Each year we gather the finest wine, travel, sport and entertainment experiences, along with some classic sports memorabilia for our auction. Please see below for the great auction lots that were available at the 14th Annual V Wine Celebration Gala Dinner & Auction at Nickel & Nickel on August 4, 2012.
Interested in donating an item to the 2013 or 2014 auction? Contact Jadine Garcia at 707-963-0611.
#101 ANCIEN WINES 5-PA CK (5 X 750ML ) OF PINOT NOIR
Five bottles (750ml each) of Ancien Pinot Noir, all from the 2009 vintage, but each one from a different vineyard, with different soils, in a different appella- tion. This unique collection of wines contains Pinot Noirs from Carneros, Russian River, Napa Valley-Coombsville, Willamette Valley and Santa Rita Hills. Experience a vivid and enjoyable demonstration of the widely various moods and expressions of this wonderful varietal. Perfect for a party and worthy of any collection.
DONOR: Ancien Wines Inc.
#102 BARNETT VINEYARDS 3L OF 2006 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Etched 3L of 2006 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet is deep purple with immediate cassis on the nose, with large amounts of graphite and ground pepper. Deep cook- ing chocolate, black licorice and vanilla bean tones are also prevalent. The palette is rich with big black currant, more pepper and vanilla, as well as the classic Spring Mountain black earth. The tannins are firm and chalky with crisp mountain acidity to balance. More cassis and chocolate linger on the long finish.
DONOR: Anonymous Friends of The V Foundation
#103 ARAUJO ESTATE MAGNUM OF 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This magnum of Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a show stopper! The aromas of this wine exhibit profound notes of fresh loam, dusty cocoa powder and crushed rock. In the mouth, spicy black licorice, dried laurel and delicate violet nuances balance the ripe, juicy, briary black fruit components. On the palate it is seamless, complete from start to finish, showing the luxurious velvety tannins that are the signature of Eisele Vineyard and ending with a long graphite note. An infant today, the wine’s superb persistence and finishing perfume suggest it will rank among the best vintages of this bottling. If there is ever a classification of Napa Valley cabernet vineyards, the Eisele Vineyard would clearly be a grand cru.
DONOR: Araujo Estate Wines
#104 TWO AUGUST WEST MAGNUMS OF PINOT NOIR
The 2006 Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir’s color is a deceivingly light, clear ruby, but the herb- and spice-scented nose is one of the prettiest and most powerful they’ve ever made in a pinot noir. The palate is lush with bright fruit flavors and the finish is balanced by perfect acidity. The 2006 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir starts with the intriguingly spicy and fruit-driven nose which immediately tells you the wine is from the Santa Lucia Highlands. The natural acidity on the palate brings the wonderful rhubarb and cola flavors into focus in time for the long, slightly toasty finish.
DONOR: August West
#105 BEHRENS FAMILY 2007 & 2009 CABERNET MAGNUM DUO
92-94 points: 2009 Cemetary Cabernet Sauvignon. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2011. Bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, crushed stone and minerals, with a distinctly iron-like component. Then rich and plush in the mouth, with a creamy cassis sweetness that comes as a surprise after the mineral-driven aromas. Finishes serious and quite long, with firm structure for aging. 94 points: The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Moulds Family Vineyard is an elegant yet authoritative Cabernet displaying lots of black currant, underbrush, cedar and incense notes. It is a spicy, ripe, round, impeccably well-made wine with richness, purity and well-integrated oak. Already delicious, it should drink well for 15 years.
DONOR: Behrens Family Winery
#106 BISTRO DON GIOVANNI DINNER FOR 2
Bistro Don Giovanni offers a warm and inviting experience with all the personality of a Mediterranean hideaway. Chef Donna Scala’s rustic fare incorporates local fruits, vegetables, meat and fowl into traditional, fresh Italian dishes with her signature, creative flair. Freshly baked breads, local olive oil, beautiful salads, tasty appetizers and homemade pastas are inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley. Main courses offer an array of regionally sourced and highest quality creations of chicken, steaks, burgers and seafood. The bar features hundreds of Napa Valley and Italian wines as well as a host of signature cocktails. Certificate #17612.
Restrictions: Excludes gratuity & alcohol.
DONOR: Bistro Don Giovanni
#107 BOUCHAINE VINEYARDS VIP TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
Four guests will enjoy a hosted VIP Tour & Tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards & Winery, the oldest continuously operated winery in Carneros, Napa Valley. The visit will include a vineyard safari truck ride, a walk through the cellar to barrel sample upcoming releases, followed by a tasting of current release wines. Certificate #177.
Restrictions: Visits available May through October, Monday through Friday only. Expires August 3, 2013.
DONOR: Bouchaine Vineyards
#108 BRESSLER 2004 MAGNUM OF CABERNET
Winemaker Mia Klein finds aromatic raspberry, blueberry, sweet cherry, vanilla and caramel. The flavors are seamless and very well integrated. There is good impact in the mouth showing hints of cognac, molasses, raspberries, cherries and vanilla. Length of flavor is excellent and the texture is rich with just enough backbone to lend structure. The finish is long and smooth with mocha and cafe au lait flavors.
DONOR: Bressler Vineyards
#109 CAIN FIVE 2007 MAGNUM OF ES TATE CABERNET, SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRIC T
Most wine lovers consider 2007 the best vintage of the decade and among all vintages, it is one you must own. Dense, dark ruby in color, with little rim variation. Complex aromas of black cherry, freshly turned earth, coriander, fir and sandalwood get a surprising citrus lift. Savory herbs, dark chocolate and sweet espresso come through on the palate. This version is balanced and concentrated with supple tannins.
DONOR: Cain Vineyard & Winery
#110 CALIFORNIA & VINE $25.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE
$25 Gift Certificate for California & Vine at the V Marketplace. California & Vine offers Napa Valley- and Yountville-themed apparel, wine-related accessories and gift ideas. Books, hysterical cocktail napkins and a laugh-out-loud card section round out the shop’s selections. Certificate #536005.
Restrictions: Expires August 12, 2013.
DONOR: California & Vine
#111 CARVER SUTRO MAGNUM DUO OF 2006 PETITE SIRAH
Carver Sutro specializes in old vine Petite Sirah and produces approximately 600 cases of estate grown wine from 35– to 75-year-old vines on a site that Robert Parker calls “one of the best Petite Sirah sites in California.” Old vine Petite Sirah enjoys a particular chemistry in Northern California, where it can produce wines of spectacular color, intense fruit and brawny structure. Carver Sutro optimizes this style once again in this 2006 magnum duo.
