Billy Three Sticks.” The winery is family-owned and located in Sonoma, California. Director of Winemaking Bob Cabral’s commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines drives the winery’s focus of creating site specific wines. Their philosophy is to create wines of world-class quality from exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County, including their estate properties Durell and Gap’s Crown Vineyards.

Included in this lot are two phenomenal magnums from their Alana and One Sky Vineyards. The Alana Vineyard Chardonnay shines with a rating of 92 from Wine Enthusiast. This complex and hearty wine teases the nose with popcorn, while anise, honey apple, and graham cracker take over the palate. Their One Sky Chardonnay earned a rating of 92 from Wine Spectator for its apricot, melon, and honeydew palate. Oaky and perfumed, this wine can be poured through 2022. Also included in this lot is a particularly special treat – a food & wine pairing for four at the historic Vallejo-Castenada Adobe in downtown Sonoma. Enjoy a private tour that guides you through the fascinating history of their Adobe home and the heritage that brought Sonoma to the forefront of great wine. The tour culminates in a focused, seated sampling of Three Sticks wines with perfectly paired bites crafted by Chef Armando Navarro of El Dorado Kitchen. Food and wine pairings are offered Monday-Friday and require advance reservations; expires 3/7/2021. Bid now or forever hold your peace!

Donor: Three Sticks Wines

 

SILENT LOT 210

Two magnums [1.5L] Pride Mountain Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in wooden box, plus tour and tasting

A two-time L’Amour du Vin featured winery, 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. Pride Mountain is family owned and run, focusing on producing quality wines that reflect the beauty of their land.

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has blue/black fruit notes ranging from plum to blackberry and mulberry are enhanced by complex notes of mint, brown sugar, freshly cut cedar and subtle truffle. The texture is rich and balanced, with an unctuousness in the mouth, balanced acidity and silky tannins throughout the middle and finish of the wine. This incarnation of the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic example of Mountain Cab: concentrated and layered with exotic complexity that emerges just beyond its fruit-driven intro. Made up of 53% of fruit from the Napa side of the vineyard and 47% from the Sonoma side; 92.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot for spice and acidity, and 2.5% Merlot for roundness and red fruit accents. Rated 92 by Jeb Dunnuck; will drink nicely for 10-15 years.

The 2017 Merlot is seamless, packed full of dense flavor including black cherry, plum, milk chocolate, wild strawberry and toasted almond. This wine is all about balanced intensity, with fruit and texture galore to mirror its firm but velvety mountain tannins. 91% of fruit is from the Napa side of the vineyard and 9% from the Sonoma side; 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rated 90 by Jeb Dunnuck; enjoy now or hold for the next decade.

Included with these wines is a tour and tasting at the Pride high atop breathtaking Spring Mountain. Do not let these wines slip away! Bid!

Donor: Pride Mountain Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 211

Four bottles [750mL] of vintage Martinelli Vineyards Zinfandel, Russian River Valley; two each: 2005 “Giuseppe & Luisa” and 2004 “Jackass Hill”

Martinelli’s Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a rich, high-octane wine of considerable intensity, fragrance, and richness. The 2005 “Giuseppe & Luisa” Zinfandel was rated 94 points by Wine Advocate calling the wine a blockbuster, with deep ruby/purple color and a big, sweet nose of ripe figs, strawberry and cherry jam, mincemeat, and peppery spices. It is full-bodied, heady, opulent. Rated 93 by Wine Spectator and 92 by Stephen Tanzer.

The 2004 “Jackass Hill” Zinfandel was rated 96 by Stephen Tanzer and 95 by Wine Advocate. The wine boasts amazing elegance, revealing fine balance along with notes of plum liqueur, roasted meats, spice box, and sweet Provencal herbs interwoven with sassafras, licorice and espresso. A dense ruby/purple color, soaring aromatics, flamboyant flavors, and a monster palate with no hard edges always make this one of the world’s most distinctive Zinfandels. Its 17+% alcohol is reasonably well-concealed by layers of concentration. Only 125 cases made.

Donor: Stephen and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 212

Three bottles [750mL] Vineyard 7 & 8 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain

This 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon marks the 7th vintage Vineyard 7 & 8 crafted this special, single-vineyard wine sourced from the Steffens’ family property atop Spring Mountain. The winery was founded by the Steffens family in 1999 and has twice been the featured winery of L’Amour du Vin.

