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2021 Live Auction

LIVE LOT 1

Five-year magnum [1.5L] vertical (2011-2015) of Horsepower Vineyards Syrah, The Tribe Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Located in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley, Horsepower Vineyards is about tradition and history—and making history.  Vigneron Christophe Baron, founder of both Cayuse Vineyards and Horsepower Vineyards, pioneered biodynamic farming in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley in 2002.  The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house Baron Albert, Christophe’s family has worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677.  Horsepower is farmed entirely without the use of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, chemical insecticides or fungicides, using only draft horses.   Today, five horses cultivate tightly spaced, 19th century-style vineyards that only they can navigate, using specialized farming equipment created by a blacksmith in Burgundy, France.

These extremely allocated wines, with multi-year wait-lists to acquire, are consistently adored by the critics.  Each vintage in this lot was met with universal praise – scoring 95 points or higher.  The 2015 vintage scored 98 points by both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and critic James Suckling – showed beautifully executed freshness and complexity with charcuterie, graphite, abundant spice and a dusting of pepper, bright berry fruits and an enchanting floral edge.  The 2014, rated 96 points by Wine Advocate and 94 points by James Suckling – with beautiful notes of violets, rose petal, pepper and earth, a full-bodied beauty with fine tannin, juicy acidity and a great finish.  The 2013 was rated 96 by Robert Parker and 95 by Wine Spectator – a blockbuster effort that is up there with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Concentrated, full-bodied, sexy and layered on the palate, it has to-die-for notes of black cherries, currants, olives, steak tartare.  The 2012 scored 97 by Wine Advocate and 96 by Wine Enthusiast – An aromatic tour de force, this perfumed wine offers hypnotic notes of flowers, green olive, asparagus, sea breeze, mineral, peat, smoke flowers and an earthy funk, showing layers of complexity.  And finally, the 2011 vintage garnered 98 Points from the Wine Advocate and 95 point from Decanter – offers a classic northern Rhone-like profile of blackberry and black currant fruits, liquid mineral and smoked meat. Full-bodied, layered, and fabulously concentrated, with considerable back-end structure, this awesome effort will drink well for over 15 years.

These stunning, highly rated Syrahs will continue to gain complexity over the years.  Do not miss a chance to add this elusive, large-format vertical to your collection!
Donor: Horsepower Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 2

Three-night stay at Arista Winery’s Loft Guest Suite [2 bed, 2 bath, full kitchen] with private tour and tasting; Four magnums [1.5L] from Arista Winery’s 2018 vintage, Russian River Valley, two each: Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir A three-night stay for 2 couples at Arista Winery’s guest house in Healdsburg, CA, with a private tour & wine tasting; PLUS four (4) magnums [1.5L] 2018 Russian River Valley wines, two each: 2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay and Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Arista was L’Amour du Vin’s 2020 featured winery with vintner Ben McWilliams here to present their highly rated and finest examples of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, along with his wife Tatiana.   Arista produces small lots that have led to an emphasis on quality over quantity, evident in their limited production wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Russian River Valley.  Included with this lot are two magnums of 2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay and two magnums of 2018 Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir to take home from the L’Amour du Vin auction.

The 2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is one of the oldest blocks in the heart of the Russian River Val-ley.  It is also known as a California Grand Cru tier vineyard site and has become famous for producing wines that simultaneously possess both wonderful richness, lifted freshness, and the 2018 is also driven by a beautiful minerality.

The 2018 Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir is an elevated and classic Russian River Valley Pinto Noir; dense with tart Bing Cherry, crunchy red fruits, fresh raspberry, and notes of minerality.

The 2018s have not yet been scored, but you can expect similar ratings from previous vintages of mid-90 points.

Experience the Russian River Valley first hand with three night’s accommodations in “The Loft” guest suite at the Arista Winery, a beautiful 36-acre property featuring Asian-inspired architecture and Japanese gardens.  This sophisticated getaway is within a short and picturesque drive to charming downtown Healdsburg.  The guest suite is spacious and welcoming and the perfect place to settle into when visiting the wine country.  It features a living area, full kitchen, and 2 bedrooms, both with ensuite bath-rooms.  Included with your stay is a private tour and tasting of the magnificent Arista winery.

A mutually agreeable date may be determined between Arista Winery and the winning bidder.  Expires March 30, 2022.

Donor: Arista Winery

 

LIVE LOT 3

Wine Dinner for up to 12 at the home of Katherine and Joe Fielden prepared by Chef Jeff Carter featuring an incredible Aubert 2018 horizontal plus two “bonus” 2017 Aubert wines

  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Chardonnay ‘Eastside Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Chardonnay ‘Hudson Vineyard,” Carneros
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Chardonnay ‘Powder House Estate Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Pinot Noir ‘CIX Estate Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Pinot Noir ‘UV Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2018 Pinot Noir ‘UV – SL Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2017 Pinot Noir ‘UV Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Three (750ml) bottles Aubert 2017 Pinot Noir ‘UV – SL Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Dinner for up to 12 people to be chef Jeff Carter and Bistro by the Tracks Catering

Aubert Wines was founded by Mark and Theresa Aubert in 2000. Before building his own winery, Mark Aubert made his wines at Colgin Cellars and the Custom Crush facility. While much of his fruit is sourced, Aubert owns 3.2 acres of vineyard land in Sonoma. This land is the source of their UV wines. Aubert wine is one of the best producers of California Chardonnay. They also make Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Prior to starting Aubert wine in 1999, Mark Aubert worked at some of the best wineries in California. He replaced Helen Turley at the Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma and he later replaced Helen Turley for the second time when he became the wine maker for the cult wine Colgin Cellars in Napa. Mark Aubert has also worked as consultant for some of the top California wineries including Sloan, Futo and Bryant Family. Given that resume, discussing the wines might seem somewhat incidental. Without going into a lot of detail, the Chardonnays were rated 97, 97 and 99 by Parker’s The Wine Advocate. The Pinots from 2018 were rated 96 to 98+ points and the 2017 were both rated 95 points. You get the idea.

How will that match with the food? Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants, will be doing the food preparation along with the Bistro by the Tracks Catering staff. Jeff, former Executive Chef for Dancing Bear Lodge, is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). We know his food is always top notch.

This special dinner will be held in one of the grand dames of Sequoyah Hills, the English Tudor-style home of Katherine and Joe Fielden designed by architect A.B. Baumann, Jr. and built in 1924.  It is privately nestled within a beautifully landscaped and expansive property. Elegant dining areas, both indoor and outdoor, ensure that the winning bidder will enjoy a delightful evening dining while at this enchanting house and property.

So, you will have a world class horizontal of wines from Aubert and world class food from Jeff Carter at a spectacular home with amazing hosts. What a phenomenal evening! The only thing missing is your winning bid and choice of dates (mutually agreeable), friends and location.

Donor: Aubrey R. Burleson – “Randy” and Katherine and Joe Fielden

 

LIVE LOT 4

Twelve bottles [750ml] of Northern Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux Red wines:

  • One [750ml] bottle 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage “La Chapelle”
  • Two [750ml] bottles 1996 M. Chapoutier Ermitage “Le Pavil-lon”
  • Two [750ml] bottles 1996 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
  • Two [750ml] bottles 1994 Château Leoville Barton
  • Two [750ml] bottles 2000 Château La Gaffeleire
  • Two [750ml] bottles 1999 Clos de L’Oratoire
  • One [750ml] bottle 1989 Château Meyney

Wine aficionados have argued for centuries about the greatest wine regions in all the world, and the debate often comes back to France – Burgundy, Bordeaux, maybe Northern Rhone?  With this lot you don’t have to choose – it contains fantastic examples of aged, per-fectly cellared red wines from all three of these pinnacles of French winemaking.  Let the debating begin!