DONOR: Carver Sutro Wines
#112 CASA NUESTRA CASE OF 2008 TINTO ST. HELENA (12 X 7 50ML )
This wine is made from Casa Nuestra’s St. Helena Estate field mix vineyard planted in 1992. This vintage offers lush, ripe, dark blackberries and hints of nutmeg on the palate and a wonderful nose of plum and cocoa. It has great structure as well as serious cellar potential. Only 398 cases produced.
DONOR: Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards
#113 CHANTICLEER ESTATES AUTOGRAPHED MAGNUM OF 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Open and inviting upon first pouring, this gorgeous, understated Napa Cab has notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, plum, fig and vanilla bean. On the palate, it is more like a layer cake, contrasting opulent, showy boysenberry and cassis and more delicate, tart raspberry, rich mocha and sweet-tart cherry cola, and showing a streak of sanguine, iron-rich minerality. The wine is rich, full, and plush, with very fine, well-integrated tannins and is very well-balanced. Juicy acidity carries the long finish. Ready to drink now, but decanting for aeration would reveal even more character.
DONOR: Chanticleer Estates
#114 CHIMNEY ROCK INSIDERS VIEW TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
The Stags Leap District is world-renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon and breathtaking beauty. Inside Chimney Rock shares the magic and history behind the “valley within a valley” and offers a taste of the terroir. Sample their hallmark silky reds and their seductive white blend, Elevage Blanc, as you explore the beautiful Cape Dutch-inspired estate winery. Stroll through the barrel rooms, the state-of-the-art production facility, and where the real magic hap- pens: in the spectacular vineyards tucked alongside the Palisades. The tour concludes with a taste of the revered Chimney Rock Tomahawk Cabernet Sauvignon.
DONOR: Chimney Rock Winery
#115 CLARK-CLAUDON ETCHED 3L OF 1999 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Clark-Claudon Etched 3L of 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon in a branded wooden case is a perfect compliment to any wine collector’s cellar. Another brilliant effort from this Napa estate, Clark-Claudon’s 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque blue/purple color, and a sweet perfume of minerals, blue as well as black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses outstanding purity in addition to well-integrated tannin, acidity and wood. Vintages to date have blended grace, power and subtlety, resulting in extremely impressive Cabernets. More over, they are built to last. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022.
DONOR: Clark-Claudon Vineyards
#116 CLOS PEGASE MAGNUM OF 2005 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET
On the nose, the 2005 Cabernet is pure cassis, blackberry and cherry fruit tones combined with cocoa, coffee and cedar. The palate is big, luscious, full-bodied yet vibrant, pure and elegant, with seamless toasty oak integration combining with fine tannins that lead to a long finish.
DONOR: Clos Pegase Winery
#117 COLE’S CHOP HOUSE DINNER FOR 2
Cole’s Chop House presents sophisticated steak house classics in an elegant setting matched by friendly, attentive service. Cole’s features only the finest Midwestern USDA prime and Certified Angus Beef steaks and chops, along with ocean-fresh seafood, signature cocktails, and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list. Certificate #2418.
Restrictions: Expires August 4, 2013. Excludes gratuity.
DONOR: Cole’s Chop House
#118 CORNERSTONE CELLARS MAGNUM VERTICAL OF 2004-2006 HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET AND VIP TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
Restrictions: Expires October 1, 2013.
DONOR: Cornerstone Cellars
#119 CORRA WINES MAGNUM OF 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Corra Wines Magnum of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in custom wooden box signed by Winemaker, Celia Welch. The 2009 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon aromas offer an impressive array of very ripe purple fruits: spiced plums, blackberries, and perfumed boysenberries. Hints of mocha, dark chocolate, and cinnamon provide aromatic base notes. On the palate, this 100% Cabernet is broad and silky at entry, while the fresh fruit juiciness provides structure and backbone to the mid-palate. The finish impression is again of sweet cherries and dark chocolate, echoing the aromas. As with previous vintages, Corra’s signature emphasis on texture showcases a full, supple, velvety tannin structure from start to finish. Only 375 cases produced.
DONOR: Corra Wines
#120 CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT GREYSTONE LUNCH OR DINNER FOR 4
Lunch or Dinner for 4 at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. Local, seasonal ingredients are the inspiration for the cuisine at this award- winning restaurant, which features an American take on world flavors. The dazzling restaurant space, created by noted designer Adam Tihany, offers a view of the chefs at work from every handcrafted table. Vineyard-view terrace dining is available in season. Certificate #6236.
Restrictions: Expires August 3, 2013 and not valid on holidays. Excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity.
DONOR: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
#121 DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS 1999 CABERNET (7 50ML )
One 750ml bottle of Diamond Creek Vineyards 1999 Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Perfumed black-cherry cola, violet and cardamom, spice and incense. Flavors follow in suit with nuances of anise, pepper and vanilla. Silky on the palate with great balance, good acidity and tannins that are well-integrated for a long finish.
DONOR: Diamond Creek Vineyards
#122 DRINKWARD PESCHON MAGNUM OF 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This knockout 2007 Cabernet is successful and satisfying on all points. The nose is perfectly ripe, has pristine focus and shows a classic north-valley personality, with scents of blueberry, blackberry, violet and Oriental plum jam forming an ideal marriage with notes of sweet vanilla, sandalwood and baking spices. It delivers the same chiseled intensity to the palate, where exquisite balance and a racy mouth-feel bring added elegance to gorgeous and lingering blueberry-plum fruit and delicious background flavors of black tea, cinnamon, toast and allspice.
DONOR: Drinkward Peschon
#123 TIGER WOODS FRAMED & SIGNED PHOTO
Framed & signed 21″ H x 18 1/2″ W photo of Tiger Woods. Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. With 14 major championships and 71 PGA Tour victories, Woods is one of greatest golfers of all time. Woods has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year a record 10 times and has been on top of the money list nine times. In 2009, Woods became the first athlete to reach $1 billion in career earnings, according to Forbes.
