Exclusive direct from the cellar Napa Valley wines on offer at auctionBy Alice Liang
From 11-20 February, nonprofit trade association Napa Valley Vintners has brought together a collection of nearly 100 exclusive library wine lots for its inaugural Direct from the Cellar: Napa Valley Library Wine Auction.
This February, wine collectors from around the world can bid on rare wines sold directly from the cellars of Napa Valley’s most sought-after wineries.
The lot offerings include the first vintages of Bond, six decades of Charles Krug dating back to 1964, five vintages of 100-point Harlan magnums, a collection of 6-litre imperials from Opus One spanning five decades, three magnums of Screaming Eagle, a 12-litre bottle from Sloan Estate and many more.
Organised by Zachys, the Napa Valley Library Wine Auction opens for online bidding on 11 February and closes via live-streamed auction on 20 February starting at 3:00 p.m. PST.
“Wines from Napa Valley stand for the highest quality. For more than 150 years, our wineries have balanced tradition with innovation in their quest to make world class wines and have cultivated a spirit of collaboration that is represented in this spectacular collection,” said Linda Reiff, president and CEO, Napa Valley Vintners.
“The assemblage of wines going to auction is an amazing opportunity for wine collectors to invest in rare and valuable wines coming out of America’s most prestigious wine region. We are thrilled to partner with Napa Valley Vintners to present this collection to our top bidders,” said Jeff Zacharia, president of Zachys.
While bidding is open, starting from 11 February, American wine critic Antonio Galloni from Vinous will host five Napa Valley sessions, each focused on a different topic such as exploring Napa Valley’s American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), discovering Napa Valley’s unexpected varieties and what inspires the next generation of winemakers from some of Napa Valley’s most iconic producers.
All proceeds from the Napa Valley Library Wine Auction benefit programs to promote, protect and enhance Napa Valley.
In addition to the inaugural Library Wine Auction, the Napa Valley Vintners has moved its Premiere Napa Valley auction for the wine trade to 1-5 June 2021 and has begun meeting with vintners and volunteers on wrapping up Auction Napa Valley in its previous form while brainstorming how to leverage Napa Valley’s wines to care for its community going forward.
For a complete listing of auction lots, please visit here.