The 2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction was held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach.
2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction Lots
ANTICA – THE VISION
It’s hard not to be enchanted by California. The state’s beauty and natural resources have beckoned people from the far reaches of the world for years. So it’s fitting that after Piero Antinori’s first visit to Napa Valley in 1966, he couldn’t get The Golden State out of his mind.
It took 20 years, but when he returned to California in the mid-1980s, Piero Antinori was a man with a plan. The Antinori family purchased shares in a venture along with England’s Whitbread and France’s Champagne Bollinger to develop a 1,200 acre Napa Valley wine estate on a high plain in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. The hilly terrain was considered to be above all an ideal wine growing country, but while some may have scratched their heads and asked, “Why here?” Marchese Antinori knew that the property’s location—with its rocky soil, high elevation, and drop-dead gorgeous landscape—had great potential for growing quality wine grapes.
“More statuesque and compelling is the 2008 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon Townsend Vineyard. Initially restrained, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of forest floor, blackberries and cassis along with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and attractive elegance and purity. Multilayered with sweet tannin, it should age nicely for 15+ years.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
• Twelve 750 ml bottles of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
• Two Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
• Two Double Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Winning Bid: $2,800
ANCESTRY & ARTISTRY
THE ANTINORI FAMILY’S ICONIC WINES
The Antinori Family has been making wine for over 625 years. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Piero Antinori is President of the company, assisted by his three daughters – Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. The commitment to tradition, passion and innovation has made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines.
Cervaro della Sala
The wine’s name translates as “Stag of the Hall.” Cervaro is a blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto grapes and is noteworthy for its fruit intensity, profound minerality and excellent aging potential.
Solaia celebrates Chianti Classico’s ability to express Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc grapes. Marchesi Antinori first produced this wine with the 1978 vintage. Solaia is produced only in exceptional years.
The original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety (Cabernet Sauvignon) in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. Tignanello is only made in the best vintage years.
Guado al Tasso
First produced in 1990, Guado al Tasso expresses all the strength and softness of the Maremma region, with subtle balsamic aromas that lead to powerful, yet well-balanced and stylish flavors.
Includes 3 bottles each of the following wines:
• Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro Umbria IGT, 2010
• Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, 2008
• Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, 2008
• Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore DOC, 2008
Winning Bid: $3,200
THE MANDES MANDATE I
When PBWA Chairman Ted Mandes talks, you should listen. For years now, he’s been advising that one of the greatest undiscovered treasures in the wine world is Ed and Trish Snider’s Beau Vigne. Well, let’s say the cat’s out of the bag and, unless you were hatched on another planet, you now know all about these fantastic wines. In fact, when none other than Robert Parker tasted them, he was just oored. This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention. They all come from a small nine-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap appellation.”
“The 2010 offering of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is racy, ripe, vibrant and enormously enjoyable. It is not an overly complicated wine but a wine that treats its owner like royalty. The fruit, flavor, structure and texture are in perfect harmony. There are elegant frontal aromas of light ripe plum and dried currant. Further along the nuances become more savory with pomegranate, black currant, tobacco, clove and subtleties of cinnamon. The savory continues on the mouth with a swirl of crisp red berry fruit that is not overly done but just perfect. The palate sensation crescendos to a powerful and complex mélange of cherry, raspberry, minerality, espresso bean, vanilla, and spices. The force of flavor in this Reserve plateaus and carries back on sturdy shoulders of tannin, acid and French oak influence that tapers off with a delicious finish. This is not a rugged but well built wine that drinks like a first growth Bordeaux. If aged correctly I think this Cabernet will survive to 2030 and beyond.” Kirk Venge, Beau Vigne
Includes one specially boxed Magnum of:
• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee
Winning Bid: $1,000
MANDES MANDATE II
BIGGER IS EVEN BETTER
This is the only six liter ever made of this vintage.
• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Annie and Roger Warwick
Winning Bid: $2,500
DINNER FOR 8 AT BEVAN CELLARS
IN NAPA VALLEY
Russell Bevan is becoming one of the most dynamic winemakers in all of California and has been given plaudits by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. His wines consistently rate in the high 90s. This will be a great opportunity to taste these very special wines.
“Our approach to winemaking has remained constant since our first vintage. We inspect every grape after it has been removed from the stem. We discard every one that doesn’t meet our standards; typically sacrificing six to eight percent of our fruit during this process. From that stage on, every wine is crafted to maximize balance and textures. Each of our vineyards imparts their fruit with such pure flavors that we strive to bring all of the components into harmony.