DONOR: Electronic Arts
#124 TROY AIKMAN FRAMED & SIGNED PHOTO
Framed & Signed Photo 26″ W x 22″ H of Troy Aikman. During Aikman’s 12-year playing career, he set 45 Cowboys’ passing records, including the club’s career record for 2,898 completions, 32,942 passing yards, 165 touchdowns and a 61.3 completion percentage. While leading one of sport’s most famous franchises, the Cowboys won six NFC East titles (1992-96 & 1998) and advanced to four NFC Championship Games (1992-1995). Aikman is one of only four quarterbacks to guide his team to victory in three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX).
DONOR: Electronic Arts
#125 ETUDE MAGNUM OF 2006 PINOT NOIR
The 2006 Estate bottling offers inviting cool climate aromatics of raspberry, pomegranate and sandalwood with a touch of turned earth. Classically structured, the palate bursts with flavors of sweet frambois strawberries, red cherries and mocha. The lush fruit combined with the baking spice notes from aging in French oak creates a defined Pinot Noir with elegance and length.
DONOR: Etude Wines
#126 FERRARI-CARANO 5L OF 2005 CABERNET SAUVIGNON PREVAIL BACK FORTY, TOUR, TASTING & LUNCH FOR 4
90 points, The Wine Advocate. “Serves up a complex mix of ripe, fleshy plum and blackberry fruit that has a sweetish edge, shaded by spice, cedary oak, herb and dusty mineral notes. Ends with dry, herb-laced tannins. Drinks now through 2014.” Don and Rhonda Carano invite you to visit with a tour, tasting & luncheon for 4 at Ferrari-Carano. The spectacular Italianate hospitality wine center, Villa Fiore, set in the midst of a 70-acre Dry Creek Valley estate vineyard. Here you can taste the critically-acclaimed Ferrari-Carano wines, stroll through five acres of exquisite gardens, view the magnificent underground, double-vaulted barrel cellar, and sample limited and reserve wines in the Enoteca Reserve Tasting Bar and Lounge.
Restrictions: The bearer of the certificate must contact the winery 30 days in advance of the day they would like to visit. Saturdays & Sundays are not available. Expires August 4, 3013.
DONOR: Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
#127 GARY FARRELL WINERY VIP BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR & TASTING FOR 8
Enjoy a VIP “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour of Gary Farrell Winery including a private tasting of limited-production, single-vineyard series Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for 8 guests. It’s hard to imagine a better vantage point from which to savor the many splendors of the Russian River Valley than Gary Farrell Winery. Perched on a hillside providing panoramic views of the forested valley below, its wines epitomize the best of the appellation and the passion and pioneering spirit of its visionary founder, Gary Farrell, a California winemaking icon. Gary Farrell Winery has long specialized in Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the top vineyards in the Russian River Valley, and the wines remain benchmarks as elegant, complex expressions of their vineyard origins. At the end of the tour, savor wine and conversation while sampling artisanal Sonoma County cheeses. Certificate #1002.
Restrictions: Expires June 1, 2013.
DONOR: Gary Farrell Winery
#128 SIP ‘N CYCLE TOUR FOR 4 & PICNIC LUNCH
Sip ‘N Cycle along beautiful country lanes in Napa Valley or Dry Creek Valley for visits at 3-5 small, family-owned wineries for tastings. You’ll travel along country lanes, enjoying scenic vistas and learning fun wine facts. The guided tour includes knowledgeable tour guide, four logo water bottles, Hybrid bikes, helmets, van support and a gourmet picnic lunch. Certificate #D61468.
Restrictions: Guests must join pre-existing tour. Expires December 31, 2013.
DONOR: Getaway Adventures
#129 GHOST BLOCK 6-PACK (6 X 750ML ) OF 2009 YOUNTVILLE SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Ghost Block 6-Pack of 2009 Yountville Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in a custom wooden case. Finesse oriented with an elegant balance and structure, supported by bright aromas of roses, tobacco and spice. The attack is full on the palate with blackberries, cherries, cocoa and cinna- mon. The ripe mid-palate ties together a long finish of cherries, caramel, spice, cassis and coffee.
DONOR: Ghost Block
#130 GIRARD WINERY MAGNUM DUO AND CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE PAIRING FOR 4
Two magnums of 2005 Artistry (Bordeaux-style blend): smooth-textured, rich and polished, with layers of currant, spice, sage, toasty oak and herbal scents; all of which fold together nicely. This vintage is a brilliantly colored, dark garnet wine with aromas of baked cherries, dark plum, lavender, cinnamon, allspice and freshly cut herbs. There are also hints of tobacco, leather and toasted pecan. On the palate, this smooth textured wine offers a full-mouth, medium-bodied feel. The firm tannins are very well integrated, making the wine elegant and approachable at an early age. Enjoy a VIP Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing for 4 at Girard Winery, a quaint, comfy, modern wine tasting room tucked away in beautiful Yountville. The tastings are delicious, and the service fantastic. Every staff member is well-educated about the wines, and the intimate location makes Girard a place that keeps you coming back!
Restrictions: To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date between donor and winning bidder. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Girard Winery
#131 GRGICH HILLS ESTATE ETCHED 3L OF 2005 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
92 points, Wine Spectator, July 2009. ”Grgich Hills Estate Etched 3L of 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of savory herb and ripe currant with berry and plum aromas that are firm and intense. Full-bodied and well-structured, with the tannins gaining traction on the finish. Rustic but balanced.”
DONOR: Grgich Hills Estate
#132 HALL KATHRYN HALL 6L OF 2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
96 Points, James Laube, Wine Spectator. #2 on “Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011.” “Rich, savory and full-bodied, showing direct, potent young Cabernet flavors built around blackberry and dark berry fruit, with touches of spice, black licorice, mineral and toasty wood. Very impressive for its purity, finesse and graceful finish. This vintage of HALL Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve over 15 or more years of cellaring.”
DONOR: HALL Wines
#133 HARTWELL VINEYARDS MAGNUM TRIO OF RESERVE CABERNET AND WINE & CHEESE TASTING FOR 4
90 points, Wine Spectator. “The 2000 Hartwell Reserve Cab packs in lots of ripe, rich flavors, with tiers of currant, plum, blackberry and mocha-scented oak and hints of dusty herb and cedary oak. Finishes with ripe, supple tannins and good length.” 92 points, Wine Spectator. Hartwell’s 2002 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is showcasing a perfect balance between the primary fruit notes of blueberry, black cherry and fig paste along with the Estate vineyard terroir characteristics of licorice and sweet tobacco leaf. Rich and stylish, this wine offers considerable hedonistic opulence, composed with sweet acidity and fully integrated tannins.