This 2013 wine shows a deep, dark opague core, with a classic Bordeaux-like ruby rim. On the nose, the wine expresses dark cocoa, anise, fresh tobacco and black pepper. Bright acidity leads the palate to a well-integrated, seamless texure, marked by savory influences of game, smoked meat, with subtle fruit and mineral undertones. A blend completed well-known winemaker Martha McClellan and Wesley Steffens, this wine shows incredibly well with a quick decant, and will reward patience with time in the cellar. Rated 96 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Drink now through 2039.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 213

A VinGardeValise® Grande wine suitcase

VinGardeValise® is the ultimate travel solution for wine lovers to safely transport wines, and even fine spirits, artisanal olive oils, and other bottled treasures.

Travel confidently knowing even your favorite special vintages are safely cradled in specially designed covered foam inserts to ensure maximum safety against breakage.

The removable inserts allow for flexible and customized travel for packing wine accessories or personal clothing and travel items.

  • 12-Bottle capacity
  • An enhanced proprietary polymer blend exterior shell material with a ribbed design for durability and optimal performance
  • Asymmetrical Hinomoto wheels for maximum ease in maneuvering
  • A TSA compliant lock is flush mounted and integrated into the VGV®
  • The standard 35cm inserts accommodate longer neck bottles
  • Proudly backed by a 10-year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

Don’t leave for your next trip to Napa or abroad without it!

Donor: VinGardeValise®

 

SILENT LOT 214

One double magnum [3L] Caymus 2000 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Charlie and his wife Lorna originally purchased land near their family farm in 1941 where they planted fruit orchards and wine grapes. It wasn’t long before Charlie 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 2000 vintage is richly flavored with currant, cassis, and blackberries infused with coffee and cedar.  Ripe tannins give the wine a ripe, plush finish; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast and 92 by Wine Spectator.

Donor: Robert and Margaret Petrone

 

SILENT LOT 215

One magnum [1.5L] Knights Bridge Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, Sonoma County

Knights Valley is situated at the foot of Mt. Helena, in the narrow valley bordering the Mayacamas mountain range that divides Sonoma and Napa counties. It is here, on the warmest appellation in Sonoma County, that Knights Bridge Winery sits. Guided by a deep respect for nature, a passion for fine wines and a dedication to friends and family, Knights Bridge Winery strives for excellence in everything from sustainable farming methods to unique tasting experiences for their guests. Founded in 2006, Knights Bridge is propelled by the singular goal of producing world-class wines – a goal achieved year after year! Winemaker Douglas Danielak has been with the winery since its inception. Named “Winemaker to Watch” in 2014 by Wine Spectator, Danielak’s chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties such as the Cabernet Sauvignon offered in this lot consistently earn acclaim from critics and wine lovers alike.

This 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and condensed, with aromas of red plum, black cherry, dusty cocoa, and vanilla. Berry, cola, raspberry, and fig unroll slowly on the palate giving it a long, robust finish.
Donor: Friend of the KMA

  

SILENT LOT 216

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical (2010-2015) Pride Mountain Merlot

A two-time L’Amour du Vin featured winery, 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. Pride Mountain is family owned and run, focusing on producing quality wines that reflect the beauty of their land.

This six-bottle vertical features fan and critic favorites. The 2010 Merlot was rated 90 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Light and fragrant, with sweet cherries, dried flowers, and tobacco aromas, this merlot is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 exhibits a juicy berry and white chocolate palate with firm tannins and a medium-bodied mouthfeel; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast. Pride’s 2012 Merlot is rated 90 by Robert Parker and 91 by Wine Enthusiast. It is composed of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in 40% new French oak. It’s complex chocolate and coffee palate is balanced by the freshness of plum, black cherry, and mocha on the nose. Medium to full-bodied with big flavor and tannins. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast, the 2012 exudes abundant notes of mocha, coffee, and berry fruit. It is medium bodied with a long, delicate finish. The 2013 was aged 18 months in 40% French Oak. It is soft and dense with notes of chocolate, espresso, and mulberry. A classic merlot, this wine can be poured through 2026. Finally, the 2015 Merlot. Medium to dark ruby, this wine offers a berry and lollipop fruit palate with a bouquet of strawberry, blueberry, and plum aromas. The finish is lengthy with soft tannins – velvety to the last drop!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 217

Two magnums [1.5L] Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 Occidental Ridge and 2015 Peay Vineyard

Failla Owner and Winemaker Ehren Jordan’s viticultural training in France greatly influenced his farming and winemaking choices to produce Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir that capture the essence of California’s coolest regions. He is a true vigneron, with decades of combined experience in the cellars and vineyards of the Rhone Valley, Paso Robles, Sonoma County, Napa Valley and beyond. His obsessive hands-on farming practices and his minimalist hands-off winemaking style come through in every bottle, allowing site, variety and vintage to shine through, evident in the two wines included with this lot.

Peay Vineyard always produces a wine of intensity and muscle upon release, this vintage is no exception. The 2015 Pinot Noir has deep floral and wild fruit aromatics, California brush, rose hips, cherry pit, all followed by muscular tannins. Only 234 cases produced.