All of our wines are aged in new French barrels, including Remond, François Frères and Gamba for our Syrahs and Darnajou and Taransaud for Cabernet Sauvignon. We evaluate each barrel of wine biweekly, allowing the wines to dictate to us how they are treated in terms of racking, barrel stirring, sulfur additions and bottling.”
• Dinner for 8 at the home of Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo
• Private tour and tasting at Bevan Cellars
Cindy and Ted Mandes
Winning Bid: $2,100
A RARE METHUSELAH OF
THE GREAT 100 PT. 2003 LE PAVILLON
Not only is this wine one of the great wines made in the first decade of the 21st century, but it is an exceedingly rare Methuselah. Only a handful of this format was made in this vintage. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a simply amazing opportunity to own a true collectible, one that will increase in value exponentially in the years to come.
“A legend of the future is the 2003 Ermitage Le Pavillon (659 cases).The equal of such stupendous examples as 1990 and 1989, the 2003 is incredibly rich as well as awesomely well-delineated and fresh. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by a subtle but impressively intense nose of barbecue smoke, crème de cassis, blueberries, blackberries, and white flowers. The wine cascades over the palate (15.8% natural alcohol) with extraordinary richness, intensity, and silkiness. This seamlessly constructed Hermitage is, analytically, high in tannin, but extremely low in acidity, with a freaky accessibility (a vintage character). Prodigiously concentrated and high in extract, it should last for a half century or longer. It will be fascinating to follow over the next several decades.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes one Methuselah of:
• Chapoutier Le Pavillon, 2003
Madeline and Roderic Fink
Winning Bid: $4,350
BEAUTY AND BRAINS
You’ve seen her picture and you’ve read about both her and her wines in every wine publication you can imagine. She’s talented, smart, and she’s as beautiful as her wines. We’re talking about Ann Colgin, of course.
Ann’s wines are reference points for just what heights mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in Napa Valley. Ann is assisted by David Abreu, the well-known Bordeaux wine consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, and Allison Tauziet, who has skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert.
“There are 475 cases of the 2007 IX Syrah Estate, which offers up flowery, roasted meat, balsamic, tar, and blackberry characteristics in a full-bodied format. The wine reveals sweet tannin, and layers of fruit, including a note of lavender that emerges as the wine sits in the glass. It should drink well for a decade.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes a five .750 L bottle vertical of
• Colgin “IX Estate” Napa Valley Syrah, 2003-2007
Winning Bid: $2,200
AN ASSORTED CASE OF COLGIN
“Although the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is the most developed, it remains a youthful adolescent with exceptional intensity. Notes of tapenade, bay leaf, crème de cassis, charcoal and hints of truffles as well as new saddle leather emerge from this opaque purple-hued 2001. The gorgeous perfume is followed by rich, concentrated, full-bodied flavors, sweet tannin and beautiful intensity, purity and balance. It can be drunk now (although 4-5 more years of cellaring will prove beneficial) and over the next 25 years.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“The 2004 IX Proprietary Red Wine (1,258 cases from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) is amazing out of bottle. Flamboyant, super-fragrant aromas of graphite, crème de cassis, espresso roast, flowers, and the entire black and blue fruit spectrum jump from the glass of this gorgeous wine. In the mouth, silky tannin and a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like mouth feel are offered without heaviness or coarseness. This totally profound wine exhibits what a great site, extraordinary winemaking, and a commitment to excellence can produce. It should drink well for two decades.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes six .750 L bottles of:
• Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001
• Colgin “IX Estate,” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004
Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb
Winning Bid: $5,500
RARE JEROBOAMS FROM DOMAINE PONSOT
“Roasted red meats, dark cherry and purple plum tinged with black pepper, black tea, and soy characterize Ponsot’s 2007 Clos Vougeot, which combines rich ripeness, expansiveness, and textural polish with an invigoratingly bright fruit skin edge and saliva-inducing, saline savor. While the fine tannins here are impeccably tucked-in, it is one instance where the roughly 14% alcohol achieved in Ponsot’s crus from 2007 is felt as slight finishing heat. But that is a minor deterrent to the appreciation of a singularly fine achievement for its vintage and a testimony to the stature of the best sites in this enormous as well as famous grand cru, and one that should stand for two decades.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“This is one of the two barrels we still have left that was crafted from an oak tree grown in the village of Morey-St.-Denis in 1954,” says Ponsot as I taste his 2008 Clos Vougeot from it. Neither it nor the (at least slightly!) younger barrels here interfere with this wine’s strong flow of juicy plum and blackberry along with soy-like, saline savor. Hints of game, along with roasted red meat richness typical for its appellation well up as this opens to the air. Fine-grained tannins offer a reassuring sense of support structure and this finishes with impressive persistence.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of:
• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2007
• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2008
• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2009
Chris N. Kritikos
Winning Bid: $4,600
2010 DOMAINE PHILIPPE SENARD
Cortons are coming back into fashion. For too many years this very large appellation has suered from the conception that since one has to wait a lifetime of cellaring to drink the red Cortons they were not collectible. It is true that mature Corton is a wine of splendor and very worth the wait but there is enough easy and early drinking wine in the world. The Senard Domaine is now in the hands of Lorraine, Philippe’s daughter, and she is determined to bring the Domaine into the top rank of Corton producers.