The lot starts out with a bang – a legendary cru, Hermitage, and the crown jewel of the House of Paul Jaboulet Aine, “La Chapelle.”  British wine writer Clive Coates called La Chapelle, “One of the great red wines of the world.” Hailing from one of the smallest and most important Syrah regions of Northern Rhone, and from a spectacular vintage, this wine scored a perfect 100 points from both Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck.  Parker calls the 1990 the “Modern day equivalent of the legendary 1961.”  Dunnuck sums it up saying “One of the greatest Hermitages ever made, life is too short not to drink this once in your life!”  Next, another stunning ex-ample of Hermitage Syrah is the 1996 M. Chapoutier “Le Pavil-lon.”  Recent scores of 97 points given by both Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck prove the outstanding longevity of this wine, with Par-ker in 2016 calling it “and incredible wine that has another two dec-ades of prime drinking, and will keep even longer.”  We now move over to Burgundy and an incredible expression of Pinot Noir with the Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru.  Robert Parker gave is 94 points stating, “It’s long and expansive finish also pos-sesses copious amount of tannins.  Wow!”  Finally, we move on to Bordeaux, the cradle of French Cabernet Sauvignon and Mer-lot.   First, we have the 1994 Château Leoville Barton, classified as Second Growth in 1855, and six generations of Bartons have pre-served the quality of this wine from St. Julien since.  Also Château La Gaffeliere, from the legendary 2000 vintage, and one of the stars of Saint-Emilion that year.  Feel free to taste it alongside the 1999 Clos De L’Oratoire, also from Saint-Emilion, and com-pare.  We round out the lot with the 1989 Château Meyney, form another legendary Bordeaux vintage. An excellent example Saint-Estephe terroir, Château Meyney is ideally situated and flanked by Château Montrose and Calon-Segur.

Some of the finest examples of aged Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, they are ready to drink now or able to cellar.  Don’t miss an opportunity to find out what makes French wine so very special yet so incredibly distinct.

Donor: Stephen E. Natelson MD

 

LIVE LOT 5

One bottle [750mL] CULT CLASSIC Screaming Eagle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley. 

Screaming Eagle is the original and still the ultimate, sought-after “cult wine” in the United States drawing the maximum bottle price. One of Napa Valley’s smallest wineries, Screaming Eagle has been a premier producer of exceptional California Cabernet Sauvignon since releasing it’s first vintage in 1995.  The famous 34-acre winery, now owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke, is located in Oakville, Napa Valley.  Sitting atop a rocky hillside, it has been home to some of California’s most celebrated winemakers, including Heidi Barrett and Andy Erickson.  The winery produces a very limited amount of Cabernet Sauvignon wine annually. The vineyard is currently managed by the equally famous winemaker, David Abreu. Screaming Eagle is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc grapes.

Screaming Eagle is nearly impossible to acquire, and seldom, if ever, found locally.  The legendary 2009 vintage is rated, by most wine experts, as one of three highest rated years (1999, 2009 & 2012) of its storied history, being graded by many of the wine rating agencies at a perfect 100!

Rated 98+ and 98 by Antonio Galloni after two different tastings.  Upon his first tasting, Galloni wrote, “The 2009 Screaming Eagle is insanely beautiful. It is a relatively open vintage that nevertheless possesses stunning intensity, depth and elegance. Dark red berries, flowers, mint and spices are all woven together beautifully. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the long, seductive finish. The 2009 continues to flesh out in the glass. All of the elements are in the right place in the drop-dead gorgeous, stunning 2009. A haunting bouquet reminiscent of a great Musigny lingers on the finish.”  And after his second tasting, he noted, “Once again, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon pays homage to the 2007, but the aromas and flavors seems to be just a touch brighter, which might just be a function of the wine’s age. A wine of remarkable precision, the 2009 is to-tally dialed in from start to finish. Layers of intensely sweet, perfumed fruit are woven together with remarkable elegance and sheer polish.”

This is a unique chance to own one of the rarest, most coveted and legendary bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world!  Don’t miss the opportunity as you never know when you may get another chance.

The bottle is currently stored in the donor’s wine cellar and will be delivered to the pur-chaser at a time and location at their request.

Donor: David Stevens/Campbell Station Wine & Spirits

 

LIVE LOT 6

A four-course dinner with wine pairings for 10 guests in the home of John and Cindy Compton with Chef Peter Glander of Knox Provisions.  

An unforgettable evening awaits you and your guests with a four-course dinner and wine pairing hosted by John and Cindy Compton in the privacy of their home. Chef Peter Glander will attend as the Executive Chef and Sommelier for the evening. A portion of the wines will be donated by Ashe’s Wine & Spirits.

Chef Glander is a farm-to-table pioneer, solidifying his love for seasonal and regional food and an appreciation for farmers and artisans, all of which inspired his culinary journey. Following graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Glander had the opportunity to work in the kitchens of some of the finest restaurants in California and New York. While in New York, Peter was able to gather additional experiences from culinary stars Jean Georges Vonferichten and Gabriel Kreuther. Before leaving the city he worked with hospitality expert Danny Meyer and Chef Kreuther and together they opened The Modern at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.  Upon returning to Tennessee, Peter served as Executive Chef of The Barn restaurant at Blackberry Farm and then as Director of Culinary and research for Ruby Tuesday. Peter has a passion for sharing his hospitality through simple and fresh seasonal food and has made a name for himself in Knoxville as one of the top premier chefs in the area.

A very special evening will be created for you and your guests at the Compton residence. You will enjoy a wine tasting in the wine room and socialize with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to a perfectly paired four-course dinner with wine and dessert.

A mutually agreeable date after July 31, 2021 may be determined between the Compton’s and the winning bidder.  Expires March 31, 2022.

Donor: Cindy and John Compton

 

 LIVE LOT 7

Twelve-year vertical [2003-2014] of Quilceda Creek Winery Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, one bottle [750mL] each.  Twelve-bottle [750ml] vertical of Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – twelve consecutive years (2003-2014).

A lot like this is exactly why you come to L’Amour du Vin!  Quilceda Creek is an icon of American Cabernet Sauvignon.   As proof – this Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet has received more 100-point scores by Robert Parker than any other North American winery – five flawless vintages to be exact.  Four of these 100-point wines are included in this lot!

There were only 12 bonded wineries in Washington State’s Columbia Valley when Alex Golitzin established Quilceda Creek in 1978, and despite the explosive growth all around it, Quilceda Creek remains at the pinnacle.  Alex immigrated to San Francisco as a youth, and then spent time in Napa with a godfather of wine—his maternal uncle, the great Andre Tchelistcheff.   Alex’s son Paul now operates the winery where they remain dedicated to the production of world class Cabernet through precision winemaking techniques and attention to detail.   These wines remain extremely difficult to acquire with a multi-year wait to find a spot on their mailing list.

In fact, this Cabernet was the first American wine from outside California to earn a perfect 100-point score from The Wine Advocate.  In addition to the four 100-point wines included in this lot, Wine Advocate has two others rated 99, three at 98, two more at 97 and one at 96.  Importantly, it is not just Robert Parker who loves these wines, as they are universally loved by critics everywhere.  This lot contains three Wine Spectator Top 10 wines of the year (2 of those being at #2), and two others on their top 100 list.  Wine Spectator has scored every wine in the lot 94 points or better.  Stephen Tanzer of Vinous has every one of them rated 95 points or higher.   The scores from a recent vertical tasting by Decanter magazine (2004-2010) were 100, 99, 99, 99, 99, 98, and 95.  The list could go on and on.  The 2005 vintage was even served at the White House dinner to President Hu Jintao of China in 2011.

Finding any Quilceda Creek wine, in any vintage, is a happy circumstance.  Having an opportunity to acquire a twelve-year vertical and be able to drink well-aged and perfectly matured examples, is an unforgettable experience.