Occidental Ridge Vineyard produces brooding, intense, elegant and deeply textural wines. The 2014 Pinot Noir has prominent floral aromatics, savory undertones, turned earth, deep wild cherry tones. Full mid-palate with clean, balanced finish. Although these releases were not rated, vintages since have consistently earned 90+ points from Jeb Dunnuck and Robert Parker.

Donor: Ehren Jordan Wine Cellars: Failla Wines

 

SILENT LOT 218

One double magnum [3L] Emmitt-Scorsone 2016 Domenica Amato Chardonnay, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Emmitt-Scorsone Wines is a partnership between winemakers Palmer Emmitt and Michael Scorsone. At the 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.

Domenica Amato produces distinctive wines inspired by the grape growing regions on the coasts and islands of the Mediterranean Sea. Sourced from small, family-owned vineyards, and hand-made with passion and authenticity using old-world methods, these wines are available in extremely limited quantities. The Chardonnay included in this lot is sourced from Bacigalupi Vineyard. Pioneers in the region, the Bacigalupi family played a key role in putting the California wine industry on the map, selling Chardonnay to Chateau Montelena for the wine that triumphed over top-flight white Burgundy at the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. The site benefits from cool air and fog channeled in from the Pacific, as well as the famously unique Goldridge loam soil – eroded volcanic material combined with sandstone and alluvial deposits.

The vineyard shines in this 2016 vintage 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.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

 SILENT LOT 219

One magnum [1.5L] Beaux Frères Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir plus private tour and tasting for 6

In 1986 Michael Etzel and his brother-in-law, Robert Parker, Jr., purchased an 88-acre pig and dairy farm. Michael started by planting only Pinot Noir grapes and slowly transformed the old farm into Beaux Fréres Vineyard. In 1991, a renovation of one of the barns turned into the creation of the 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. They planted their first five acres of Pinot Noir plants in 1988, and since then have continued to produce extraordinary vintages of Pinot Noir.

This magnum of 2017 Pinot Noir is rated 95 by Wine Spectator and 96 by James Suckling. Raspberry, cherry, and orange peel flavors make up the plush palate with vanilla, blueberries and spices on the nose. Concentrated with a lingering finish- drink over the next decade.

Included with this magnum is a private guided tour of the winery and a tasting for six guests. The tasting will include single-vineyard wines from the Beaux Fréres estate and partner vineyards around the Willamette Valley. Expires 12/31/20.

Donor: Beaux Frères

 

SILENT LOT 220

One bottle [1.5L] Dana Estates 2010 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Napa Valley, Dana Estates is dedicated to making small lots of truly distinctive world class wines that are quickly becoming cult classics. Dana Estate vintages from Lotus Vineyard continue to earned perfect 100 point ratings from critics – including this 2010, which earned 100 points from Antonio Galloni. Rated 93 by Wine Spectator and 98 by Robert Parker, the wine is a brilliant effort that flirts with perfection (much like the 2007). Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 24 months in 100% new French oak (225 cases produced), it boasts beautiful ripe black currant and blueberry fruit intermixed with hints of licorice, violets and forest floor. With more ripeness as well as a bigger, richer style than the other 2010s as well as formidable structure and tannin, this is a quintessentially gorgeous, compelling Napa Cabernet that is accessible enough to provide enjoyment now. It should improve over the next decade and keep for 25-30 years.

Donor: Dana Estates

 

SILENT LOT 221

One magnum [1.5L] Knights Bridge 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.

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon consistently receives high ratings. 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. Tasting must be booked in advance; expires 6/30/2021.

Donor: Knights Bridge

 

SILENT LOT 222

Geneviere Magnum Decanter by William Yeoward Crystal

The Geneviere Magnum Decanter is a handsome crystal decanter with a generous 1600 ml capacity, wonderful for showing off your best wines. This sleek, classic period decanter is handmade of the world’s finest crystal and includes a practical stopper.

Every piece of William Yeoward Crystal is entirely made by hand, using the same traditional methods employed over 150 years ago, and he draws his inspiration from antique pieces originally made in England and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries.  William Yeoward Crystal is popular among collectors, interiors designers, and brides alike.

Donor: Glass Bazaar, Becky Taylor-Cooper and John Kuykendall

 

SILENT LOT 223

Three bottles [750mL] Pulido~Walker 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Panek Vineyard, in a custom birchwood box; plus VIP tour and tasting for 4

Proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker have a long history in Napa Valley, building relationships and putting down roots in the community. Both grew up in pharmacy families and their scientific backgrounds make Mark and Donna precise, inquisitive, and detailed – they know that perseverance and attentive observation yield results worth waiting for. Hence, this amazing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced singularly from Panek Vineyard in St. Helena, Napa Valley.