“The 2010 Clos du Roi is breathtakingly good.”
“The 2010 Corton Bressandes is rich, persistent and impressively complex.”
“The 2010 Corton Clos de Meix offers excellent richness.”
“The 2010 Corton Blanc is impressively rich, concentrated and broad-shouldered.”
All of the above are quotes from Allen Meadows, Burghound
Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of 2010 Domaine Philippe Senard:
• Corton Clos du Roi
• Cotton Bressandes
• Corton Clos de Meix
• Corton Paulands
• Corton Blanc
Sharyn and Stuart Frankel
Winning Bid: $2,600
A FULL CASE OF 2006 KOSTA BROWNE
RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR
“Flavorful, intense wines – that is our goal. We believe every wine should be bursting with flavor. This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own sweet spot of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential.
Our single vineyard wines are blended to express the specific qualities and consistencies of our pedigreed vineyards. Pinot Noir is the perfect palate to define the terroir of these plantings.
We offer two appellation wines: our Sonoma Coast and Russian River. These wines are blended to represent the best of our vineyards in each specific appellation. Quality is of utmost importance with these blends.” Don Kosta
Includes twelve 750 ml bottles of:
• Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir, 2006
Craig and Rochelle Menin/ Menin Development, Inc.
Winning Bid: $3,600
A TRANQUIL STAY IN BEAUTIFUL CHAMPAGNE
In the heart of the Champagne region, only a short step from the center of the Coronation City of Reims, the “Assiette Champenoise” welcomes you in a unique setting that combines all the timeless charm of a fine old mansion with the contemporary design of an exceptional hotel and restaurant.
L’Assiette Champenoise, also known as Château de la Muire, is a family run hotel in Tinqueux, a suburb of Reims, located just over a mile away from the city center. It is a modestly priced 4 star hotel and o?ers a range of excellent facilities for guests. In particular, its restaurant is one of the best in North East France and boasts 2 Michelin stars. The chef is the renowned Arnaud Lallement. Recently refurbished in an art-deco style, the hotel’s ambiance oozes luxury and immaculate class.
The hotel sits in a suburban location, just a few minutes’ drive from the Centre of Reims. If you are seeking a more peaceful getaway, this 19th Century, half-timbered house, set in 4 acres of parkland is an ideal tranquil setting.
It offers all of the facilities you would expect from this grade of accommodation. An indoor swimming pool and sauna complement the relaxing atmosphere. The newly refurbished bar is delightful, with an impressive wine list notable for its range and quality and including Krug by the glass. The bar leads out onto a quaint terrace overlooking the grounds.
L’Assiette Champenoise is truly one of the great country estate hotels in all of France.
• One night stay for two in a new suite at the L’Assiette Champenoise
• A gastronomic dinner for two persons with wine pairings
L’Assiette Champenoise, Arnaud Lallement
Winning Bid: $3,000
THE LOUIS XIII EXPERIENCE FOR EIGHT
Louis XIII has assembled this unique opportunity to experience the King of Spirit at your home (South FL area) with 8 guests. The evening will start with a Charles Heidsieck Champagne reception served with hors d’oeuvres and then culminate with a Louis XIII Moment guided by the Louis XIII Brand Ambassador, Mathieu Levy. Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie, aged from 40 to 100 years. Since its first release in 1874, it has been the cognac of elite and dignitaries like Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
• Louis XIII Tasting Experience for 8 in the privacy of your home
• Charles Heidsieck Champagne Reception
• Hors d’oeuvres
• 1 oz serving of Louis XIII for each guest
Louis XIII de Rémy Martin
• Four Chef’s Tasting Menus with Wine Accompaniment
Per Se Restaurant
Winning Bid: $6,200
THE LOUIS XIII CONNOISSEUR’S JOURNEY
Here’s an absolutely fantastic interactive visit for two at Remy Martin in the heart of Cognac, France.