Donor: Jim Mason

 

LIVE LOT 8

Malibu Boats Experience for 2 couples – enjoy two days of private training at award-winning Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida, PLUS three nights at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. 

Train like a pro wakeboarder/surfer at the Malibu sponsored award-winning private training lake in Orlando Florida, Freedom Wake Park.  This world class experience is for four people to train for two days behind the latest 2021 Malibu boats with instruction from members of their professional team.  Whether you are a beginner or an aspiring competitor, you will be in good hands training with either Cobe Mikacich, one of the dozen recognized Legends of wakeboarding, or his wife Tarah, the 2016 Female Rider of the Year.  Equipment, if needed, will be provided. Malibu will put you up in the fabulous Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for three nights, so you can train hard and rest well.

Malibu boats is the global leader in patented wake and wave creation technologies so you’ll be in great hands. The brand’s watersports towboats are handcrafted in North Albury, Australia, and right here, along the shore of the Tennessee River, in Loudon.

Training and stay will be on mutually agreeable dates. The winning bidder is responsible for travel to and from Orlando as well as local travel in and around Orlando. This is a once in a lifetime experience not available to the public!!

Must be used before March 6, 2022.

Donor: Malibu Boats

 

LIVE LOT 9

Wine Dinner for 20 prepared by Jeff Carter and the staff from Bistro by the Tracks Catering at the home of Melanie and Chris Pollock featuring a huge horizontal of Martinelli Wines:

  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Chardonnay “Martinelli Road Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Chardonnay “Lolita Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Pinot Noir “Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard,” Fort Ross–Seaview, Sonoma Coast
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Pinot Noir “Bondi Home Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Pinot Noir “Zio Tony Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Pinot Noir “Lolita Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Pinot Noir “Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard,” Fort Ross–Seaview, Sonoma Coast
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Pinot Noir “Bondi Home Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Pinot Noir “Zio Tony Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Zinfandel “Jackass Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Dinner for up to 20 people to be held at the residence of the winning bidder prepared by Jeff Carter and the staff of Bistro by the Tracks Catering

One of the oldest and most historically significant vineyard owners and wine producers in Northern California is the large Martinelli family that cultivates over 350 acres. Remarkably, 90% or more of their entire production is sold off to other wineries as the production of their Martinelli wines tends to be small, ranging from fewer than 100 cases to 500 – 600+. Since 1896, five generations of the family have worked together producing apples and wine in Sonoma County. Martinelli makes lots of great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel. In fact, a complete horizontal of all of the Martinelli offerings will include 28 different varietal – single vineyard combinations. Many of you might remember back to the 2010 L’Amour du Vin when Regina Martinelli introduced us to the wonderful world of Martinelli wines paired with the excellent cuisine of New York City’s chef Bill Telepan. Unfortunately, Bill’s eponymous restaurant has closed. The James Beard Award-winner is now working with Bon Appétit Management, which has taken over food service at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But, we need to focus on Martinelli and this great lot. The wines in this 60-bottle horizontal (yes, you read that number correctly!) received excellent scores from Parker’s The Wine Advocate. They ranged from 92 to the upper mid-90’s. Let’s face it, the Martinellis make amazing juice.

Secluded in the private neighborhood of Oakleigh is the stunning residence of Melanie and Chris Pollock.  Designed by architect Haden Reid and completed in 2017 by Robert Dew, it is exquisitely situated within its beautiful natural surroundings.  This gracious home, and its alluring setting, enables the choice of an indoor dining experience or an outdoor retreat.

The food will be prepared by Jeff Carter and the staff at Bistro by the Tracks Catering. The location, in the private neighborhood of Oakleigh at the stunning residence of Melanie and Chris Pollock. Designed by architect Haden Reid and completed in 2017 by Robert Dew, it is exquisitely situated within its beautiful natural surroundings.  This gracious home, and its alluring setting, enables the choice of an indoor dining experience or an outdoor retreat.

You know the food will match these wonderfully expressive wines. We have the food. We have the location. We certainly have the wine. What we need are friends (dinner for up to 20) and a negotiated date. All you have to do is buy it!

Donor: Aubrey R. Burleson – “Randy” and Melanie and Chris Pollock

 

LIVE LOT 10

One-week stay on Kiawah Island, SC for up to 4 couples (8 adults and up to 6 children).

Escape to the beautiful Kiawah Island this summer in this gorgeous 5-bedroom, 5 ½-bath private home located in the charming Village of Turtle Beach.  Situated just a nine iron away from the beach, and less than a half mile up the sand from the Sanctuary Hotel, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy all that Kiawah has to offer.  This newly renovated home has an open floor plan and spacious living on the first floor, which includes an expansive full front porch and inviting rear screened porch.   Guests will love the beautifully updated, well-appointed open kitchen that connects to the back porch with 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks, large refrigerator, beverage fridge and a wine fridge.  Two of the bedrooms are masters suites with king beds (one with its own private porch), two others are queen bedrooms, and one is a kids room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a trundle bed. Every bedroom has its own full ensuite bathroom and flat panel TVs.  This gracious home sleeps 14 (8 adults and up to 6 children).  Also included is access to the neighborhood pool and gazebo, and it is within walking distance to the Sanctuary Hotel, East Beach Tennis Center and the Turtle Point Golf Club.   Other amenities include a gas fireplace and outdoor shower area.

Located just a 45 minute drive from historic Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island is one of the most desirable ocean front spots in the country, and for good reason.  This private island has wide stretches of uncrowded beaches, miles of maritime forests and acres of picturesque marshland.  The main draw however may be its award-winning golf courses, with five public courses on island, including the famed Ocean Course – ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 25 golf courses in the US and home to two PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup.  Other activities include multiple watersports, fishing, tennis, boat rides, and nature excursions, and more.

Dates are finite this summer and all stays are Friday – Friday, but include 4th of July Weekend!  They are July 2 – July 9; July 30 – August 6; August 6 – August 13; August 13 – August 20; August 20 – August 28.

Donor: John and Debbie Diddle

 

LIVE LOT 11

Seven bottles [750mL] Collector’s Items 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, all rated 94+ by Wine Spectator. One each: Altamura, Caymus Vineyards Special Selection, Chappellet Pritchard Hill, Dana Estates Lotus Vineyard, Dana Estates Helms Vineyard, Lewis Cellars “Cuvee L,” and Opus One Winery Proprietary Red.

Wine Spectator rated the 2007 Napa Valley vintage a nearly perfect 99 on its 100-point scale. According to James Laube the near-perfect growing conditions and a small crop, caused the grapes to reach ideal ripeness, and the wines show a lush texture and impeccable balance. This is a classic Napa Valley vintage that will be collector’s items for years to come.

Of the Altamura, Robert Parker says: “Probably the best Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Altamura” – awarded it 95 points. Wine Spectator’s James Laube – 96 points. Caymus Vineyards Special Selection: RP 93, WS 96. Chappellet Pritchard Hill: RP 96, WS 96. Look out – 100 points from Robert Parker – Dana Estates Lotus Vineyard. WS awarded 96. Dana Estates Helms Vineyard: RP 97, WS 96. Lewis Cellars “Cuvee L:” WS 95. Opus One: RP 95, WS 94. Wowza!! Big Cab collectors don’t let this lot slip away!

Donor: Eric and Elaine Zeanah

 

LIVE LOT 12

Garden Tour and Dinner for 8 at the homes of Sharon and Joe Pryse and Kreis Beall featuring Chef David Rule

Sharon and Joe Pryse have been dedicated supporters of L’Amour du Vin and the KMA, and starting your evening off in their beautiful home, which rests on the banks of the Tennessee River, is the perfect way to begin your night!  Built in 1922 by Albert B. Baumann, this stately and elegant home is as hospitable as it is impressive. With a glass of bubbly or apéritif in hand, your group will tour the expansive gardens led by your hosts.

