ST. HELENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Top wine professionals from around the globe spent a record $6 million yesterday on behalf of their customers to acquire wines from the Premiere Napa Valley portfolio, some of the rarest wines being produced in Napa Valley today. The 19th annual Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and auction, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association, saw more than 700 top wine trade guests vying for a diverse range of wine styles, more than 90% of which are from the already-heralded 2013 vintage.
The 225 lots of wine created for and sold exclusively at yesterday’s event were crafted in micro-lots of as few as 60 bottles and never more than 240 for this one offering and will never be produced again. The limited-edition wines were presented in barrel and sold as futures. Upon release, each bottle will be specially labeled and hand-numbered, adding to the cachet of the Premiere Napa Valley portfolio.
“I have been collecting Premiere Napa Valley wines for years and each time I purchase these wines I feel like I am in some way a part of the Napa Valley community,” noted Jodi Starkman, a wine enthusiast who resides in Southern California. “Each bottle tells a unique story of Napa Valley’s soil, sun and winemaking craftsmanship that I then have a chance to share with friends over dinner or as a gift. With each bottle being numbered as part of a highly limited edition offering, I feel like I am collecting a piece of art, which only a very few other people will experience.”
Premiere Napa Valley showcases the region’s commitment to producing innovative wines of the highest quality by encouraging winemakers to create lots made from specific blocks of vines, blending juice from multiple vineyards, collaborating in distinct ways with other noted winemakers and, in general, uniquely expressing the story of Napa Valley’s diverse grape growing and winemaking styles within each bottle.
Some trends noticed at this year’s event: the top twenty lots included both classic, well-known Napa Valley brands and newer, yet-to-be-discovered producers; longtime bidders demonstrated their continued support, along with new event attendees who vied for these unique wines for the first time; interest in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon continued to be strong; and the appeal found in the balanced wines from the 2013 vintage was universal.
Top wine buyers bidding at the event included: Total Wine & More, with numerous locations around the United States; Cliffewood Wine Syndicate of Little Rock, AR; Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, with three stores in New Jersey; Wine Library of Springfield, NJ; Beverage Warehouse of Los Angeles; Nakagawa Wine Co., an import company based in Tokyo, Japan; The Wine House of Los Angeles; N16 Cellars of Arcadia, CA; Meritage Wine Market of Encinitas, CA; and Veraison, a private club in Zurich, Switzerland.
“I’m everyone’s favorite dinner guest when I bring Premiere wines and share a bottle that people around the table would probably not otherwise have a chance to experience,“ noted Mary Byron of New Jersey and longtime customer of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace. “I’ve learned so much about the sheer variety of wines from Napa Valley and the creativeness of their winemakers by experimenting with different Premiere wines, and I have never been disappointed.”
Collectors interested in procuring these high-quality, limited production wines for their own cellar can obtain information on where to acquire them at http://www.premierenapawines.com/.
To learn more about the numbers behind yesterday’s Premiere Napa Valley, visit http://napavintners.com/press/press_release_detail.asp?ID_News=800080.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 500 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Proceeds from Premiere Napa Valley support the NVV’s mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation. Learn more at napavintners.com.