Last but not least, the 2003 Hartwell Reserve Cabernet is notably rich and concentrated, yet elegant and stylish. Dense, focused and well-oaked flavors of currant, blackberry and wild berries, with smoky, toasty notes. Combining over 30 years of work and travel experience in the wine fields, Hartwell’s two resident Certified Sommeliers will ensure that you have an enriching and rewarding visit to the Estate property. For a taste of “La Dolce Vita” join Hartwell Vineyards for their Wine & Cheese Portfolio Tasting. Carved deeply into their wine caves sits the Library Room where you’ll regale amid the splendor of Bob Hartwell’s private collection of wines dating back to their inaugural 1990 release. This truly is the definitive pairing of small production wines with artisan cheese.
Restrictions: Expires August 31, 2013.
DONOR: Hartwell Vineyards
#134 HERB LAMB VINEYARDS MAGNUM OF 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON & PRIVATE VISIT FOR 6
This special Herb Lamb Vineyards Magnum of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of only 30 bottled specifically for fundraisers and autographed by Vintner Herb Lamb. This wine has a lovely bouquet with perfect balance. The nose is seamless, expressive and pretty, showing red fruits and a rich blueberry reduction. In the mouth you sense a richness of fig, ripe plum, deep black cherry and blackberry. You can feel the finesse and elegance
on the palate that highlights the sweet red fruit flavors of cherry, currant, raspberry and red licorice. There are spicy, toasted oak flavors with silky, elegant tannins which are muted in the background, as an extra element giving balance to the wine. Although they are not currently open to the public for tours and tastings, six guests are invited for a private visit to the home and vineyard of Herb & Jennifer Lamb. The seven-acre Herb Lamb Vineyard is located on the ridge of a small valley facing Howell Mountain, just east of St. Helena in the northern Napa Valley with picture perfect views. Don’t forget the camera!
Restrictions: Call in advance to reserve a date and time mutually accepted by all. Expires October 1, 2012.
DONOR: Herb Lamb Vineyards
#135 HOLLYWOOD & VINE CELLARS 3L OF 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON ”2480″ SIGNED & NUMBERED
92+ Points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #192. “The real winner is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘2480’ with opaque, ruby-purple hues possessing plenty of new oak, but also luxurious amounts of black currant fruit, licorice, graphite and spice.” Aromas immediately bound forward from the glass waving fresh notes of dark, fully ripe Bing cherries, dark chocolate, vine-ripened blackberries, and a touch of vanilla and cedar.
DONOR: Hollywood & Vine Cellars
#136 “IT’S A GRAND NIGHT F OR SINGERS!” AT JARVIS CONSERVATORY FOR 4
Four guests can enjoy a performance, wine and tapas at a unique venue for Bay Area singers: “It’s a Grand Night for Singers!” at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California. Each program features wonderful and exciting professional vocalists, as well as the most promising professional talent of tomorrow. Singers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area perform excerpts from opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and zarauela; a panoply of well-loved musical favorites, as well as delightful surprises from the lesser-known repertoire. Enjoy the naturally perfect acoustics of the theater and wander throughout the beautiful historic building and patio. Certificate #GC12-027. Restrictions: Redeemable on the first Saturday of the month only. No expiration.
DONOR: Jarvis Conservatory
#137 KEEVER VINEYARDS TOUR & TASTING FOR 4 AND 3 BOTTLES OF 2008 SYRAH (3 X 7 50MLS )
Enjoy a Tour & Tasting for four and take home three bottles (750ml) of 2008 Keever Vineyards Syrah. Private tastings and tours are conducted by appointment only by one of the four members of the family: Olga Keever, Jason Keever, Ashley Keever, or Bill Keever. The tasting room is designed to feel like an extension of the Keever’s home. It provides visitors with an attractive, welcoming environment where they can enjoy the Keever Vineyards wines. Breath-taking views from the tasting room’s two-story window include Wappo Hill, the Stag’s Leap rock formation and Palisades and the valley from Yountville to the Silverado Country Club. Restrictions: Call in advance to schedule a mutually agreeable date. Expires August 31, 2013.
DONOR: Keever Vineyards
#138 KENWOOD VINEYARDS SIGNED MAGNUM OF 2004 JACK LONDON SYRAH, VIP TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
Kenwood Vineyards Magnum of 2004 Jack London Syrah signed by the winemaker will make a great addition to your cellar. The Jack London Ranch creates distinctive red wines that have a loyal following throughout the world. Complex aromas of cherries and dried herbs are combined with hints of vanilla. In the mouth, firm, well-structured tannins are complimented by pomegranate and fig flavors. The rich fruit and spicy flavors found in this Syrah complement a wide range of dishes, especially grilled beef and lamb, game birds and rich risottos. Kenwood Vineyards sits on a beautiful, 22-acre producing estate in the Sonoma Valley. Using the “Cuvèe” winemaking method, the harvest from each vineyard is handled separately to preserve its individuality and true character. From its very first vintage, Kenwood has been committed to producing premium varietal wines that reflect Sonoma County’s finest vineyards in their character and style. At the conclusion of the tour, the winning bidder will take home two 750ml bottles of premium wine. Restrictions: Call in advance to schedule a mutually agreeable date. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Kenwood Vineyards
#139 LADERA VINEYARDS MAGNUM OF 200 7 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
This wine is as deep and dark in color as it is in aroma and flavor. The nose is floral yet fruity with rich blackberry and cocoa aromas. The entry is elegant and soft with flavors of dark cherries, blueberry, cocoa, and spiced plum. Four lucky guests will tour Ladera Vineyard’s old, stone winery originally built in 1886. Though listed in the official book Ghost Wineries of the Napa Valley, this winery is no ghost—it is one of very few structures that not only has been restored, but returned to its former glory as a gravity-flow winery in 2000 by proud Vintners, Anne & Pat Stotesbery.
Restrictions: Must be 21 years of age. Call in advance to schedule a mutually agreeable date. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Ladera Vineyards
#140 LAKE SONOMA WINERY CASE OF 2008 DRY CREEK ZINFANDEL (12 X 7 50ML )
One case (12 x 750ml) of Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Zinfandel. This bold yet well-balanced Zinfandel bursts with the aromas and flavors of ripe plums, blackberries and spicy peppercorn. Ripe, firm tannins are softened by a subtle oak presence. Its Dry Creek provenance is evident in its spice notes and its plush, juicy mouthfeel.