Next, you’ll head next door to the home of Kreis Beall on a historic property once known as Crescent Bluff.  Designed by John Russell Pope, one of the leading architects in the United States in the early 20th Century, and built in 1917, it is the original Carriage House of the Dulin Mansion, and former home of U.S. Senator Howard Baker.  Kreis used Atlanta architect Keith Summerour to expand the home, while maintaining the elegance of the original architecture.  Kreis’ magnificently set tables are a work of art unto themselves, and a dinner there is one that will not soon be forgotten!

We cannot think of a more perfect pair than strolling between these two homes, both beautifully situation on the river.

Chef David Rule will prepare dinner, created to bring out the best in each wine pairing – three Ridge 2015 Zinfandels, three bottles [750mL] each: East Beach, Ponzo, Pagni Ranch. Expect a top-notch hospitality experience, gastronomic delight, and lasting memories for you and 8 of your closest friends!

Donor: Sharon and Joe Pryse, Kreis Beall, David Rule / The Appalachian, Ridge

  

LIVE LOT 13

One-week ski vacation in a Luxurious Penthouse Condominium at the base of Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado for up to 14 guests. 

This beautifully appointed 3,000 sq. ft. condo offers every comfort and luxury along with easy convenience to the slopes.  It features four-bedrooms, all with ensuite baths, and a loft.  It is located in the heart of Avon, Colorado and a one-minute walk to the Riverfront Express Gondola to Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, and convenient to all the restaurants, entertainment, and amenities of Avon.  On two-levels, this spacious vacation condo has great views of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort and features a ful-ly-equipped kitchen, fireplace and 4 balconies.   It is ideal for four couples, two to three families with children, one large extended family, or an all-girls or all-guys trip.  The bedrooms are configured as follows:  1 king bedroom, 3 bedrooms each with 2 queen beds, and a captain’s bunk in the loft.

The Lodge enjoys many amenities including Smart HD flat-screen TVs, free wireless internet, elevator, washer and dryer, grill, professional linen service/housekeeping, free underground parking, an on-site front desk, 24/7 on-call maintenance, ski/bike full-service rental shop in lobby, 3 restaurants in the building, and an easy walk to the Avon Recreation Center pool and fitness center.

Non-smoking and no pets allowed. A mutually agreeable date may be chosen between the homeowner and winning bidder November 2021-April 2022.  Not available December 20, 2021-January 4, 2022.

Donor: Carter and Flynt Griffin

 

LIVE LOT 14

Six distinct bottles (totaling over 15+ “bottles” of wine by volume) donated lovingly by past L’Amour du Vin Chairs!

  • One Methuselah [5L] 2012 CIRQ Treehouse Vineyard Pinot Noir signed and etched
  • One Jeroboam [3L] 2006 Marchesi Antinori “Solaia” Toscana etched in a wooden box
  • One [750ml] bottle 2014 “Sam Beall Cuvee” Cabernet Sauvignon (Spottswoode Estate/Vineyard 7&8/Pride Mountain Vineyards) Napa Valley Cabernet Blend
  • One Magnum [1.5L] 2017 Realm “The Bard” Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
  • One [750ml] bottle 2017 Pulido~Walker Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard
  • One [750ml] bottle 2018 Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel Russian River Valley

After the historic uncertainty of the past 12 months, we felt it was the perfect time to call upon our past L’Amour du Vin chairs to open their cellars and support us in this challenging year- and boy did they respond!  This truly rare and exquisite collection of wines is as unique and outstanding as the chairs themselves.  Many of these bottles would make impressive lots on their own- but we have grouped them together to make a remarkable collector’s dream.  This lot has a little something for everyone.

To begin, we have the stunning etched Methuselah 5L CIRQ Treehouse Pinot Noir signed by winemaker Michael Brown himself.  Michael was our 2014 LDV featured winemaker and co-founder of Kosta Browne Winery, and has years of experience making stunning Pinot Noirs.  The 2012 Treehouse was Michael’s second vintage at CIRQ, and continued to showcase his mastery of the grape.  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate writes “It’s a beautiful Pinot Noir that offers up classy cassis, liquid flowers, and rose petal in its gorgeously textured, layered, and vibrant personality. I love the core of sweet fruit here, and it has a terrific finish. Hard to resist now, it will evolve nicely for upward of a decade.

Next, we have the magnificent Jeroboam 3L of Marchesi Antinori Solaia. One of the legendary “Super Tuscans” from one of the very best vintages (Robert Parker has 2006 as his highest rated vintage in Tuscany over the past 20 years) this Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc.   Vinous writes, “The wine’s structure and pure vertical intensity dazzle from start to finish.  The 2006 is built for serious cellaring.  Readers lucky enough to own it should be thrilled.”

Our third wine may be the most incredibly special and exclusive bottles of wine ever produced.  Created in honor of Sam Beall after his passing in 2016, our three featured vintners that year (Spottswoode, Vineyard 7&8, Pride) came together to create a one of a kind Cabernet blend to honor his great memory.  The final product from these three legendary Napa vineyards was exquisite.   Bottled in very limited quantity, this wine is as rare as it is wonderful to drink – so do not pass it up.

Realm was our featured winery in 2014, and those lucky enough to have had their Cabernets know how stunning they are to drink.  The Bard, their Cabernet blend, was their first wine to score 100 points and helped put Realm on the map.  This Magnum of the 2017 vintage will continue to age like a Left Bank Bordeaux, universally loved by critics with scores in the upper 90s across the board.

Also included is an extraordinary 100% Cabernet Sauvignon by famed Napa winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.  The 2017 Pulido~Walker Cabernet is produced from grapes from Melansan vineyard on Pritchard Hill (just across from Colgin Cellars).  Critic Jeb Dunnuck gave scored it 97 points and wrote “I suspect the 2017 Pulido~Walker might be a candidate for wine of the vintage, and the cellar will be your friend on the one.”

Finally, we round out the lot with a wonderful selection from our 2010 featured winery Martinelli.  The 2018 Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley is one of the most distinctive Zinfandels they produce.  Vinous gave it 95 points and called it “gracious and beautifully perfumed, this wine is flat out gorgeous!”

We cannot quantify the commitment our past Chairs have had to L’Amour du Vin over the years.  They have continuously given their time and effort to this event and once again have opened up their hearts and cellars in our support.  Don’t miss a chance to show how much you have appreciated them by bidding up this historic lot!

Donor: Melissa and Randy Burleson, Karen and Bob Gilbertson, Lisa and David Reath, Simonne and Taylor Wortham, Jaynie and Myron Ely, and Susan and Lee Hyde

 

LIVE LOT 15

Spottswoode Wine Dinner for up to 20 at Fabulous Craiglen prepared by Jeff Carter and Bistro by the Tracks Catering

  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Spottswoode 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa & Sonoma Counties
  • Dinner for up to 20 people to be held at a location to be chosen by the winning bidder
  • Dinner will be prepared by Jeff Carter and the staff of Bistro by the Tracks Catering

Spottswoode Winery is one the absolute top Featured Vintners of L’Amour du Vin. They were the sole vintner in 2013 and one of three vintners in 2017. The Novak family have been very gracious to us. Better yet is the fact that they make outstanding wine. Randy and Melissa have included a 30 bottle, 5 year vertical of the superb Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The average rating for the vertical (which includes 2 perfect scores and a 99) is 98.8 points from Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Enough said! Spottswoode also makes a mean Sauvignon Blanc. It is a blend of 63% grapes from Napa and 37% from Sonoma and contains 2% Semillon. The grapes come from some of the most storied AVAs. It received ratings from 92 – 95 points.

So, let’s move on to the grub. You and your guests will dine on fantastic food prepared by the staff of Bistro by the Tracks Catering. Jeff Carter and his staff turn out some of the best food in Knoxville. Many of the events he prepares are legendary. That same quality and attention to detail will be focused on ensuring that your party receives the best food possible.

