Another Record for Premiere Napa Valley


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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.


Amici’s Premiere Auction Lot Fetches a Record Price


The bidding was hot at Premiere Napa Valley 2014 (photo by Bob McClenahan)

There were smiles all around yesterday as Amici’s 5-case Premiere Napa Valley Auction lot went for $28,000 after heated bidding.  The lot, 60 bottles of a limited production from a small block on Spring Mountain, was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 2012, one of the best vintages in Napa Valley history.

It was yet another Napa Valley auction for the record books.  Hundreds of the wine industry’s biggest buyers gather each February for Premiere Napa Valley, a trade event which culminates with a Saturday afternoon auction of one-of-a-kind lots, and the wine is often destined for high-end retail wine shops or restaurants.  Almost all of the barrels at the Saturday morning barrel tasting before the auction were from the stellar but yet-to-be-released 2012 vintage, and clearly the wine experts in the room were excited about the opportunity to get their hands on these wines.  Bidding was heated for many lots and there were hoots and hollers from the crowd as paddles flew and bidders competed against each other, pushing certain lots sky-high.

At the end of the day, a whopping $5.9 million was raised (a sizable leap from the 2012 record of $3.1 million).  It was an exciting day for all, and today everyone in Napa is feeling very thankful for the support of those generous bidders.