DONOR: Lake Sonoma Winery
#141 LAMBORN FAMILY VINEYARDS SIGNED 3L OF 2008 CABERNET
This signed 3L bottle of the 2008 estate grown Lamborn Family Cabernet comes from their 4-acre vineyard on Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. Consistently producing some of Napa Valley’s top wines, Lamborn Family Vineyards has been growing winegrapes on Howell Mountain since the late 1970′s. With over three decades of farming excellence, Heidi Barrett has been crafting Lamborn wines since 1997, striving to bring quality, value, and the “Wow!” factor in every bottle. This 3L is one of only six produced and is not available retail.
DONOR: Lamborn Family Vineyards
#142 18 HOLES OF GOLF FOR 2 & CART AT LITTLE RIVER INN RESORT & SPA
The expansive feeling of coastal golf will permeate your visit as you enjoy one of Northern California’s most established and hospitable resorts, Little River Inn, which boasts the only golf course on the Mendocino Coast. Tucked among the hills and redwoods, the nine-hole course presents unexpected challenges to golfers. It may be that the stunning ocean views distract first time players, or it may be a wandering deer crossing the putting green (this is an Audubon-certified sanctuary, after all).
Restrictions: Valid Sunday through Thursday only, excluding holidays or tournament play. Must present certificate for redemption. Call in advance to schedule tee times.
DONOR: Little River Inn Resort & Spa
#143 LOUIS M. MARTINI MONTE ROSSO CASE OF 2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (12 X 7 50ML )
One case (12 x 750ml) of 2008 Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon. The Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon is a hand-crafted wine sourced from the best vineyard blocks within Monte Rosso. This is a full-bodied wine revealing melted chocolate, black cherry, and earthy aromatics with accents of anise and brown spice. The dark concentrated fruit interlaces with firm, velvety tannins to result in a balanced wine with a long, lingering finish. It is a perfect complement to warm, earthy dishes, game and red meat such as wild boar, venison and grilled filet mignon.
DONOR: Louis M. Martini Winery
#144 MACARTHUR PLACE OVERNIGHT STAY IN A SUITE FOR ONE COUPLE
“If you’re in Sonoma, you must stay here!” – Zagat, Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco and 15 minutes from Napa, MacArthur Place is a luxurious Wine Country getaway stituated on a lush country estate with 64 sumptuous rooms and suites, full-service spa and superb dining. Also just four blocks from Sonoma’s Historic Downtown Plaza and minutes away from many of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries. Your stay in one of their luxurious suites also includes complimentary continental breakfast for two and an evening wine & cheese reception. You are encouraged to visit the Garden Spa for the finest massage and facial treatments.
Restrictions: This certificate is valid Sunday-Thursday nights based on availability, or more specifically dates when the hotel does not anticipate being sold-out. Weekends, peak periods, and holidays (including the Sunday of holiday weekends and special event periods) are excluded. Excludes the months of July through October. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: MacArthur Place
#145 A DAY OF “MEANDER”ING
“92 points, the 2007 is a a beautiful 100% Cabernet that comes from Rutherford and St. Helena. It’s soft and dry and ultrarich, with blackberry, cherry, licorice, cola, spice and smoky new oak flavors.” – Wine Enthusiast, December 2012. The 2008 vintage bursts from the glass with blackberry, plum and chocolate notes on the nose. Sweet vanilla, cocoa powder and Asian spice show as well. On the palate this is a very broad wine that hides its tannin until the finish. Silky palate offering dark fruits, cassis, minerals and velvety chocolate. The wine finishes long and has a floral component that kicks in towards the end. Four guests are invited to experience a private wine adventure with the owner/winemaker of one of the Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon-centric producers, Amy Aiken of Meander Wines. You will meet at the winery for a special barrel tasting in the cave. Afterward, meander to the Aiken home in St. Helena for a seasonally inspired lunch to be enjoyed with a focused tasting of Meander special cellar selections and a few special non-cabernet surprises will be brought out from the cellar for you to discover. Shhhhh… Amy and her hubby Joel have been busy “Conspiring.” Also enjoy one etched magnum each of Meander 2007 & 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.
Restrictions: Tasting and lunch to be set for a mutually agreeable date. Expires August 5, 2013.
DONOR: Meander Wines
#146 MORLET FAMILY VINYARDS 3L OF 2009 ’LA PROPORTION DOREE’ SOMONA COUNTY
94-96 points, Robert Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, February 2011. Morlet Family Vinyards etched and numbered 3L of 2009 ‘La Proportion Doree.’ Years of experience led to this harmoniously proportioned blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle by Winemaker & Owner, Luc Morlet. A full-bodied, layered, palate-staining offering with lots of marmalade and citrus oil characteristics. This is a very compelling white wine to drink over the next 7-8 years from 2011 to 2019.
DONOR: Morlet Family Vineyards
#147 NAPA VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT WITH CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH FOR 2
Come fly with us…Enjoy the sport of hot air ballooning above the Napa Valley in a magnificent, colorful balloon. You will launch from the historic grounds of the V Marketplace in the heart of Yountville. As we rise above the valley floor, panoramic views open up of the Napa Valley. To the north, the majestic Mt. St. Helena, to the west the Mayacamas Mt. Range, and to the east the sculptured terrain of the Vaca Range. With favorable winds aloft the balloons can climb to higher altitudes where we may catch a glimpse of the San Francisco skyline and even the majestic Sierras to the east, while the vineyards transform into a patchwork-line quilt of brilliant colors. Dance with the winds while floating amongst the clouds and experience the gift of peace and serenity. After your flight, we will celebrate your celestial adventure with a wonderful champagne brunch where you can reminisce about your journey in a serene wine country setting.
DONOR: Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Company
#148 NEYERS VINEYARDS 2010 CHARDONNAY EL NOVILLERO & 2009 CABERNET MAGNUM DUO
94 points – A few months ago, Robert Parker wrote of the 2010 El Novillero: ”Neyers’ 2010 Chardonnay El Novillero reminds me of some of the glory days of Louis Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne. Smoky bacon fat, poached pear, honeysuckle, peach and earth all combine in a full-bodied, minerally yet authoritatively flavored Chardonnay that is part California and seemingly part French. This beauty, from a cool-climate vineyard, is just that loaded.”