“A great experience for any Cognac (or wine) lover that began with a private tour of the cellars of Remy Martin, a lesson in distillation, then a tasting of the selection of Remy Martin Cognacs paired with bites from their in-house chef. The visit continued with a barrel tasting of Louis XIII with Deputy Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau. After the tour they opened the Remy shop for us so that we could buy hard to find cognacs that aren’t available in the US. The highlight was the candlelit dinner in the private distillery next to the owner of Remy Martin’s chateau prepared by the chef just for us, accompanied by fantastic wines from the cellar and capped off with what else…Louis XIII.” Jill Sloane, past recipient of this lot
• Discovery of our vineyards in the Grand Champagne, “Champetre”
• The wine making and the distillation in the heart of our distillery in
Touzac accompanied by the master distiller. Olfactive discovery of young
eaux-de-vie. “Traditional” lunch in our distillery’s dining room
• Visit of the Merpins Estate, production site of Remy Martin cognac at
different stages of aging at the House of Remy Martin in Cognac
• Private access to our “Reference Room” which shelters a part of our Louis
XIII cognac heritage.
• Tasting of Louis XIII in private lounge. Formal service including designs
by Christophe Pullet.
• Departure to Saint-Même-les-Carrières in the Grand Champagne,
discovery of the family property “Le Grollet,” cradle of Louis XIII cognac
• Visit to Louis XIII cellar.
Louis XIII de Rémy Martin
Winning Bid: $1,700
LOUIS XIII REMY MARTIN
GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC
It took thousands to crown Louis XIII King of France. More than four centuries later, a single bottle of the cognac that bears his name still requires nearly 10,000 individuals to produce.
“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it’s a moment.” A moment of pleasure fit for a king. Each hand-crafted Baccarat crystal decanter of Louis XIII contains a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old and requiring the combined expertise of three generations of Cellar Masters. A solid gold collar and signature fleur-de-lys crystal stopper adorn every decanter. Its Baroque-style glass and design recall the grandeur of the Baroque era of King Louis XIII, while its noble taste pleases palates the world over today.
Includes one 750 ml bottle of:
• Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac
Jane M. Mitchell
Winning Bid: $2,000
A MAGNIFICENT ROLEX WATCH
The Rolex Yacht-Master II 44 mm in steel and 18 ct yellow gold. Featuring a 18 ct yellow gold bezel with a blue cerachrom insert in ceramic. A self-winding movement with a programmable regatta countdown and mechanical memory, officially certified Swiss chronometer. A white and yellow gold dial complete with an oyster bracelet and safety clasp with easylink comfort extension link.
Winning Bid: $27,000
A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE FOR FOUR
AT RUDD VINEYARDS
In 1996 when food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, he realized a 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley. Today, the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate’s Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Leslie Rudd, we are proud to offer two couples a VIP experience to remember for a lifetime.
• Three nights stay for two couples (2 double rooms) in Napa Valley
• Private tour and tasting with the winemaker at Rudd Winery
• VIP winemaker dinner at Press Restaurant with wines selected by Leslie Rudd
• Private tour, tasting and lunch at Edge Hill winery in St. Helena
• Large format bottle
Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery
Winning Bid: $5,800
A DOUBLE MAGNUM OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED
“Ever since Leslie Rudd acquired this estate, formerly known as Girard, at the corner of the Silverado Trail and the Oakville Crossroads, he has been hell-bent to build it into not only one of the finest in Napa Valley, but in the world. This has involved a number of bold moves, including installing super-star David Abreu as vineyard manager, bringing in Pat Sullivan as the winemaker, and hiring Bordeaux’s globe-trotting consultant, Michel Rolland. The current portfolio is Rudd’s strongest to date. The Bordeaux varietal offerings come from one of Napa Valley’s classic sectors, which many people believe is the sweet spot for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the Oakville Corridor. Rudd’s neighbors include such renowned estates as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle and Plumpjack.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) of:
• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008
Stacey and Mark Levy
Winning Bid: $2,200
AN EVEN BIGGER BOTTLE OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED
Now we’re getting into big boy territory. This is an amazing Imperial of the great 2008 Rudd Estate Red. Wine from California just doesn’t get any better than this or any bigger … well on second thought, take a look at the next lot.
