Saturday saw yet another record-setting year at Premiere Napa Valley, for both the auction overall, and for our own Amici lot. The highly anticipated auction, which brings hundreds of wine industry trade visitors to the Napa Valley every February, brought in $6 million in a fun afternoon of excitement and heated bidding. Amici’s offering, a 5-case lot from a single barrel of 2013 Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, went for a healthy sum of $32,000, which amounts to more than $533 per bottle (the auction’s average price per bottle was $286). The Missouri Hopper Vineyard on the Oakville Bench is one of Napa’s oldest vineyards and consistently produces premium, world-class Cabernet. Tasters of Amici’s lot Saturday were wowed by a stunning, age-worthy wine that showed rich and complex layers of dark cherry, cassis and mocha.
There was much excitement Saturday about the quality of the 2013 vintage as visitors spent the morning sampling the auction wines in the barrel room at the Greystone Culinary Institute of America. Some tasters extolled the 2013s as “even better than 2012,” a vintage which is already widely regarded as extraordinary.
At the end of the day, vintners and attendees alike went home happy. Vintners were thrilled with the generosity of the bidders, whose funds raised will go to support the important work of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and many of those bidders have some incredible one-of-a-kind lots of wine coming their way.