2017 in Napa Valley brought intensive winter rains and widespread flooding ending Northern California’s drought but also two heat spikes in June with temperatures soaring as high at 120 degrees. But, the most dramatic events of 2017 began overnight on October 8, quickly raging into a complex of wildfires that burned down thousands of acres and hundreds of homes, including the Pulido~Walker Estate residence. Although devastating, these fires had no impact on the 2017 vintage except bearing the vintage of a significant, historic year.

Another winner from Pulido~Walker and award-winning Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, this 2017 Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced and light, with fresh red fruits and aromas of berries and violets. Rated 95+ by Jeb Dunnuck who notes its medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and impressive balance. This savory, meaty Cabernet is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottling and drink beautifully for 15-20 years.

Included with this lot is a VIP tour and tasting for four guests at the remarkable new estate in Napa Valley, which is available by reservation only (not open to the public). Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Pulido~Walker

 

SILENT LOT 224

One-night stay for 2 at The Oliver Hotel in downtown Knoxville PLUS experiences at the Oliver Royale and Peter Kern Library

A night on the town in Knoxville’s top location for one lucky couple. Stay overnight in a luxurious king suite at The Oliver Hotel, downtown Knoxville’s edgy, intimate, boutique hotel located on Market Square that offers a true retreat. Savor the seasonal goodness of the trendsetting bar and restaurant Oliver Royale. Highlights include seared scallops, wagyu sirloin, seared snapper, and house-made desserts like macaroons and truffles. And, no stay is complete without ducking in for a drink at Knoxville’s hidden gem: a sleek, sophisticated and elusive speakeasy-style bar – the Peter Kern Library. Once top secret, locals now line up to gain entrance but hotel guests bypass the wait by simply slipping through the sliding door just off the hotel lobby.

Advance reservations required for hotel and restaurant. Package includes one-night stay at The Oliver Hotel, two Peter Kern Library drink vouchers, and a $100 gift certificate for Oliver Royale. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: The Oliver Hotel, Oliver Royale, and Peter Kern Library

 

SILENT LOT 225

Two magnums [1.5L] Bergström 2013 Pinto Noir, Willamette Valley, Orgeon; one each: Gregory Ranch and Shea Vineyard

Josh Bergström returned home to Dundee from a postgraduate program in Viticulture and Enology in the Burgundy region of France in 1999, bringing along with him his fiancé, Caroline. The two were married that fall in newly-purchased Bergström Vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Today, Josh is the general manager, winemaker and vineyard manager at Bergström Wines, whose love of Burgundy is evident in his pursuit to perfecting Oregon Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Included in this lot are two highly-rated, single-vineyard 2013 Pinot Noirs, Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Gregory Ranch was rated 90 by both Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, and 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. Red fruits and licorice take center stage on the palate, while earthy minerals and blueberry control the nose. Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is supple and medium bodied with fine tannins and good acidity. The palate highlights orange peel, berry, and coriander, while mint and cherry add a refreshing aroma. Rated 94 by Wine Enthusiast. Drink now through 2025.

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 226

Two magnums [1.5L] Caymus Vineyards 2015 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; and 2017 Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif, Suisun Valley

Caymus is consistently one of California’s best Cabs. You will not find a vintner with more enthusiasm and passion than owner/winemaker Charlie “Chuck” Wagner. He and his wife Lorna purchased land near the family farm in 1941 where they planted fruit orchards and wine grapes. It wasn’t long before Chuck pulled out the entire orchard to plant Pinot Noir and a clone of Cabernet Sauvignon acquired from Stags Leap grower Nathan Fay. Caymus introduced their first “Special Selection” Cabernet in 1975 and it continues to be the flagship wine of the Wagner family to this day. It is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage and not produced every year. 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 2015 vintage earned high marks from Wine Spectator – 95 points: almost unbridled plum sauce, blackberry preserves and melted licorice flavors, but keeps a smoldering edge for form while picking up alluring black tea and incense notes on the broad finish. There’s a long echo of chocolate adding to this hedonist’s delight. Ready to enjoy now or cellar through 2032.

Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif is a Petite Sirah sourced from Suisun Valley on the north coast of California. The 2017 vintage is lush and rich with a full body mouth feel and concentrated palate. While not yet rated, previous vintages have earned 90+ ratings from critics.

Donor: Caymus Vineyards

 

 

SILENT LOT 227

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical (2007-2012) Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

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 outs in this lot are the 2010 vintage, which was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, and 2012, rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast.