Includes one Imperial (6 L) of:
• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008
Barbara and Jerome Golden
Winning Bid: $2,800
THIS IS IT!
A UNIQUE 9 LITER BOTTLE OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED
“The finest Rudd Estate Proprietary Red Rudd has yet made is the 2008. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and 14% Malbec, it offers up aromas of blue and black fruits, charcoal, white chocolate and flowers. The soaring aromatics are followed by a wine with fabulous concentration, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, a brilliant texture, a fabulous personality and loads of complexity as well as full-bodied richness. This potentially legendary proprietary red already possesses remarkably sweet tannin. It will be drinkable early (because of its density, ripeness and velvety texture), but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!”
Honestly, there are wine connoisseurs who would bob for French fries to get their hands on this bottle. And we’re not kidding.
Includes one Salmanazar (9 L) of:
• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Winning Bid: $4,000
“The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has the potential to be a perfect wine in 5 to 6 years. Although it has shut down since I tasted it last year, it is unquestionably Shafer’s finest Hillside Select since the 2001 and 2002. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should keep for 35+ years. This selection is made from the Eisele clone of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in a choice 50-acre parcel. It takes concentration, graciousness and complexity to its highest level in Napa Valley. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, charcoal and subtle toast. The wine possesses fabulous concentration, a seamless/flawless personality, a textbook integration of alcohol, wood, tannin and acidity, an almost endless finish and a voluptuous texture. Exhibiting more tannin and structure than it did last year, this is a colossal wine that will still be going strong in 2050.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Includes a six Magnum vertical of:
• Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003-2008
Winning Bid: $8,000
TOUR FOR 4 IN BURGUNDY WITH ALEX GAMBAL
Alex Gambal, one of the few Americans making wine in Burgundy, will greet you at his historic winery in the heart of Beaune. He will give you and three of your guests a tour of his cuverie and an explanation of the wine making process. You will then taste his wines developing in the barrel as well as the finished product from the bottle. You will also receive a tour of Alex’s vineyards in his vintage WWII Jeep to see the Côte de Beaune and the unique ‘terroir’ distinctions between Village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru. Lunch will be at Beaune’s famed ‘Ma Cuisine’ where the loving cuisine and fabulous cellar of Fabienne and Pierre Escoffier will be paired.
Mutually agreeable time and date of tours/tasting/lunch to be determined between recipient and donor.
Winning Bid: $1,500
A GREAT COLLECTION FROM
A GREAT BASEBALL CELEBRITY
Here’s a wonderful collection of wines from one of the baseball’s most beloved celebrities, none other than Le Grand Orange himself, Rusty Staub. Just like Rusty, these bottles are larger than life. Très, très grand!
• Two Magnums of Morey-Blanc Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières, 2006
• One Magnum of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2006
• One Magnum of Camille Giroud Puligny-Montrachet 1 er Cru Champ
• One Magnum of Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1 er Cru Les
• One Magnum of Jean-Noël Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1 er Cru
Blonchot Dessus, 2002
The Rusty Staub Foundation
Winning Bid: $6,500
Bond is the newest project of Bill Harlan and his wine making team, Bob Levy and Michel Rolland. A great introduction to Bond’s style is Matriarch, a beautifully made wine with wonderfully sweet notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black cherries, and cassis, made in an opulent textural style with impressive concentration, low acidity, and silky tannins. It possesses ripe and super lush layers of seductive black cherry, blackberry, plum and spice, with a smooth texture and ripe, mouth coating tannins accented by a hint of melted chocolate.
This is really sexy juice folks and the name is Bond … just Bond.
Includes 750 ml:
• Bond Melbury, Napa Valley, 2003 – 3 bottles
• Bond Pluribus, Napa Valley, 2003 – 2 bottles
• Bond St. Eden, Napa Valley, 2003 – 3 bottles
• Bond Vecina, Napa Valley, 2003 – 3 bottles
The Rusty Staub Foundation
Winning Bid: $3,800
WHEN LESS ISN’T MORE
Sure, famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the phrase “Less is more” to describe his belief that minimalism is the key to true aesthetics in building design. But this is great wine we’re talking here and, when it comes to an instant cellar like this one in beautiful bottles, less definitely isn’t more. More is more … and that’s that!