This magnificent evening of food and wine will take place at the Tuscan-style villa “Craiglen” designed by Architect Charles Barber in the mid-1920’s for marble baron John Craig. Barber and Craig modeled the interior layout and details after Italy’s 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati, today a major tourist attraction in Florence. The current owners have undergone a renovation, restoring the beauty of this architectural masterpiece and expansive gardens. The arcaded loggia, overlooking the courtyard, connects the impressive living room with a large fireplace to the paneled dining room where you and your guests will dine.

After this past year, there is a huge pent-up demand for a memorable party. It’s clear that Randy and Melissa understand what a memorable party would entail. This is your chance to have one of the premier parties when the flood gates open up. All you have to do is be the winning bidder.

Donor: Randy and Melissa Burleson, Millie and Elder Brown, Jr.

 

LIVE LOT 16

Two-night stay in the private Cardinale Guest House in Napa Valley for two couples with exclusive VIP tasting and lunch at Cardinale, PLUS, one magnum [1.5L] each: 2012 and 2016 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignons in collectible wood boxes.

Cardinale, located in Napa Valley’s world-renowned Oakville District, crafts a single Cabernet Sauvignon from each vintage. The wine is a limited-production blend from Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations. Each of our esteemed mountain vineyards creates a beautiful note unique to their location, but the composition they create together results in a remarkable symphony of flavor and texture. Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most structured and complex wines. Every bottle reveals the artistry of Winemaker Christopher Carpenter. In the bottle, Cardinale is sophisticated, powerful, and a true expression of Napa Valley.

This unprecedented auction lot includes a luxurious wine country experience at the hilltop Cardinale estate in the world-renowned Oakville Distract of Napa Valley. Two (2) couples will enjoy an exclusive VIP tasting with lunch accompanied by stunning views of the Napa Valley followed by a two (2) night stay at the private Cardinale Guest House. The winner will also take home a hand-selected, two-vintage vertical set of Cardinale library magnums from the 2012 and 2016 vintages in collectible wood boxes; receiving 98 points, and 97 points respectively, from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

This lot includes:

One (1) magnum each of the 2012 and 2016 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignons in collectible wood boxes

*Two (2) night stay at the private Cardinale Guest House for two (2) couples

*Exclusive VIP tasting and lunch at Cardinale for two (2) couples

A thrilling offering from this year’s featured wine portfolio The Spire Collection, of which Cardinale is included! Bid high!

Restrictions: VIP Tasting experience and overnight stay at Cardinale are based on availability and mutually agreeable dates and is subject to availability dependent upon regulations and Cardinale’s ability to accommodate at the time of the request. Expires 6/30/22.

Donor: Cardinale / The Spire Collection

 

LIVE LOT 17

Crystal Wagner

Nox Illum, Vexo, and Lux Tennebris, 2018.

Screen-printed archival paper, wood, wire, paint,

24x27x12, 24x27x12, 33x32x15 inches.

The worlds of sculpture and printmaking collide in the groundbreaking work of Los Angeles-based mixed-media artist Crystal Wagner. Her sprawling organic forms represent a unique blend of screen printing, drawing, and site-specific sculptural installation.  Nox Illum, Vexo, and Lux Tennebris are among a recent series of intricate 3D mixed media prints that make reference to the complexities and restless growth of the natural world—especially bioluminescent undersea life. Each sculptural work or “bioform” evolves bit-by-bit through a painstaking process of cutting, folding, bending, and assembling by hand archival screen printed paper in dense, intertwined masses that appear to sprout into surrounding spaces.  For Wagner, this labor intensive process is deeply meaningful in that it echoes the tendency of life forms in the natural world to develop by gradual accumulation into alluring forms that she describes as “something exotic, otherworldly, yet something familiar.”

Crystal Wagner received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee in 2008. Her work has been collected and exhibited around the world by institutions including the Knoxville Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She was awarded the highly-coveted Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2015 and also a recipient of the Awesome Without Borders Awesome Foundation Art Grant and the Sculpture and Installation Category Award Winner of the SEE.ME “Art Takes Paris” international art competition. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Artnet, Art & Science Journal, My Modern Met, Beautiful Decay Magazine, and most recently Art & Object Magazine: The Audacious Creativity of Crystal Wagner. Notable commissions include large-scale installations for NIKE, Warner Brothers, the Grammy Museum, and the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips.  She recently produced two installations for Viacom, one of which is a 117-foot piece at their headquarters in Times Square featured in the New York Times and broadcast nationally on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown.

Donor: Crystal Wagner

  

LIVE LOT 18

BBQ Wine Dinner for up to 24 at the home of Sherri Lee featuring a vertical of Martinelli Zinfandel wine from the “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard:”

  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2012 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2015 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2017 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2018 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2019 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Whole Pig Dinner for up to 24 people to be held at the residence of the winning bidder to be smoked by Calhoun’s

We have talked a lot about Martinelli in a previous lot. Here we have a marvelous 36 bottle vertical of their Zinfandel from the Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. About a century later, their grandson planted a vineyard of Zinfandel and named the vineyard after the founders. This vineyard produces some remarkable Zinfandel juice. The ratings for all of these bottles range from 93 to 96 points.

The Whole Pig dinner for up to 24 will be smoked by Calhoun’s Restaurant (a member of the Copper Cellar group). Everyone in Knoxville knows that Calhoun’s knows how to prepare barbecue. Held in the conservatory garden house on the gorgeous estate of Sherri Lee, dinner for you and 23 of your closest friends will be unforgettable.

And, you know that Martinelli knows how to produce some of the best Zinfandel around. So, what are you waiting for? Purchase this lot, negotiate a date, invite your friends, and start drinking that great Zin.

Donor: Aubrey Jaye Burleson, Mike Chase/ Calhouns on the River, and Sherri Lee

 

LIVE LOT 19

Exceptionally rare, limited edition Château Montrose Bicentenary Case.  The custom, handcrafted case contains a unique three bottle [2L] vertical from the famed Bordeaux Château’s recent extraordinary vintages (2014, 2015, 2016) to commemorate the winery’s Bicentennial in 2015. The trilogy of etched bottles inside (only 200 of each produced to commemorate their 200 years of history) are numbered and encased in a custom cabinet designed as a rare object that is a work of art unto itself.  In addition, the owners of this case are also entitled to an exclusive experience with a VIP tour of the winery followed by a private dinner (or lunch) for three couples at the stunning Château Montrose Estate on the banks of the Gironde! 

 This is an extremely limited opportunity to own one of the unique cases of wine in the world and experience a very special visit to the Château.  Château Montrose has been producing one of the best wines in all of Bordeaux for centuries.  Part of the original 1855 Bordeaux classification, this winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation is known today for its powerful, full-bodied Bordeaux wine.  Blessed with undisputed natural assets and combined with advantages nurtured over the centuries, Château Montrose has one of the region’s most privileged wine-growing terroirs.

This bicentenary custom-designed case is a true “cabinet of curiosities” handcrafted to cele-brate their 200th anniversary in a limited edition of only 200 numbered examples.  Inside, the three selected vintages stand among the property’s “Great Classics,” in a unique and rare 2-liter format: The 2014, 2016, and of course the 2015 bicentenary vintage, reflecting three rich and varied expressions of the Montrose terroir.  The case encompasses a cigar box and games compartment, which offers two decks of cards, two sets of dice, a set of dominoes, backgammon, 150 casino chips as well as a humidifier and hygrometer.  It would also make a beautiful jewelry box.  A truly iconic acquisition, the auction of case No. 1/200 took place in October, and bidding closed at $24,000!  See below for video of the signature limited edition.