Donor: Jordan Vineyard & Winery

 

SILENT LOT 228

Three French Reds, six bottles [750mL]; two each:

  • 1996 Domaine René Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines, Burgundy
  • 1999 Clos de l’Oratoire Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
  • 2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion, Bordeaux

Gevrey-Chambertin produces some of the world’s most prestigious red wines and is often called the “King of Burgundy” – a fitting description, as its wines have unquestionable concentration and strength while maintaining their regal Pinot character. Gevery-Chambertin tends to lean toward darker fruits and power, with tannins that are more sophisticated than wines of other villages in eastern France. Domaine Leclerc, producer of the 1996 included in this lot, is a historic 20acre vineyard that produce great examples of an authentic representation of Gevery-Chambertin.

Produced in southwestern France, Clos de l’Oratoire is located on Saint-Emilion’s northeast slope. Wines tend to be round, smooth and very seductive. The 1999 Clos de l’Oratoire Grand Cru Classé has aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, plum along with tobacco and mineral. Finishes up soft and silky – 95% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc.

The stand out of these beauties is the 2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion, rated 90 by Wine Spectator, 91 by Wine Advocate, and 94 by Wine Enthusiasts: opulence and richness, with all the generosity of Merlot, are the hallmarks of this superb wine. It is huge and powerful and has enormous potential. What is so exceptional about this wine is that all its power is still to be revealed. In 10 years’ time, it will prove to be one of the stars of the vintage in Saint-Emilion.

Donor: Stephen and Laurie Natelson

 

SILENT LOT 229

Four bottles Rodney Strong 2014 Single Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley: two magnums [1.5L], one each: Alexander’s Crown Block 1 and Brothers Block 8 Vineyards; and two bottles [750mL] Rockaway Vineyard

Founded over 55 years ago, Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in Sonoma County when Rod Strong settled in Sonoma in pursuit of a lifelong passion: winemaking. A new sense of commitment to modern artisan winemaking was initiated when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989. Throughout the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has gained a reputation for their critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines.

Featured in this lot are four of their top-rated 2014 Single Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. Alexander’s Crown Block 1, a medium to full-bodied wine, features red and black currants with notes of black cherries and mulberries. Its firm frame, grainy tannins, and plethora of juicy black fruits earned it a rating of 91 from Wine Advocate. Similarly, Brothers Block 8 encompasses crushed black cherries and plums with elements of cedar and dried herbs. Lush and earthy, this wine earned ratings of 90-92 from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate. Their 2014 Rockaway is full-bodied with chalky tannins and hints of mocha and cedar. Black and red fruits like blackberries, red currants, and blue berries give it a soft frame and lively finish. Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast both rated this impressive wine a 91.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 230

One etched jeroboam [3L] Lamborn Family Vineyards “Vintage XIV” 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Lamborn Family Vineyards is perched on the top of Howell Mountain at 2,200 feet. The volcanic soils and distinct mezzoclimate provide optimal growing conditions. Longtime attendants of L’Amour du Vin are no doubt familiar with the incredible wines crafted by winemaker 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. Their wines come exclusively from estate grown grapes, where quality is sole focus and nothing else.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blueberry and blackberry with notes of vanilla and mocha. The palate is gorged with dark fruits and cherries with a chewy mouthfeel and silky tannins. Although this recent release is not yet rated, recent vintages have scored 90+ ratings from Wine Advocate. Lamborn Family Vineyard’s Cabernet is 100% varietal of Clones 007 and 337, and 100% estate and organically grown. With limited production of only 500 cases annually, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on this phenomenal cab!

Donor: Lamborn Family Vineyards

 

SILENT LOT 231

Handmade, 14k-Gold Earrings from ACF Jewelry, plus a private “Endless Chain” appointment

ACF Jewelry is known for unique, handmade jewelry and other wares by Tennessean and Metalsmith Amanda “Caroline” Farris. The lucky winning bidder and two friends or relatives will experience a unique and coveted service offered by Caroline at her studio, shop, and hideaway in the Old City area of downtown Knoxville. An “Endless Chain” is ACF’s unique semi-permanent bracelet service. Caroline will fit and “zap” (aka solder) a dainty, yet resilient bracelet to you and yours. Great for mothers and daughters, best friends, and even couples. Whether forever or just for now, this service is ACF’s newest and quickly becoming the most popular service. Should you ever need to take the bracelet off ACF will always re-zap it for free.

And of course, for the lucky winning bidder, a pair of handmade, 14k-gold earrings to take home tonight – you’ll feel stylish no matter what when you are wearing this staple pieces.