Just take a peek at these reviews from Robert Parker to give you just a sample of what we’re talking about here:
“This profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively, the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge, mind-blowing bouquet of pure black-raspberry and curranty fruit, minerals, licorice, and violets. A wine of legendary proportions, it is fabulously concentrated, rich, and superbly well-balanced. Still possessing copious quantities of tannin, it can be drunk now, but it promises to evolve for at least two more decades.”
“The 1985 Dominus stands out for its smoky, ripe cassis, earthy nose, sweet, full-bodied,
concentrated flavors, and opulently long, chewy finish. It was the most forward,
precocious example of this wine I have yet tasted.”
“With respect to older vintages, in October I tasted three of Mondavi’s more renowned Cabernet Sauvignons. The 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has consistently been a 90 point wine. It remains a beautiful Cabernet, displaying cedar, tobacco, and black currant fruit.”
Includes one 750 ml bottle each of:
• Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 1975
• Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley, 1976
• Dominus Estate Napa Valley, 1985
• Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 1985
• Flora Springs Trilogy, Napa Valley, 1986
• Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1982
• Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, 1981
• Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1984
• Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1986
• Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1978
• Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1978
• Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1983
Winning Bid: $3,000
A FABULOUS SONOMA VALLEY VACATION
Located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley Wine Country four blocks from historic Sonoma Plaza, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa is a luxurious 64-room hotel and spa set in the midst of wineries, fine dining, shops, and unique galleries. Just a short 15-minute drive from the Napa Valley and forty-five minutes from San Francisco, the Inn is convenient to both Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wineries.
Originally a prestigious 300 hundred-acre vineyard and working ranch with prized trotters, this lush 19th century estate has been transformed into a luxurious inn and spa, receiving rave reviews and guest comments. Each of the Inn’s 64 rooms and suites is individually appointed with designer furnishings and amenities. All the suites offer fireplaces, king-sized beds, original art, hydrotherapy tubs or rain showers, wet bars, flat-panel televisions, and DVD players with six-speaker surround sound. There is complimentary parking and Wi-Fi.
MacArthur Place is set among seven acres of spectacular gardens filled with original sculpture. Flagstone walkways lead guests past hedgerows, fountains and benches to a heated pool and whirlpool. The Garden Spa at MacArthur Place offers over 40 di?erent massage, facial and body treatments utilizing the flowers, herbs and plants found in the garden.
Dining is a special experience at MacArthur Place. Located in the beautifully restored historic barn on the estate, Saddles is consistently named (the wine country’s) California’s best steakhouse.
• Two nights in a luxury suite at MacArthur Place
• Each day includes wine and cheese in the evening(s) and a grand continental
• Two spa treatments at The Garden Spa on property.
• Complimentary wine tastings at local wineries.
• Gift certificate toward dinner for two at Café la Haye
• Private dinner or lunch at the art filled, hilltop home of Suzanne Brangham and
Jack Lundgren, 5 minutes from the hotel with amazing views of San Francisco.
Please note: Advance reservations required. Some restrictions may apply.
MacArthur Place Inn & Spa
Winning Bid: $3,200
THE BEST OF MONTREAL
Journey north for a taste of Europe as you head off for a three-night stay in the heart of Montreal. You will be treated to five-star service at the Omni. You will experience hospitality at its finest with the concierge who is available to satisfy your every whim.
Two wonderful dinners await you. One dinner will be at Primo e Secondo in Montreal’s Little Italy in an intimate and friendly family-owned spot – a cozy place with excellent cuisine and an attentive staff to insure that each course is complimented with their exquisite wine selections. The icing on the cake of your stay will be the magnifficent – we promise you will never experience a dinner quite like this – 11-course dinner with wine pairings at the elegant Europea restaurant. Renowned chef Jerome Ferrer is both inventive and dedicated to culinary excellence! You will leave there full from the amazing dinner but also filled with memories of a dinner where the dining is in the detail – where creative presentation meets a palate extravaganza.
Take advantage of Montreal’s sights, sounds and the very European feel of it all by hiking the Parc du Mont Royal or hopping on one of the many bicycles for rent and ride into Old Montreal to see the Notre Dame Basilica. Many surprises await you north of the border.