92 points – Jim Laube, Wine Spectator Online 2012. “The 2009 Cabernet demonstrates the richness, subtlety and finesse achieveable in 2009, with tiers of dried berry, loamy earth, cedar, tobacco and dried herb flavors, ending with rich, dry tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023.”
DONOR: Neyers Vineyards
#149 OPUS ONE TWILIGHT TOUR & TASTING FOR 6
The Opus One Twilight Tour & Tasting is reserved exclusively for charity donations. Guests begin this late afternoon experience in the winery’s Salon with caviar and flutes of fine champagne. A private tour follows, including a visit to the salient architectural spaces of Opus One: The Mezzanine, Cuvier, Gallery and Grand Chai. The tour culminates in the Grand Chai with a tasting of two vintages of Opus One.
Restrictions: Expires August 4, 2013. Reservation pending availability.
DONOR: Opus One
#150 PACIFIC BLUES CAFÉ CERTIFICATE FOR BREAKFAST & DINNER FOR 4
Enjoy mouthwatering breakfast and dinner with house wine for four guests at Pacific Blues Café at V Marketplace. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Pacific Blues offers a delicious variety of dishes that range from full breakfast, all-natural burgers right from the grill, to daily gourmet fish and pasta specials in a welcoming environment for the entire family. If you’re in need of a smile and a cheerful word, as well as an excellent meal, then the destination for you is Pacific Blues Café.
Restrictions: Gratuity not included. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Pacific Blues Cafe
#151 PINE RIDGE VINEYARDS MAGNUM OF 2009 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A sweet and spicy nose of dark, ripe plum, blackberry pie and red licorice balanced with leather and star anise bursts from the glass in this deep garnet wine. The palate echoes the richness of the bouquet and surges with fresh cassis, black cherry and brambly black fruit flavors, supported by a framework of lush tannins, roasted espresso and dark cocoa. This tremendously well-balanced wine finishes delicately with a velvety kiss of mint chocolate and toast.
DONOR: Pine Ridge Vineyards
#152 POTT WINE 6-PACK (6 X 7 50ML ) OF 2009 CABERNET “HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE”
The wines from Pott Wine have concentration, balance and elegance that will blow you away. The wines are very Pauillac in feel—great black fruits, cassis and blackberry, combined with spice, cedar and tobacco with a kiss of truffle and crowned with noble, age-worthy tannins.
DONOR: Pott Wine
#153 QUPE 5L OF 2007 HILLSIDE SYRAH SIGNED BY OWNER & WINEMAKER
Wine Enthusiast 95 Points, Top 100 Wines of 2011. A massively rich, ripe, flamboyant wine. Huge in blackberries, cassis, smoked meat, leather, cocoa, pepper and sandalwood flavors that go on and on. Full-bodied, powerful, a hedonist’s Syrah. Near perfect balance of tannins and acids, with integrated oak.
DONOR: Qupe Wine Cellars
#154 RAMEY WINE CELLARS MAGNUM VERTICAL 2006- 2008 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
90-92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2010. “The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa has put on weight since last year. It now reveals a thick, opaque purple color in addition to bigger, denser fruit concentration, and a plush, heady personality filled with notes of chocolate, coffee, espresso roast and black currants.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2010. “A stunning, high-end Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2007 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. The final bottling from the extraordinary Larkmead Vineyard, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of blueberry and black currant fruit intertwined with licorice, bay leaf, cedar and fruitcake notes. Full-bodied and opulent, this precocious 2007 is drinkable now and should evolve for another 15+ years.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, December 2008. ”The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is a bigger, deeper effort revealing austere
tannins in the finish, but also plenty of chocolaty, black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, roasted herbs, and underbrush.”
DONOR: Ramey Wine Cellars
#155 RAVENS WOOD MAGNUM OF DICKERS ON VINEYARD ZINFANDEL
Produced continuously and exclusively since 1982, cedar, eucalyptus and raspberry scents as distinctive as fingerprints characterize the Zinfandel from Dickerson Vineyards. This is Zinfandel at its best: a sumptuous, deeply aromatic wine with pungent flavors and a long-lasting finish.
DONOR: Ravenswood Winery
#156 ROBERT FOLEY VINEYARDS 2006 CLARET MAGNUM
The 2006 is a blend of vineyard blocks rather than varieties and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards in the north valley impart the lushness of the mid-palate, while vineyards on Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain provide their firm structure. The synergistic combination of these strengths of character results in a powerfully expressive wonder-wine. A delicious middle, thorough ripeness, and perfect tannin framework put this one right up with one of the best reds they’ve ever produced.
DONOR: Robert Foley Vineyards
#157 ROBERT SINSKEY MAGNUM, FARM-TO-TABLE TOUR FOR 4 AND MARIA HELM SINSKEY’S AUTOGRAPHED COOKBOOK
Robert Sinskey Magnum of 2006 Marcien Proprietary Red, Los Carneros Napa Valley. Dark glossy color, more red than black, gleams from the glass. Aromas announce youthful bright fruit, laced with earth, olive and herbs. Cassis and plum arrive on first sip, resplendent on a mouthful of silky tannins and kept from excess by the bright cut of acidity. Marcien boasts a seemingly incongruous combination of power and lightness that forces you back to the glass to ponder such a coexistence. Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s Farm-to-Table experience begins with glass in hand and a nibble from the vineyard kitchen followed by a stroll through the kitchen garden. A peek into the cellar and caves offer a brief discourse on winemaking, after which a convivial gathering at the farm table furthers the conversation with an exploration of seasonal creations from the Vineyard Kitchen paired with a selection of Robert Sinskey Vineyards wines.
Restrictions: By appointment only. Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Robert Sinskey Vineyards
#158 ROUND POND ESTATE SIGNED MAGNUM OF 2009 CABERNET, ESTATE TOUR & TASTING FOR 6
Round Pond Estate 2009 Cabernet Magnum signed by the Winemaker. The nose on this vintage evolves dramatically from its first few moments in the glass. Initial top notes of Spanish lavender and brambles are followed by graphite, Asian plum, and cassis. Moments later, inviting fragrances of vanilla caramel greet the taster. As it presents, the palate is balanced in its weighty structure. Round, well framed tannins encompass a plush core of mixed berry compote. Flavors are reminiscent of mocha dusted bakers chocolate and dark cherries. From the vineyard to the crush pad, six guests will discover the secrets of great handcrafted winemaking with a guided tour of Round Pond Estate. Led by one of their friendly and knowledgeable wine educators, this fascinating tour culminates in a delicious tasting featuring a selection of their estate-grown wines and a sampling of scrumptious wine-friendly appetizers.