On your visit to Château Montrose, you will experience an exclusive VIP tour followed by a choice of lunch or dinner paired with wine for six guests, hosted by a senior member of the management staff (or possibly by Hervé Berland the CEO himself!).   This gorgeous Château underwent a $75 million dollar renovation in 2013.  In addition, Mr. Berland has graciously of-fered to organize other visits to top Châteaux of the region (Cheval Blanc, Latour as examples), and will assist with nearby luxury hotel accommodations as well.  How truly special to have the team of an iconic Bordeaux Château help plan your trip and visit!  This is an extraordinary opportunity to visit premier wineries in Europe.

The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage.  Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. It’s  a wine of exceptional finesse and polish.  An incredibly precise wine, it sets a benchmark for Château Montrose.  Rated 97 points by James Suckling, Vinous and Wine Enthusiast, 96 points by Robert Parker, and 95 points by Wine Spectator and Jeb Dunnuck.

 The 2015 vintage was the Bicentennial year. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time.  The first tastings put this vintage among the great years of Château Montrose.  Deep in color, the expressive and elegant nose reveals notes of white flowers. On aeration, more complex aromas of ripe black fruit emerge, smoky and toasty. The attack is clean and elegant on the palate, true velvet supported by silky tannins. Very good balance in a very fine and defined wine. The very long finish reveals notes of oak and licorice.  Rated 98 points by James Suckling, 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, and 95 points by Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck.

The 2016 Montrose is unquestionably one of the top 2-3 wines of the vintage, and a monument in the making. This deep purple-colored 2016 possesses powerful, incredibly classic Saint-Estephe notes of creme de cassis, graphite, damp earth, lead pencil shavings, and burning embers. With a powerful, full-bodied style on the palate, a huge mid-palate, lots of underlying structure and tannic grip, and perfect balance, this magical wine will need upwards of a decade of cellaring and will keep for 40-50 years.  Rated a perfect 100 points by Jeb Dunnuck, 99 points by Robert Parker, 98 points by James Suckling, 97 points by Wine Enthusiast, and 96 points by Wine Spectator.

Visit Château Montrose’s website at www.Château-montrose.com for more information.  The winery visit must be booked in advance and chosen during the working days of the estate.  The visit must take place prior to February 28, 2024.

Donor: Mrs. Melissa Bouygues – President of Château Montrose

 

LIVE LOT 20

The ultimate one-of-a-kind Darioush experience for two couples!  Dine one evening with Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi in their personal home at the estate winery, spend two nights in the luxury boutique Archer Hotel, and take home from the auction six magnums [1.5L] of their crown jewel, the 2018 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon.

Begin your journey with an after-dark exploration of the eponymous Darioush winery.  Darioush Khaledi will personally act as your guide as he explains the secrets behind making standout Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley.  After working up an appetite during your exploration, join the Kaledis for an intimate four-course dinner prepared by their winery chef in the comfort of their residence on the winery es-tate.  Each dish will be paired with library vintages and limited release wines from their cellar, including the estate’s crown jewel, Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon.  You will enjoy two nights of luxurious accom-modations at the boutique Archer Hotel in Napa.

As a special keepsake of this experience, take home six cellar-worthy 1.5-liter magnum bottles of 2018 Darius II, available exclusively to First Offering Members.  With an uncompromising commitment to crafting a wine with complexity, composure, and refinement, Darius II captures the diverse and exquisite beauty within each vintage and is a hallmark of the Darioush style.  Decanter magazine rated it 91 points, part of a Napa Valley Cabernet: Best Mount Veeder 2018 wines.

Fortitude and resilience best describe the 2018 vintage of Darius II.  Following the devastating 2017 wildfires, Darioush decided to forgo bottling their estate’s crown jewel for the first time ever.  Perhaps it was Mother Nature’s need for redemption that the 2018 growing season was idyllic, a textbook season, for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.  Abundant winter rains naturally invigorated the vines, and the bud-break occurred during pristine spring weather, resulting in a generous and beautifully even crop from the start.  Mild temperatures and a lack of climactic drama well into autumn enabled the slow, complete, and even maturities necessary to cultivate wines with great composure, grace, and complexi-ty.

Demonstrating extraordinary composure, energy, and depth, 2018 Darius II is teeming with dense, vi-brant flavors of cassis, black fruits, minerals, and a savory sage and wild thyme component.  The capti-vating aromatics consist of crushed blueberries, bay leaf, medium-roast coffee, and candied vio-lets.  Expressive in its youth with refined, succulent tannins, 2018 Darius II will undoubtedly reveal fur-ther detail and elegance for the patient collector over a decade or two.  The most recent offering, from the 2018 vintage, bears a label derived from London-born John Henry Dearle’s 1890s masterpiece, Ap-ple, now residing in the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The label is a work of art unto itself.

Redeemable between January 2022 and March 2022, with a mutually agreeable date between Darioush and the winning bidder.

Donor: Darioush Winery

 

LIVE LOT 21

Dinner for 20 at the home of Matt and Caty Kaye prepared by Chef Steve Leitner of Church and Charles featuring thirty-two bottles of Switchback Ridge Napa Valley wines, six each [750mL]:

  • 2017 Merlot
  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Petite Sirah
  • 2019 Semillon
  • PLUS two magnums [1.5L] 2015 Old Vine Petite Sirah for the winning bidder to enjoy now!

Take a journey in taste with the perfect recipe for a great dinner party! A unique food and wine experience awaits twelve lucky guests at the exquisite Lyons View Pike home of Matt and Caty Kaye, which overlooks the Tennessee River with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas in East Tennessee. You will indulge in the many indoor and outdoor spaces of the home including the expansive sun porch, deck overlooking the river, and guests can ride the funicular over 100 feet down to the Tennessee river. Your group will enjoy a private multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Steve Leitner that is sure to be an epicurean delight. Previously as sous chef at The Barn at Blackberry Farm and Chef de Cuisine at Emilia (with brief stints at Jardinière San Francisco, The Herb Farm Seattle), Chef Leitner is now at the helm of the highly anticipated new restaurant Church & Charles, which is set to open in the historic First Century Bank building downtown this year.

Now, the wines! Switchback Ridge produces handcrafted estate wines sourced from the Peterson Family Ranch in Calistoga focusing on three varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah. The Petersons celebrated their 100th Anniversary of owning the ranch a few years back. During Prohibition and later, it was operated as a fruit and vegetable farm. In the 1990s plum trees gave way to vines. In 1999, Kelly Peterson and her father John Peterson produced the first vintage of Switchback Ridge wines with the help of family friend, Robert Foley as winemaker. You will remember that it was Robert Foley who helped Pride Mountain develop a huge reputation for Cabernets and Merlots in the early 1990s. He remains the winemaker today. In fact, Bob also purchases about half of their grapes each year for his own wines. If the property was under a different ownership, their historical Petite Sirah old block would most likely be ripped out and planted to a varietal that fetches more money in the valley – Cabernet Sauvignon. Their old Petite Sirah block (which also includes other mixed black varietals) is now over 60 years old. Lucky for us!

Amazing wines, wonderful cuisine from Chef Leitner, and a gorgeous home for the exclusive event. The only thing missing is you! Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2022.

Donor: Matt and Caty Kaye, Switchback Ridge, Chef Steve Leitner / Church and Charles

 

 

 

LIVE LOT 22

Dinner for 12 guests at “Hilltop Farm,” the estate of Dorothy and Caesar Stair, overlooking the Tennessee River, with a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Holly Hambright and wines from Caymus Vineyards, six bottles each:

  • Mer Soleil 2018 Reserve Chardonnay, Saint Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
  • Sea Sun 2019 California Pinot Noir
  • Caymus-Suisun 2018 Grand Durif, Suisun Valley
  • Caymus Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • Emmolo Méthode Traditionnelle No. 3 Sparkling Wine, California

Dorothy and Caesar Stair, longtime supporters of the Knoxville Museum of Art, invite you to a special evening of outdoor and indoor entertaining. “Hilltop Farm” is the perfect setting, high above Lyons View Pike overlooking the Tennessee River with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas in East Tennessee.  Begin the evening on the terrace with a glass of wine and then stroll their expansive property through the English-inspired gardens designed by the legendary Ryan Gainey, weather permitting. The garden’s pergola was inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in designing Hestercombe Garden in Somerset, England, which was considered one of the finest examples of collaboration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Dinner will be served inside their lovely historic arts and crafts style home, built in 1916, also with wonderful views of the river and mountains.