• Three night stay for two couples in two deluxe rooms at the Omni
• Bu?et breakfast at Le Petit Opus Cafe of the Omni Mont-Royal
• Dinner for four at Primo e Secondo
• Evening at Europea Restaurant for four including cocktails, small
appetizers and tasting menu with wine pairings
• Château D’Esclans Rosé, 2011 – 3 L
Lewis M. Schott
Winning Bid: $4,600
THE UNDISCOVERED WINE COUNTRY
Experience the pastoral tranquility of Oregon wine country from our luxurious Winery Hill House retreat. This fabulously appointed “home away from home” is the perfect place to start your adventures and the ideal sanctuary at the end of a memorable day among the vines. Situated high atop the Dundee Hills, Oregon’s premiere wine growing region, you will immerse yourself in all that we have to offer, pamper yourself with the very best of this undiscovered wine country, and enjoy life … the Oregon way.
• Two night stay for two couples at the private hideaway on the grounds of
the prestigious Domaine Serene Winery
• A bottle each of the award winning Domaine Serene Chardonnay
and Pinot Noir upon arrival
• A VIP tour of the landmark five-level gravity flow winery
– Expires January 25, 2014
Winning Bid: $2,800
TWO GREAT NAPA VALLEY EXPERIENCES
A VISIT TO PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named “Summit Ranch.” The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions.
• One Double Magnum of Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
• Tour and Tasting for Four
Pride Mountain Vineyards
A VISIT TO ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS
Visit the caves of Robert Sinskey Vineyard where you will learn about the subtleties of winemaking and the sweat and toil that go into the winegrowing of RSV wines. You will finish the tour with a plate of food prepared by the Vineyard Kitchen and taste through a flight of Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s finest wines.
• One Magnum of Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red, 2007
• One Magnum of Robert Sinskey “SLD,” Stags Leap District Cabernet, 2007
• Cave Tour and Tasting for Four
– Tour requires a reservation
– Certificate is non-transferable and expires January 2014
Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Winning Bid: $1,200
TUSCAN ROMANCE V.I.P. VISIT
AND STAY FOR TWO AT CASTELLO BANFI
Castello Banfi is a rarity among Italian wine estates, not just because of its size (some 7,100 acres, of which around 2,400 are planted with vines), its composition of single vineyards, or its state-of-the-art winery, but because it was started from scratch less than 20 years ago. A medieval castle towering above mountainous forests and lush, rolling vineyards expresses the speechless poetry of Montalcino, and endows Castello Banfi’s wines with more than a millennium of history and romance. For countless thousands of visitors the castle offers a museum of wine and glass dedicated to Banfi’s founder, Giovanni F. Mariani. Central to the property is the medieval castle meticulously restored as a hospitality center, hosting visitors at the Taverna Banfi for lunches and dinners of traditional local dishes, and its enoteca-cum-wine bar serving tasting plates of artisan regional breads, cheeses and salumi to pair with a selection of estate wines by the glass. For those wishing to linger and be nurtured by our Tuscan hospitality, a limited number of luxury rooms and suites are available at Castello Banfi – Il Borgo, a hillside hamlet nestled alongside the castle keep.
• Tasting at Castello Banfi – L’Enoteca
• Private Tour of the Castello Banfi Winery, Glass Museum and
• Five-Course Wine Pairing Dinner for two at Castello Banfi – La Taverna
• Two Nights Stay for one couple at Castello Banfi – Il Borgo
– Airfare and ground transportation are not included
– Dates and venues subject to availability
– Blackout dates include November 2013 – March 2014
– Visit must take place by November 1, 2014
Winning Bid: $3,200
BE OUR GUEST
Beau Vigne, a small boutique operation (nine acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) run by Ed and Trish Snider, sits on a knoll in the Stags Leap viticultural area. Their most limited production cuvée (less than 100 cases), the Guest Cottage Cabernet with notes of graphite, black currants, sweet cherries, mocha, spicy wood, and a hint of earth is simply a terrific Cabernet by any standard.
Includes three 750 ml bottles of:
• Beau Vigne Guest Cottage
Ed and Trish Snider
Winning Bid: $950
A STUNNING TANZANITE RING FROM TIFFANY & CO.