Restrictions: Prior reservation required.
DONOR: Round Pond Estate
#159 SCHRAMSBERG 3L OF 2006 BLANC DE BLANCS
The 2006 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs delivers aromas of key lime, freshly cut green apple and honeydew melon, followed by just a hint of pineapple upside-down cake. Upon entry, the palate is layered with flavors of citrus, ripe Anjou pear, dried pineapple and baked apple pie. This Chardonnay sparkler finishes with lingering and balanced acidity.
DONOR: Schramsberg Vineyards
#160 SHAFER VINEYARDS 6L OF 2005 MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY
Shafer Vineyards 6L of 2005 Merlot, Napa Valley. Robert M. Parker, Jr., said the 2005 vintage “…possesses crisp acidity as well as an elegant bouquet of berry fruit, menthol, sweet cherries, and spice. The tremendous aromatics are followed by abundant fruit.” Food & Wine magazine’s 2008 American Wine Awards has named 2005 Shafer Vineyards Merlot top Merlot in the U.S.
DONOR: Shafer Vineyards
#161 SIGNORELLO MAGNUM OF 2008 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
90+ Points. “The 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard planted in 1990 on the hillside of Silverado Trail. It exhibits a deep plum/garnet/ purple color, as well as a promising nose of charcoal, scorched earth and black currants. Young, rich, full-bodied and dense, it is approachable now, but will be better in 2-3 years and keep for 15-20.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue 192, December 2010.
DONOR: Signorello Estate
#162 SILVERADO VINEYARDS 3L OF 2006 ES TATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A plethora of aromas radiate from the glass—ripe black cherry, plum, dried herbs, white pepper, roasted coffee and earth. On first taste, juicy, well integrated flavors of oak and fruit. Cocoa powder notes highlight this wine, which is seamless in its structure from entry to finish.
DONOR: Silverado Vineyards
#163 SPOTTSWOODE MAGNUM DUO OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 96 & 95 POINTS
One magnum each of 2008 & 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon can be yours if the price is RIGHT! “95+ points. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberries and black currants, good acidity and serious tannins, as well as concentration. 2008 possesses lots of stuffing, as well as elegance married with purity, power and rare equilibrium.” – Robert Parker, December, 2010.
“96+ points. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge wine bursting with class and personality. It shows gorgeous delineation in its dark fruit, camphor, tar and licorice, with striking finesse and breathtaking balance. All of the aromas and flavors build effortlessly to the round, sensual finish. Despite its size, the 2009 is a relatively accessible wine, especially when tasted next to the 2008. This is a dazzling effort and easily one of the wines of the vintage with anticipated maturity between 2014-2029. Wow!” – The Wine Advocate, December, 2011.
DONOR: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
#164 RIEDEL MEDOC MAGNUM DECANTER
Tradition and innovation. The Riedel company can proudly look back on its 250-year success story. From its beginnings in northern Bohemia down to this day, for 11 generations (for now) Riedel Glass has stood for the high-art of glassmaking. “I prefer to decant wines, both young and old. It is a sign of respect for old wines and a sign of confidence in young wines. Decanting old wines, just a few moments before they are served, helps to ensure that the wines’ clarity and brilliance are not obscured by any deposit that may have developed over time. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging.”
- George Riedel
DONOR: St. Helena Wine Center
#165 STAG’S LEAP WINERY 3L OF 2002 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET
Stag’s Leap Winery 3L of 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet is rich and concentrated with beautiful black fruit aromas of blackberry and cassis backed by hints of black pepper, black olive and brown spices. This wine has a deep and dense entry that fills the mouth with forward red and black fruit flavors of rhubarb, red cherries, raspberries and boysenberries. Lightly structured with round, chewy tannis, the finish is long and supple with layers of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
DONOR: Stag’s Leap Winery
#166 STERLING VINEYARDS MAGNUM OF 2006 RESERVE CABERNET, PLUS SILVER EXPERIENCE TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast. Sterling Vineyards Magnum of 2006 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet is a quintessential expression of the vintage. Their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon brings together the finest lots from 2006 into a decadent, sophisticated wine. It opens with redolent aromas of ripe plum, cassis and dates joined by undertones of cocoa, butterscotch and toasted oak. On the palate, bright fruit leads the entry, which develops silky, mouth coating flavors of briary forest fruit, clove and date as it glides across the tongue. Toasted oak rides the lengthy finish and is met by fleshy, round tannins. Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. Mount Saint Helena makes a lovely distant backdrop. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstans-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The rich tolling of these ancient bells sounds down through the valley on the quarter hour. Walkways, balconies, and motion-sensitive DVD screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Beautiful outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy exceptional wines while taking in the view. The extraordinary Mediterranean-style architecture, unique aerial tramway, stunning location, historic bells, and attention to visitors make Sterling Vineyards a top destination in Napa Valley.
Restrictions: Must be 21 years of age.
DONOR: Sterling Vineyards
#167 TREFETHEN FAMILY VINEYARDS TWO BOTTLE (2 X 7 50ML ) PACK
One bottle (750ml) each of 2010 Estate Chardonnay & 2008 Estate Merlot. 2010 is the 37th vintage of Napa Valley Chardonnay by the Trefethen Family. It offers all the ingredients fans of this wine have come to treasure: beautifully fresh, complex aromas of golden apple, spicy pear and bright citrus fruit coupled with floral notes and hints of butter and toasty/clovey French oak; a supple, beautifully balanced texture with vibrant apple and lemon-lime flavors; and a crisp, slightly spicy finish with refreshing mineral tones. The 2008 Merlot begins with rich savory aromas of cherry, bay leaf, cedar, leather and spice. The weighted mid-palate brings lush flavors of ripe raspberry, smokey molasses, finishing with a lingering hint of black pepper.