Holly Hambright, one of Knoxville’s best-known and beloved chefs, will prepare and be on-site for this special four-course dinner that promises to delight. Holly’s culinary journey began here in her home town, including a stint at The Lord Lindsey early in her career. She is now at the helm of Holly’s Gourmets Market & Café and Holly’s Eventful Dining. She has cooked for presidents, governors, the Queen of Thailand, Frank Sinatra and if you are the lucky winning bidder – you! Oh!

And the wines! 36 bottles total from the Wagner Family, highlighting six of the family’s labels: Caymus, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, Sea Sun, and Bonanza (a unique, multi-vintage California-appellation Cabernet). Seriously, could this get better? Bid!

A mutually agreeable date; expires March 6, 2022.

Donor: Dorothy and Caesar Stair; Holly Hambright, Managing Partner and Chef of Holly’s Gourmet Market and Holly’s Eventful Dining; and Caymus Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 23

One week stay in Watercolor, FL in the beautiful 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom private home, lovingly named the Beach Barn.  Up to 14 guests.

The “Beach Barn” is a wonderful home within walking distance of the beach, making this an unforgettable vacation location!  This inviting 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home in Watercolor is perfectly situated along 30A. This beautiful home has high ceilings, hardwood floors and high end appliances throughout.  The peaceful living room, well-appointed dining room and fabulous kitchen are great gathering spots after a fun-filled day at the beach.

Part of the beauty of this house is its location in Watercolor Phase 1, meaning you will be steps away from the beach, Watercolor Beach Club and pool, fabulous restaurants, shops and plenty of beachside amenities.

This house has several peaceful porches, including an amazingly spacious screened in porch with an outdoor kitchen.  This porch lends itself to being the perfect spot for evening meals and fireside chats.

On the first floor, you will encounter a comfortable queen bedroom with private bathroom. Next, you will find with a king bedroom and connecting bath.

On the second floor, a bright and airy king bedroom can be found with its own connecting bathroom. Also on this floor is a bunk room with two bunks that consist of two twin beds and two full beds. This room has a connecting bathroom, which makes it great for the kids! Lastly, the primary bedroom has a king bed and that southern Watercolor feel with a master bathroom.

All bedrooms have private bathrooms and flat screen TVs. Guest amenities include access to the newly renovated Watercolor pools, and 5 complimentary bikes.

Watercolor, FL is located on the Emerald Coast and popular 30A, which is known for the most beautiful white sand beaches and emerald green waters in all of the Florida panhandle.  There are many activities to enjoy, including water skiing, boating, kayaking, fishing, biking, tennis, and golf, to name a few!

Mutually agreeable dates.  Not available during Knox County Schools Fall and Spring Breaks.  Expires March 6, 2022.

Donor: The Harper and the Bromley Families

 

LIVE LOT 24

FUND-A-CAUSE: Art Education Fund

At the heart of the KMA is its art education programs, which reached over 6,000 students last year adapting from on-site tours and off-sites visits at schools to a virtual and video platform expanding its reach into the Knoxville community.

Through the Knox Education Foundation Community Schools program, which utilizes public schools as a hub to provide resources and support to economically disadvantaged students, the KMA provided art supplies to over 450 families for Community School teachers to provide in addition to gallery tours, discussing artworks from the gallery virtually, with a hands-on activity.

One of the KMA’s most popular programs for children ages 3 and up is Summer Art Academy, which will offer 100+ scholarships in its 29th year to ensure accessibility to all in our community. Every student in the Community Schools program is offered a scholarship to attend Summer Art Academy FREE of charge.

Another highlight of the education program is the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. This annual exhibition provides 300+ students from 15 counties the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. A video tour was added to the 2020 exhibition to include many students who could not visit the museum to see the exhibition this year. Since its inception in 2005, the program has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students and awarded $7 million in scholarships.

 

LIVE LOT 25

One methuselah [5L] bottle Amuse Bouche Winery 2013 Red Blend, Napa Valley; featuring a one-of-a-kind etched and hand-painted rendering of the Knoxville Museum of Art

Amuse Bouche produces limited-production Napa Valley cult wines. The flagship wine, Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend, is a superb Pomerol-style wine produced by esteemed winemaker Heidi Barrett whose impressive portfolio includes several of California’s hottest cult wines like Screaming Eagle and Grace Family. Her style emphasizes the unique characteristics of each individual vineyard.

The 2013 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend is 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Per Robert Parker, who rated this vintage 94 points, it “has always been one of the best Merlot-based wines in Northern California.” The wine shows of espresso bean, white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and blackberry fruit; soft but structured, vibrant, juicy and full-bodied. Rated 93 by Antonio Galloni and 95 by James Suckling: “with such beautiful definition and balance, this may be the best ever from Amuse. Medium to full body, linear backbone and length, and a lovely, fresh finish.” Decant to drink now or cellar for another decade.

Collectable wine and collectable art come together to create this limited-edition bottle. The wine label features the work of impressionist artist LeRoy Neiman who was commissioned to create the watercolor that adorns this vintage. Neiman’s work is in many collections around the country including the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C., and the wine cellar of the lucky winning bidder of this lot.

But wait! On the back side of this large format bottle is a hand-etched rendering of the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is truly no other bottle like it in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to take home this unforgettable memento of L’Amour du Vin and the Knoxville Museum of Art!

Donor: Hassan and May Nadrous

 

LIVE LOT 26

Silver Oak Wine Dinner for 10 at the home of Leslie and Ken Parent featuring Chef Matt Gallaher.

Leslie and Ken Parent’s magnificent Old World style home is peacefully nestled on Rudder Lane.  Guests will enjoy a private dinner in the comforts of this house, complete with soaring cathedral ceilings exposed beams, knotty hardwood floors, which creates a perfect canvas for their contemporary art collection.

A multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher is sure to be an epicurean delight. Chef Gallaher worked in the kitchen of Blackberry Farm prior to a four-year tour of fourteen countries on four continents. All leading up to opening his first restaurant Knox Mason and second restaurant Emilia here in Knoxville.

Dinner will paired with the fine wines of Silver Oak Cellars – six bottles [750mL] each of Silver Oak 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County; and Twomey 2018 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley. Gratuity for servers not included. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Leslie and Ken Parent, Matt Gallaher/Knox Mason/Emilia/Paysan Bread, Silver Oak Vineyards and Empire Distributors

 

LIVE LOT 27

A three-night weekend stay in Highlands NC for up to eight guests in a historic Joe Webb designed cabin with rustic glamour and all modern amenities.

Highlands is a treasured vacation town, located in the southern Appalachian chain and the Nantahala National Park.  It is also situated in a natural rain forest.  Highlands is a sophisticated mountain town with great restaurants, wonderful shopping, and awesome hiking trails.  An ideal family weekend getaway spot!

On the National Historic Registry, this 2,400 sq. ft. log cabin, located in the tony mountain getaway town of Highlands, NC, was designed by local carpenter and home builder Joe Webb in the early 1900’s.  Webb’s beautiful and painstaking artistry is shown in the some three dozen cabins he built that are still standing today.  The Highlands’ Joe Webb cabins are not cookie cutter; each one is unique and a work of art.  The structure is adorned with intricate laurel and rhododendron branch work on the porch, balcony, and stairway.  The interior is as notable as the exterior because Webb made much of the furniture for the cabin including table, chairs, and bed frames crafted from local golden and silver birch.  Webb’s distinctive style and workmanship are still recognized as something rare.

