The 2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner and Auction was held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach.

 

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ANTICA - THE VISION

It’s hard not to be enchanted by California. The state’s beauty and natural resources have beckoned people from the far reaches of the world for years. So it’s fitting that after Piero Antinori’s first visit to Napa Valley in 1966, he couldn’t get The Golden State out of his mind.

 

It took 20 years, but when he returned to California in the mid-1980s, Piero Antinori was a man with a plan. The Antinori family purchased shares in a venture along with England’s Whitbread and France’s Champagne Bollinger to develop a 1,200 acre Napa Valley wine estate on a high plain in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. The hilly terrain was considered to be above all an ideal wine growing country, but while some may have scratched their heads and asked, “Why here?” Marchese Antinori knew that the property’s location—with its rocky soil, high elevation, and drop-dead gorgeous landscape—had great potential for growing quality wine grapes.

 

“More  statuesque  and  compelling  is  the  2008  Antica  Cabernet  Sauvignon  Townsend Vineyard.  Initially  restrained,  this  dense  ruby/purple-colored  wine  offers  up  notes  of forest floor, blackberries and cassis along with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and attractive elegance and purity. Multilayered with sweet tannin, it should age nicely for 15+ years.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes:

• Twelve 750 ml bottles of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

• Two Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

• Two Double Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

 

Donated by:

Linda Costello

 

Winning Bid: $2,800

 

 

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ANCESTRY & ARTISTRY

THE ANTINORI FAMILY’S ICONIC WINES

The Antinori Family has been making wine for over 625 years. Throughout its long history, spanning  26  generations,  the  family  has  always  personally  managed  the  business  making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Piero Antinori is President of the company, assisted by his three daughters  –  Albiera,  Allegra  and  Alessia.  The  commitment  to  tradition,  passion  and innovation has made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines.

 

Cervaro della Sala

The  wine’s  name  translates  as  “Stag  of  the  Hall.”  Cervaro  is  a  blend  of  Chardonnay  and Grechetto grapes and is noteworthy for its fruit intensity, profound minerality and excellent aging potential.

 

Solaia

Solaia  celebrates  Chianti  Classico’s  ability  to  express  Cabernet  Sauvignon,  Sangiovese  and Cabernet  Franc  grapes.  Marchesi  Antinori  first  produced  this  wine  with  the  1978  vintage. Solaia is produced only in exceptional years.

 

Tignanello

The original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety (Cabernet Sauvignon) in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. Tignanello is only made in the best vintage years.

 

Guado al Tasso

First  produced  in  1990,  Guado  al  Tasso  expresses  all  the  strength  and  softness  of  the Maremma region, with subtle balsamic aromas that lead to powerful, yet well-balanced and stylish flavors.

 

Includes 3 bottles each of the following wines:

• Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro Umbria IGT, 2010

• Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, 2008

• Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, 2008

• Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore DOC, 2008

 

Donated by:

Marchesi Antinori

 

Winning Bid: $3,200

 

 

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THE MANDES MANDATE I

When PBWA Chairman Ted Mandes talks, you should listen. For years now, he's been advising that one of the greatest undiscovered treasures in the wine world is Ed and Trish Snider's Beau Vigne. Well, let's say the cat's out of the bag and, unless you were hatched on another planet, you now know all about these fantastic wines. In fact, when none  other  than  Robert  Parker  tasted  them,  he  was  just  oored.  This  is  one  of  my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off­-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious  attention.  They  all  come  from  a  small  nine-acre  vineyard  in  the  Stags  Leap appellation.”

 

“Th­e 2010 offering of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is racy, ripe, vibrant and enormously enjoyable.  It  is  not  an  overly  complicated  wine  but  a  wine  that  treats  its  owner  like royalty. ­The fruit, flavor, structure and texture are in perfect harmony. ­There are elegant frontal aromas of light ripe plum and dried currant. Further along the nuances become more savory with pomegranate, black currant, tobacco, clove and subtleties of cinnamon.  ­The savory continues on the mouth with a swirl of crisp red berry fruit that is not overly done but just perfect. The palate sensation crescendos to a powerful and complex mélange of cherry, raspberry, minerality, espresso bean, vanilla, and spices. The force of flavor in this Reserve plateaus and carries back on sturdy shoulders of tannin, acid and French oak influence that tapers off with a delicious finish. ­This is not a rugged but well built wine that  drinks  like  a first  growth  Bordeaux.  If  aged  correctly  I  think  this  Cabernet  will survive to 2030 and beyond.”  Kirk Venge, Beau Vigne

 

Includes one specially boxed Magnum of:

• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

 

Donated by:

Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

 

Winning Bid:  $1,000

 

 

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MANDES MANDATE II

BIGGER IS EVEN BETTER

This is the only six liter ever made of this vintage.

 

Includes:

• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

 

Donated by:

Annie and Roger Warwick

 

Winning Bid: $2,500

 

 

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DINNER FOR 8 AT BEVAN CELLARS

IN NAPA VALLEY

Russell  Bevan  is  becoming  one  of  the  most  dynamic  winemakers  in  all  of California  and  has  been  given  plaudits  by  both  Wine  Spectator  and  Robert Parker.    His wines  consistently  rate  in  the  high  90s.    This  will  be  a  great opportunity to taste these very special wines.

 

“Our approach to winemaking has remained constant since our first vintage. We  inspect every grape after it has been removed from the stem. We discard every one that doesn’t meet our standards; typically sacrificing six to eight percent of our  fruit  during  this  process.  From  that  stage  on,  every  wine  is  crafted  to maximize balance and textures. Each of our vineyards imparts their fruit with such pure flavors that we strive to bring all of the components into harmony.