Includes one pair of earrings, one Endless Chain private appointment, and Silver Endless Chain for 3 people (one each). Additional fees for metal upgrades, charms, or add-ons may apply. Appointment must be scheduled in advance. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Caroline Farris, ACF Jewelry

 

SILENT LOT 232

Six-bottle [750mL] vertical (2010-2015) Antinori Tignanello red blend

Since the release of its first vintage in 1974, the Antinori Tignanello has come to epitomize the finest of Tuscan wines and truly defines the concept of the super Tuscan. Each vintage has been excellent to spectacular since the very first. As such “Tig” has been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture.” The wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc from the Tenuta Tignanello estate in the heart of Chianti Classico. Planted on 127 hectares between the Greve and Pesa river valleys, the vines enjoy hot temperatures during the day, and cooler evenings throughout the growing season. Each of these bottles has been scored by numerous reviewers in the mid to high 90’s. Each can be drunk now, and held for another 10 to 20 years.

Donor: David and Lisa Reath

 

SILENT LOT 233

Three bottles [750mL] Fairchild 2016 G III Cabernet Sauvignon

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 234

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, the Brasserie culinary team takes advantage of the broad array of local East Tennessee produce and meats to create 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; menu is seasonal. Gratuity not included. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Northshore Brasserie; Brian and Stephanie Balest

 

SILENT LOT 235

A selection of Bourbon from Old Forester

For nearly as long as Kentucky has been a state, its name has been synonymous with the best in bourbon and whiskey, and Old Forester Distillery has made a name for itself among many exceptional distillers. First introduced on Louisville’s Whiskey Row in the 1870s, Old Forester has since been a dedicated producer of only the finest bourbon.  Not even Prohibition could hold them back!  With a federal license to continue producing for medicinal purposes during Prohibition, Old Forester is the only bourbon to be continually produced before, during, and after Prohibition.  The winner of this lot will take home a selection of Old Forester’s masterworks. Lovers of history and film, as well as those simply looking for exceptional whiskey, will be pleased to discover there is something for everyone in this expansive sampling of Old Forester’s craft.

Donor: D&V Distributing and Brown-Forman Corporation

 

SILENT LOT 236

One double magnum [3L] VGS 2017 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, in etched bottle; PLUS, a private Epicurean Garden Lunch for 4 guests

Winery founder Jean Noelle Fourmeaux was originally sent to Napa Valley in the 1980’s to “spy” for the French government. When he fell in love with the beauty of the landscape, he sent a telegram home that simply said “looks good, I stay.” With now over 35 years of experience, Jean’s vision for VGS (very good shit) is to produce wines of distinct style and character, representative of their birthplace. Led by his own “laissez-faire” approach to life, VGS Chateau Potelle is guided by a passion for making wines, and has built a reputation for its commitment to high quality and one-of-a-kind taste.

The 2017 Chardonnay NOT your typically buttery, heavy chardonnay! The wine is very focused with lively acidity, initial aromas of lemon and grapefruit develop into a bouquet of apricots, almond paste, and honey; mandarins, lychee, and melon encompass the palate with a complex array of spices including ginger, anise, and citrus oils. In the mouth the wine stays lean despite a certain lusciousness that will develop with time. Ready to drink now or hold 2030.

Included with this beautifully-etched, large format bottle, is a private Epicurean garden lunch for 4 guests at the VGS Tasting House & Garden in St. Helena. Guests will enjoy a five-course lunch prepared by Michelin-starred La Toque Restaurant paired with the wines of VGS Chateau Potelle. Reservations must be made at least 21 days in advance to secure a mutually agreeable date. Lunch available Monday – Friday.

Donor: VGS Chateau Potelle

 

SILENT LOT 237

One-night stay for 2 in luxury accommodations at Half-Mile Farm by Old Edwards Hospitality in Highlands, North Carolina; including a three-course dinner at Madison’s Restaurant 

Escape the city to this tranquil country inn that is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Highlands, North Carolina. Relax by the rustic-luxe fireplaces or take a walk around the glistening Apple Lake. Feel at home in a beautiful guestroom with rustic-luxe décor, hardwood floors, fireplace, and balcony with view.

Ease into the evening with a complimentary hors d’oeuvres reception and enjoy a cocktail and light bites from the bar overlooking the lawn before heading to Madison’s Restaurant at nearby Old Edwards Inn for a spectacular five-course dinner. The restaurant’s talented chefs create mouthwatering dishes like Painted Hills Beef Ribeye, Pecan Crusted Springer Mountain Chicken and Sunburst Trout, all made from sustainable ingredients including those from gardens and greenhouses on property to bring out nature’s most vibrant flavors. In the morning, yoga mats are on hand to take to the dock to greet the day with some rejuvenating asanas.