The three-bedroom, two-bath cabin features a spacious living area with a beautiful fireplace and a two-story stone mantle that is open to the dining area.  The large back porch is perfect for enjoying coffee or cocktails.  It has a master bedroom on the main level with 2 double beds and a private bathroom that shares with the living area.  There are two bedrooms upstairs, each with 2 double beds that share a bathroom.  The cabin is authentic except for new stainless steel appliances and central heat.  Ceiling fans provide comfort in the summer months.

A mutually agreeable date may be determined between the home owner and winning bidder.  Available the months of April-November.  Expires April 30, 2022.

Donor: Johnnie and Bryant Creel

 

LIVE LOT 28

Ten bottles of Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley; including a six-bottle [750mL] vertical (2005-2010), and two recent vintages: three bottles [750mL] of 2017 and one magnum [1.5L] of 2018.

Leonetti Cellar was founded by Gary and Nancy Figgins in 1977 as Walla Walla, Washington’s first commercial winery. Gary’s grandparents Francesco and Rosa Leonetti first came to the Walla Walla Valley in the early 1900s, and their farm is where Gary would come to plant his first commercial vineyard in 1974 and unknowingly establish an entire industry for the valley. Building off the inspiration he gleaned from his grandfather’s bubbling fermentations on the farm’s dirt floor basement, Gary honored his family’s roots by naming the winery Leonetti Cellar. Through these experiences, Gary’s son and current owner Chris acquired a certain perspective and reverence for his family heritage that guides him to this day.

This lot includes a six-year vertical of Leonetti Cellar’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon – perfectly aged and ready to enjoy now. Rated by Robert Parker: 2005 – 94, 2006 – 95, 2007 – 94, 2008 -94, 2009 – 95, 2010 – 97+. Plus, bottles from the most recent vintages, rated by RP: 2017 – 94 , 2018 – 92. What else is there to say!? Ten bottles total – the ratings say it all!

Donor: Leonetti Cellars, Karen Mann, Simonne and Taylor Wortham

 

LIVE LOT 29

Sweet Napa Valley!  An amazing adventure for four guests that includes three night’s accommodations, four private wine tastings, one lunch with wine pairings, one dinner with wine pairings, and two magnums of wine to take home tonight.

Two lucky couples will enjoy three night’s accommodations at the Vineyard Guest House on the property of the Celani Family’s private estate and vineyards, located at the foothills of Napa’s Vaca Mountain Range.  Amenities include a pool, gas fire pit, wireless internet service, pool house with flat screen TV and a combination gas & wood fireplace, and a bocce court under the Redwood trees.  This exclusive three-bedroom guest house includes two bedrooms with ensuite baths, plus an additional bedroom that shares a bath with the common area.

Begin you stay with a private tasting of the wines of Celani Family Vineyards.  Celani’s wines are con-sistently rated in the 90’s by Robert Parker;  Mark Herold has been the winemaker since the first vin-tage.  The trip also includes private wine tastings at Amizetta Winery, Lewis Cellars, and Saint Helena Winery.

Brasswood Restaurant in St. Helena awaits you for lunch.  This farm-to-table restaurant will serve you the season’s bounty, paired with wine from Stark Advantage including Harumph boutique wines.  Scotti Stark is a big personality who has been involved in wine for over two decades, always connecting people with wine.  You are sure to enjoy the wines from his portfolio.

The successful bidder will also enjoy an exclusive wine dinner at Progeny Winery that is not available to the public.  Indulge in a complete sensory wine & food experience featuring the limited production of Progeny’s Bordeaux and Rhone style wines.  Estate chef and French Laundry veteran, John Gerber, will prepare a multi-course dinner crafted with the freshest seasonal ingredients.  Marvel at the expansive vineyard views and surrounding Mount Veeder landscape during this intimate winery setting.

Take home two magnums tonight from small-producers Lewis Cellars and Saint Helena Winery.  The Lewis Cellars 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of Napoleonic stature, compact and powerful with a winning character.    Rated 93 points by Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth.  The Saint Helena Winery 2014 ‘Sympa’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is their flagship wine.

Donor: Vicki and Tom Celani, Celani Family Vineyards, Amizetta Winery; Lewis Cellars; Progeny Winery; Saint Helena Winery, Stark Advantage Wines

 

LIVE LOT 30

Six magnums [1.5L] of highly-rated Library Wines from Ramey Wine Cellars, all separate select vineyards; three 2012 Chardonnays (Woolsey Road, Ritchie, and Hyde Vineyards) and three 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons (Napa Valley, “Annum,” and Pedre-gal Vineyard). 

David Ramey was our 2006 featured vintner and has been a dear friend of the KMA for over 15 years.  He is one of California’s best and most respected winemakers and has been producing critically acclaimed, award-winning wines since he started Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996 along with his wife Carla.  Prior to starting Ramey, David spent much of his ear-ly career working in Bordeaux and visiting Burgundy, the Loire and the Rhone Valleys, and he is deeply steeped in French winemaking tradition.

Located amidst the natural charm of Healdsburg, Ramey embodies the balance that is in the soil, climate, geography, and geology.  They’re all a part of the terroir that give each of their wines distinctive character.  Their process is a dynamic mix of experience and innovation, Old World methods and New World science.  David Ramey’s wines show his passion and they are pure California, rich in character, beautifully balanced, and always of exceptional quality.

 

The Ramey 2012 Chardonnays include one each from Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros; Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley; and Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Val-ley.  The 2012 growing season was close to ideal with temperate and steady temperatures that produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening.  There were no significant heat spikes or rains.

The 2012 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay was named White Wine of the Year in 2015 by Connoisseur’s Guild to California Wine.  It was rated 94+ points by Vinous and 91 points by Wine Spectator’s James Laube.  It is remarkably flavorful with delicate lemon and yellow stone fruit and a lingering, mouthwatering finish.  It is a Burgundian-style wine without the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays.

The 2012 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay has hints of tropical fruit that develop in the glass, and it walks the fine line between richness and delicacy.  It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel that balances power and elegance.  Rated 97 by Wine Enthusiast, 93+ points by Vineous, and 92 points by James Laube.

The 2012 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay is creamy and voluptuous to the core and boasts superb overall balance and tons of complexity.  Rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, 94 points by Vinous, and 93 points by Wine Advocate.

The 2010 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignons include one each from Napa Valley; Annum, Napa Valley, and the distinguished Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley.

The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness of another great Napa Valley Vintage.  Rated 94 points by the International Wine Report and 93 points by Antonio Gal-loni/Vinous.

The 2010 Annum, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a regional blend of grapes from a range of vineyards to make the best blend possible, and this vintage is plush, round, and inviting, with a balance of sweet, layered fruit and the structure is dazzling.  Rated 96 points by Vinous and 95 points by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate.

The 2010 Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the Big Daddy in this lot.  According to Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, “As usual, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a fabulous effort…the 2010 boasts beautiful notes of fruitcake, espresso roast, chocolate, and black currants in its complex, full-bodied, concentrated, multi-dimensional personality”.  Rated 96+ points by Antonio Galloni/Wine Advocate and 93 points by the In-ternational Wine Cellar.

Donor: Ramey Wine Cellars

The State of Tennessee prohibits the Knoxville Museum of Art from shipping or delivering wine. All purchases must be picked up from the Knoxville Museum of Art within 7 days of March 6, 2021 or the lot will be forfeited. Pick up times will be provided to all winning bidders upon receipt or can be scheduled in advance by contacting the Dir. of Fundraising Events.