DONOR: Trefethen Family Vineyards
#168 TRUCHARD VINEYARDS 3L OF 2007 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Truchard Vineyards 3L of 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has an elegant nose of black cherry, plum, and cassis; with hints of cedar, cocoa, and sweet vanilla. The mouth is rich and smooth—layered with flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and raspberry. Velvety tannins focus the palate and provide an elegant finish of fruit and spice.
DONOR: Truchard Vineyards
#169 TURLEY WINE CELLARS ZINFANDEL COLLECTION
2005 Turley Estate Zinfandel (Magnum), 2009 Duarte Zinfandel (Magnum), 2009 Salvador Zinfandel (750ml), 2009 Grist Zinfandel (750ml). Turley is the name when it comes to blockbuster Zinfandels. These are California’s richest, most powerful, and most exotic Zinfandels, taken from forgotten old-vine holdings throughout central and northern California. At their core, they are excellent showcases for the rich, ripe old-vine fruit characteristic of great Zinfandels.
DONOR: Turley Wine Cellars
#170 TURNBULL WINE CELLARS MAGNUM OF 2006 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET, TOUR & TASTING FOR 4
92 Points – Connoisseurs’ Guide. “Turnbull hits the very same marks once again in 2006, and wins applause for its deep fruit, fine focus and classic structure. Its ample oak is always subordinate to elements of cassis and ripe cherries, and its integral tannins provide solid varietal spice without being too tough or abrasive. Its overall sense of proportion and balance are just what we look for in age-worthy wines, and what is good here will get only get better.”
Renowned, award-winning Bay Area architect William Turnbull founded Johnson Turnbull Vineyards in 1979. Known for their 100% Estate-grown single- vineyard designate Cabernets, Turnbull Wine Cellars is located in the heart of the famed Napa Valley AVA of Oakville, CA. During your visit, you and three guests will taste the current releases and some small production “winery exclusive” wines, all produced from the estate vineyard properties in the lovely wine country tasting room.
Restrictions: Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: Turnbull Wine Cellars
#171 V MARKETPLACE $250.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR SHOPPING OR DINING
$250.00 V Marketplace Gift Certificate good at any specialty shop, gallery or restaurant within the marketplace. A Little Romance – Gifts and Rare Finds of Comfort; California and Vine – Where Whimsy Meets the Vineyard; Domain Home & Garden – Decorative Accessories for the Home and Garden; i elle – Contemporary Women’s Clothing & Accessories; Kane – Resort Wear and Accessories for Men; Lemondrops – Children’s Boutique and Toys; NapaStyle -Retail, Café, Wine Tasting; Sister’s Boutique – A Girly-Girl Boutique; Tay & Grace – Fabulous Collection of Women’s Novelty Clothing; VIANETT – Bridal, Couture, Evening wear; Blue Heron Gallery – Fine Art by Local World Class Artists; Gallery 1870 – Fine Art From the Heart of Napa Valley; North Bay Gallery – Art Glass, Bronzes, Wall Art & Jewelry; NapaStyle Wine Bar – Chiarello Family Vineyards and Many Others; V Wine Cellar – Historic Boutique Wine Shop and Tasting Bar; NapaStyle Paninoteca & Wine Bar – Panini, Salads, Salumi and Formaggio; Pacific Blues Café – “Maverick American” Cuisine Great Comfort Food and Good Times; Bottega – Michael Chiarello’s Rustic Farm-to-Table Italian Cuisine; Soluna Boutique Salon – Hair, Make-Up, Lash Extensions & Esthetic Services; Kollar Chocolates – Artisan Chocolates Made on Premises, Gelato & Specialty Drinks; Adventures Aloft – Hot Air Balloon Rides.
Restrictions: Expires August 4, 2013.
DONOR: V Marketplace
#172 V. SATTUI MAGNUM OF 1999 PRESTON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Some of California’s most sought-after and expensive wines come out of the Rutherford AVA, the historical core of the Napa Valley and from where V. Sattui has been producing Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon for more than 33 years. The 1999 vintage is deep garnet in color, with rich aromas of plum, black cherry, tobacco leaf and spice. Enormously complex, it has highly-extracted, concentrated flavors of smoky currant, blackberry, vanilla and mocha.
DONOR: V. Sattui Winery
#173 WHARTON WINES 3L OF 2008 ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
An intense aroma of black cherries, cassis, and plum is complimented by subtle hints of cocoa, tobacco and sweet, toasty vanilla. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a hillside vineyard atop Alexander Valley. Aged for two years in American oak barrels, this wine is drinking beautifully now and will age gracefully for many years. Only 125 cases produced.
DONOR: Wharton Wines
#174 CHARLES KRUG 150TH ANNIVERSARY CABERNET MAGNUM SIGNED BY PETER MONDAVI, SR. – A LIVING LEGEND!
With the celebration of Charles Krug’s 150th Anniversary, they produced a Cabernet Sauvignon with a pure expressive nose that is fruit forward with ripe raspberry, blackberry and notes of dark chocolate covered cherries. The blend gives this wine the sought-after soft tannins of fine Napa Valley Cabernets. Nutmeg, boysenberry and pomegranate finish out on the palate, followed by a seamless mouthfeel.
DONOR: Charles Krug
#175 WINE COUNTRY INN, 2 NIGHTS’ LODGING FOR 2 IN ST. HELENA
Enjoy a relaxing and romantic two-night stay in a luxury cottage at the Wine Country Inn located in St. Helena. Rarely does one find such an exquisite place located in such a world-renowned area. Fashioned after the quaint inns of New England, the Wine Country Inn offers a romantic interlude in the heart of the Napa Valley, one of the world’s truly great wine producing areas. You’ll experience casual elegance at its best while being exposed to incomparable food and wine. Built well off the highway and surrounded by the vineyards of the Napa Valley, the grounds are a delight to the ears, eyes and nose. Cobbled walking paths escort you through quiet annual flowerbeds, 80-year-old olive trees and 100-year-old oaks, along with flowering scrubs and creeping vines. Includes an evening wine social and delicious, hearty breakfast daily. Certificate DC-2125.
Restrictions: Excludes Harvest months August through October, weekends & holidays. Valid on a space available basis Sunday through Thursday only. Expires July 2013.
DONOR: Wine Country Inn
#176 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 2002 AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
The 2002 San Francisco Giants season was the 120th in franchise history, and the franchise’s 45th season in San Francisco. The season ended with the Giants winning the National League pennant. This ball has been signed by the team that took it all the way to the World Series!
DONOR: Todd Zapolski