Other amenities include a heated mineral pool and Jacuzzi, private lake with canoes and stand-up paddle boards (seasonal), and access to Old Edwards Inn venues include the restaurant and wine garden, Four65 Woodfire Bistro + Bar, The Spa and Old Edwards Club. Advance reservations required; valid Sunday through Thursday. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Half-Mile Farm by Old Edwards Hospitality

 

SILENT LOT 238

Six bottles [750mL] Darioush 2014 Napa Valley Reds, two each: Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

This amazing trio from a L’Amour du Vin past featured winery is a perspective of the winery’s amazing 2014 vintage. The Shiraz was rated 92 by Wine Advocate and 90 by Wine Spectator – balances torque with refinement, offering black currant, licorice and smoky beef notes, with big but polished tannins. The Merlot, rated 92 by Wine Spectator, displays the classic cocoa, coffee bean, black cherry and chocolate notes, lush, medium-bodied, flavors, an easygoing style, and light tannin.

And, 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.

Donor: Friend of the KMA

 

SILENT LOT 239

Twelve-bottle [750mL] horizontal of Bergström 2011 Pinot Noir, three each: Le Pré Du Col Vineyard, Temperance Hill Vineyard, Bergström Vineyard, and De Lancelloti Vineyard

John and Karen Bergström first started Bergström wines with the idea that it would become a legacy for their children and a tribute to John’s Swedish upbringing. It was with these dreams in mind that the couple uprooted their lives in Portland and moved to Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a 13-acre vineyard on a south facing slope overlooking Willamette Valley. Now run by their son Josh and his wife Caroline, Bergström produced highly-rated Pinot Noirs and consists of five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres across the Willamette Valley’s best appellations: Bergström Vineyard, Silice Vineyard, Winery Block, Gregory Ranch and Le Pré du Col.

Experience four of those vineyards in this amazing 2011 vintage horizontal of Bergström Pinot Noir. Le Pré  Du Col is complex and tarte with flavors of rhubarb and pomegranate. Scents of licorice and tamarind lead the nose, while tightly wound tannins float over the palate; rated 93 – Wine Advocate. Temperance Hill, rated 92 – Wine Advocate and 90 – Wine Spectator, has wild cherry and tangerine aromas that harmonize with tarte fruits and citrus oils. Bright and citric, the finish is neat and smooth. The namesake Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir is uncharacteristically dark berried, but juicy and tannic. Dense and piquant, this wine is rated 93 – Wine Advocate and 91 – Wine Spectator. Last but not least, De Lancelloti is light and defined with orange peel, blueberry, and green olive flavors. Rated 91 by Wine Spectator, this wine is no longer being produced so bid while you can!

Donor: Jim Mason

 

SILENT LOT 240

Special Four-course dinner for 8 by the fireside at RT Lodge

RT Lodge is top notch! The food is amazing! Eight lucky guests will enjoy a lovely dining experience at RT Lodge with a special and innovative menu designed by Executive Chef Trevor Stockton, set up outdoors by the fireplace (indoors for inclement weather). Chef Stockton shapes menus on the changing bounty of each season, using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and the best providers. Bring a bottle from your own cellar to start the evening and mix with other wines from the RT Lodge wine list.  Wines and spirits are not included.

A hidden gem, RT Lodge is surrounded by a gorgeous landscape on the edge of Maryville College. Drive down a winding, peaceful country lane to a haven that allows you to come together as a group and connect, escape, and celebrate. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Choose from a mutually agreeable date between RT Lodge and the winning bidder. Offer expires March 7, 2021.

Donor: RT Lodge

 

SILENT LOT 241

Seaplane Adventure for Two!

Take your loved one for a spectacular ride you’ll won’t soon forget aboard a seaplane from the fleet of the Tennessee Seaplane Company. You and one guest will take off from Duncan Boat Dock in West Knoxville on Fort Loudon Lake and soar into the air to view the beautiful sites of East Tennessee by plane. You’ll fly upriver over downtown Knoxville, then head east over the Foothills and the Great Smokey Mountains, which promise to be the most fantastic views of the trip, then Tellico Plains, and your pilot can also fly over the ever beautiful Blackberry Farm – a view not many have seen from above!

This unique experience with a hint of adventure is perfect for a special occasion, romantic anniversary, date, or even aerial photography and real estate perspectives.

The Tennessee Seaplane Company was founded in 2017 by two airline transport rated pilots, Ryan Hile and Traver Madden. Tennessee is a great state to fly seaplanes in with an amazing seaplane friendly attitude to waterways.

Limited to 2 adult passengers or 425lbs (children are allowed as long as weight is under 425lbs; 3 passenger maximum). For safety purposes, flight will occur during day light. Mutually agreeable date; expires 9/7/2020.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see East Tennessee like never before!

