CLOSED – Napa Valley Triple Magnum Blow-Out

12/19/11: The first lot to go HOT, it is also the first lot to receive a bid at the reserve. This lot will now go to the highest bidder, after a full business day passes without a new bid. The earliest this could go, if there are no other bids, would be 9 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, December 21, allowing one full business day, December 20th, to pass with a hot lot.

Good luck everybody!

2006 Gemstone Facets
WHO: Gemstone Vineyard
WHAT: Red Bordeaux Blend
WHERE: California, Napa Valley
WHEN: 2006
SIZE: 1.5L

92-94 Points Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate

A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small dose of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.” Much more dramatic, richer and more opulent than the 2005, but not losing any of its underlying elegance is the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Facets. This complex, pure red could easily pass for a fine Bordeaux.

2007 Tamber Bey Rabicano Deux Cevaux Vineyard
WHO: Tamber Bay
WHAT: Red Bordeaux blend
WHERE: California, Napa Valley
WHEN: 2007
SIZE: 1.5L

Thomas Brown, the winemaker, was the youngest winemaker to score two perfect “100 point” scores from Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate. This premiere blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot comes from one of the best vintages in Napa in memory, and the large format bottle will allow for slow and graceful aging, for those who can wait.

2003 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon, Jericho Canyon Vineyard
WHO: Ramey Wine Cellars
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: California, Napa Valley
DESIGNATION: Jericho Canyon Vineyard
WHEN: 2003
SIZE: 1.5L

93 Points Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate

The 2003 Jericho Canyon from a 40-acre parcel of vines at the base of Mount St. Helena, is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. This is David Ramey’s homage to Pauillac. With a big sweet nose of white chocolate, crème de cassis, cedar, spice box, and high-quality smoky oak, it is full-bodied, rich, and tannic with notes of chocolate and espresso in the mouth. This wine also needs several years of cellaring and should last 15-20 years.

Please submit your bid in the comment section, below. If the reserve is met, the auction will be won once a bid goes unanswered for a full calendar day.

The winning bidder will be asked to make their payment directly to the Hillel Foundation at Indiana University, “Find Lauren Fund.” The Hillel Foundation at Indiana University is a 501(c)(3) charity with a dedicated fund. Palate Press: The online wine magazine will not collect any proceeds as part of this auction. The buyer will also pick up the wine at, or pay shipping from, Zachy’s in New York City.

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