There is no store in the world with the panache of Tiffany & Co. Period. In fact, there aren’t any even close. The name Tiffany must surely be one of the most recognizable in the world. It is synonymous with the very highest quality and the utmost in class and prestige. When you’re walking down Worth Avenue after shopping at Tiffany’s, that unmistakable turquoise blue bag can be spotted from anywhere. No small wonder then that it seems to even make you walk just a little taller and with an enviable air of confidence. Yes, you’ve arrived. All of your hard work in life has paid off. You’re a success. You bought the best you could buy. You shopped at Tiffany’s.
Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Tiffany & Co. we proudly present the rare beauty of a Tiffany Tanzanite ring.
The gemstones that Tiffany introduced to the world are the keepers of an illustrious heritage over 175 years in the making. They are imbued with the spirit of adventure that sent gemologists searching for treasure on every continent. Discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, East Africa, tanzanite was the first transparent blue gemstone discovered in hundreds of years. Tiffany named the stone after its country of origin and introduced it in 1968. The stone’s celebrated blue-violet color gleams in a ring with a round tanzanite of 2.84 carats and a double border of diamonds in platinum.
Tiffany & Co.
Winning Bid: $8,000
1937 CHÂTEAU D’YQUEM
An old bottle of Château d’Yquem from the 1937 vintage. A Premier Cru Supérieur dessert wine from the Sauternes region of France, Château d’Yquem was the only Sauternes given this rating, indicating its perceived superiority and higher prices over all other wines of its type.
• One 750 ml bottle of 1937 Château d’Yquem*
* No label, but vintage clearly visible on cork and capsule. Very dark color.
Mid to high shoulder level.
Winning Bid: $1,100
JEFF BATEMAN COLLECTION
We offer this lot in honor of our great friend and supporter, Jeff Bateman, whose untimely passing affected us all so deeply. Jeff loved California wines and these represent some of his very favorites.
Jeff, you will always be fondly remembered and sorely missed.
• One 750 ml bottle each of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 Beau Vigne
in a special wood box
• One 750 ml bottle of 1976 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
• One 750 ml bottle of X Abacus
Winning Bid: $2,200
Once, just once in your life, wouldn’t you love to put a quarter into one of those slot machines in Las Vegas and see all three of the spinning dials land on gold bars? The lights go crazy, the bells go off and the sound of “ka-ching” seems to go on forever until the house cashier arrives to give you enough chips to open your own casino. Did your mind just wander a bit, even if for only an instant? Maybe it’s because you feel so great. After all, you’re at Mar-a-Lago dressed to the nines, eating and drinking in style and you were looking ahead to the next auction item only to see … JACKPOT. Well, pinch yourself and get your paddle ready because this may be your chance to hit it big, the party lot of all party lots. So, forget Las Vegas. You’re in Palm Beach now and it’s time to get your hands on some serious, Worth Avenue, blue blood bling.
Includes one 750 ml bottle each of:
• 1989 Château Cos d’Estournel
• 1996 Château Léoville Las Cases
• 1985 Château Lynch Bages
• 1989 Château Haut Marbuzet
• 1995 Château Lafon Rochet
• 1994 Château Clinet
• 1994 Château L’Evangile
• 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild
• 1989 Château Margaux
• 1996 Château Pichon Longueville
• 1989 Château Tourelles de Longueville
• 1995 Château Troplong Mondot
Winning Bid: $7,000
KRUG GRAND CUVEE
Established in 1843 in Reims, France, The House of Krug illustrates the amazing adventure of a visionary founder, Joseph Krug. He was a determined man with an uncompromising philosophy, who wanted to offer his clients the ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne every year, regardless of the annual changes in climate and this is realized in Krug Grande Cuvée and Rosé. Since then, six generations of the Krug family have overseen all aspects of the unique Krug winemaking process. Continuously, for 170 years, the House of Krug has produced only Prestige Cuvées that are all different, while all being of equal, undisputed quality and distinction. Each Cuvee conveys a particular interpretation of excellence, offering an inimitable experience the moment it is tasted, overwhelming the senses with exceptional pleasure.
Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance – something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.
Enjoy this exceptional bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee champagne in a most unusual and rare 3L, jeroboam format, ideal for intimate gatherings with your nearest and dearest.
• Jeroboam of Krug Grand Cuvee
Winning Bid: $3,000
Visit for four with visit to Clos du Mesnil
Winning Bid: $3,500
DINNER OF THE CENTURY
The “Dinner of the Century” will feature a spectacular line up of rare Krug Clos de Mesnil. The dinner will take place in the winner’s home and be cooked by guest private chef, Michael Troise.
Winning Bid: $100,000