Donor: Tennessee Seaplane Company

 

SILENT LOT 242

Two-night escape for one couple to Historic Tapoco Lodge in Robbinsville, NC; including two dinners, one lunch, and one breakfast for 2 people

The Historic Tapoco lodge is located at the base of the Cheoah Dam near Robbinsville, North Carolina, in the Nantahala National Forest. To get there, you travel US 129 past Chillhowee Dam up to Calderwood and drive the famous “The Tail of the Dragon.” Once to the other side, it is just a brief distance to Tapoco Lodge.

Tapoco was built in 1930 by the Aluminum Company of America (aka Alcoa) as part of hydroelectric efforts in North Carolina, which began construction of the Cheoah Dam in 1916, provide housing for the hundreds of workers constructing the hydroelectric dams. The lodge has an incredible storied past, much of which has been maintained through its recent renovations including the Tin Movie House, which has been restored to its glory days when it was also used as a community center, dance hall, and for going away parties for the many local soldiers during World War II.

Tapoco is situated on 120 acres in the lush mountain region of the Nantahala National Forest on the banks of the cascading Cheoah River. Adventures like hiking, rafting, kayaking, fishing mountain biking, and winding hilly roads are plentiful, and after your day of adventure, experience sanctuary with riverside dining, a nap in hammock cove, evening fire pits, and beautiful places to rest.

Enjoy dinner each night at Tapoco Tavern, which is perched on the banks of the world famous Cheoah River. The menu combines the very best of a classic pizzeria and all American flavors with a view and environment unmatched in all of Western Carolina. Order a wood stone oven pizza, steak, burgers, salads, and local Carolina Mountain trout, there’s something for everyone.

Retire each night to one of Tapoco’s luxurious king-bed lodge rooms or suites, which combine the elegance of days gone by with the comforts of today. Each is inviting, cozy, and has a view of either the rushing Cheoah River or the Yellowhammer Mountains, it is just the environment to relax and indulge.

Come enjoy adventure and sanctuary in this newly updated resort that maintains its historical aspect!

Does not include gratuities or alcoholic beverages. Advance reservations required and subject to availability; check in available on Friday or Saturday after November 15 and before May 1 OR on any Sunday through Thursday throughout the year. Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: The Historic Tapoco Lodge

 

SILENT LOT 243

Private Cocktail Tasting for 8 at Tern Club

Tucked away on the 100 Block of Gay St. and reminiscent of 1950s Los Angeles, Knoxville’s newest, elevated bar concept, Tern Club, has an intimate, cheeky environment, adorned with banana leaf print and vintage glassware. Tern Club offers a more sophisticated, traditional approach to rum cocktails in a mid-century modern jungle. It’s the perfect oasis for a private tasting with friends. Sip on a “You Go Glen Coco” or a “Old City Swizzle” and toast to a well-executed, original downtown bar concept. Includes private happy hour tasting for 8 people; 90 minutes. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Jocelyn Morin and Ryan Shanley

 

SILENT LOT 244

One magnum [1.5L] Futo OV | SL 2016 Estate Red, Napa Valley; plus, tour and tasting for 4

FUTO Wines began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased a 40-acre property known as Oakford Vineyards. From there, the estate continued to grow and expand into what is today FUTO Estate. The Oakville estate is located in the western foothills of the Oakville appellation. Six separate vineyards span across more than half a mile on the hillside. While Cabernet Sauvignon is the leading varietal, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot are also planted on several select sites across the estate. Now established and thriving, FUTO continues to strive to develop and highlight the elements that make wine unique.

FUTO’s OV|SL is a blend of fruits from their two estate properties in Oakville and Stag’s Leap. Deep garnet purple, aromas of violets, currants, and blackberries waft from the glass. The palate is packed with dense dark fruits and ultra-fine tannins. It was bottled unfined and unfilitered and has impeccable length with a medium-bodied mouth feel. Drink now through 2040; rated 95 by Wine Advocate and 98 by James Suckling.

Included with this magnum is a tour and tasting for 4 guests at FUTO’s stunning estate in Oakville. Tastings are not open to the public, so bid while you can! Expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: FUTO

 

SILENT LOT 245

An Exploration of Italian Wine and the Art of Homemade Pizza for 8 guests

Join Caroline Farris and Connor Coffey for an extensive tour of Italian wine accompanied by an interactive and delectable seminar on the craft of pizza. Caroline and Connor, both hospitality and sommelier professionals, will journey through major and emerging Italian wine regions while you and your friends learn all about homemade pizza production with the guidance of an accomplished Pizzaiolo – guaranteed to be a memorable and delicious evening!

Experience will take place at the home of Allison Page and Connor Coffey or at a mutually agreed upon location featuring a pizza oven. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/7/2021.

Donor: Connor Coffey & Allison Page, Caroline Farris

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