 

All  of  our  wines  are  aged  in  new  French  barrels,  including  Remond,  François Frères and Gamba for our Syrahs and Darnajou and Taransaud for Cabernet Sauvignon.  We  evaluate  each  barrel  of  wine  biweekly,  allowing  the  wines  to dictate  to  us  how  they  are  treated  in  terms  of  racking,  barrel  stirring,  sulfur additions and bottling.” 
Russell Bevan

 

Includes:

• Dinner for 8 at the home of Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo

• Private tour and tasting at Bevan Cellars

 

Donated by:

Cindy and Ted Mandes

 

Winning Bid: $2,100

 

 

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A RARE METHUSELAH OF

THE GREAT 100 PT. 2003 LE PAVILLON

Not only is this wine one of the great wines made in the first decade of the 21st century, but it is an exceedingly rare Methuselah.  Only a handful of this format was  made  in  this  vintage.    Ladies  and  gentlemen,  this  is  a  simply  amazing opportunity  to  own  a  true  collectible,  one  that  will  increase  in  value exponentially in the years to come.

 

“A legend of the future is the 2003 Ermitage Le Pavillon (659 cases).Th­e equal of such stupendous examples as 1990 and 1989, the 2003 is incredibly rich as well as awesomely well-delineated and fresh. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by a  subtle  but  impressively  intense  nose  of  barbecue  smoke,  crème  de  cassis, blueberries, blackberries, and white flowers. Th­e wine cascades over the palate (15.8%  natural  alcohol)  with  extraordinary  richness,  intensity,  and  silkiness.  Th­is  seamlessly  constructed  Hermitage  is,  analytically,  high  in  tannin,  but extremely  low  in  acidity,  with  a  freaky  accessibility  (a  vintage  character). Prodigiously concentrated and high in extract, it should last for a half century or longer. It will be fascinating to follow over the next several decades.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes one Methuselah of:

• Chapoutier Le Pavillon, 2003

 

Donated by:

Madeline and Roderic Fink

 

Winning Bid: $4,350

 

 

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BEAUTY AND BRAINS

You’ve seen her picture and you’ve read about both her and her wines in every wine publication you can imagine.  She’s talented, smart, and she’s as beautiful as her wines. We’re talking about Ann Colgin, of course.

 

Ann’s  wines  are  reference  points  for  just  what  heights  mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in  Napa  Valley.  Ann  is  assisted  by  David  Abreu,  the  well-known  Bordeaux wine  consultant,  Dr.  Alain  Raynaud,  and  Allison  Tauziet,  who  has  skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert.

 

“Th­ere are 475 cases of the 2007 IX Syrah Estate, which offers up flowery, roasted meat, balsamic, tar, and blackberry characteristics in a full-bodied format. ­The wine reveals sweet tannin, and layers of fruit, including a note of lavender that emerges as the wine sits in the glass. It should drink well for a decade.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes a five .750 L bottle vertical of

• Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah, 2003-2007

 

Donated by:

Colgin Cellars

 

Winning Bid:  $2,200

 

 

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AN ASSORTED CASE OF COLGIN

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

“Although  the  2001  Cabernet  Sauvignon  Herb  Lamb  Vineyard  is  the  most developed, it remains a youthful adolescent with exceptional intensity. Notes of tapenade, bay leaf, crème de cassis, charcoal and hints of truffles as well as new saddle leather emerge from this opaque purple-hued 2001. ­The gorgeous perfume is followed by rich, concentrated, full-bodied flavors, sweet tannin and beautiful intensity, purity and balance. It can be drunk now (although 4-5 more years of cellaring will prove beneficial) and over the next 25 years.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

“Th­e 2004 IX Proprietary Red Wine (1,258 cases from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) is amazing out of bottle. Flamboyant, super-fragrant aromas of graphite, crème de cassis, espresso roast, flowers, and the entire black and blue fruit spectrum jump from the   glass   of   this   gorgeous   wine.   In   the   mouth,   silky   tannin   and   a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like mouth feel are offered without heaviness or coarseness. ­This totally profound wine exhibits what a great site, extraordinary winemaking, and a commitment to excellence can produce. It should drink well for two decades.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes six .750 L bottles of:

• Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001

• Colgin “IX Estate,” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

 

Donated by:

Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb

 

Winning Bid: $5,500

 

 

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RARE JEROBOAMS FROM DOMAINE PONSOT

“Roasted red meats, dark cherry and purple plum tinged with black pepper, black tea,  and  soy  characterize  Ponsot’s  2007  Clos  Vougeot,  which  combines  rich ripeness, expansiveness, and textural polish with an invigoratingly bright fruit skin  edge  and  saliva-inducing,  saline  savor.  While  the  fine  tannins  here  are impeccably tucked-in, it is one instance where the roughly 14% alcohol achieved in  Ponsot’s  crus  from  2007  is  felt  as  slight  finishing  heat.  But  that  is  a  minor deterrent to the appreciation of a singularly fine achievement for its vintage and a testimony to the stature of the best sites in this enormous as well as famous grand cru, and one that should stand for two decades.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

“Th­is is one of the two barrels we still have left that was crafted from an oak tree grown in the village of Morey-St.-Denis in 1954,” says Ponsot as I taste his 2008 Clos Vougeot  from it. Neither it nor the (at least slightly!) younger barrels here interfere with this wine’s strong flow of juicy plum and blackberry along with soy-like, saline savor. Hints of game, along with roasted red meat richness typical for its appellation well up as this opens to the air. Fine-grained tannins offer a reassuring   sense   of   support   structure   and   this  finishes   with   impressive persistence.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of:

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2007

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2008

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2009

 

Donated by:

Chris N. Kritikos

 

Winning Bid: $4,600

 

 

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2010 DOMAINE PHILIPPE SENARD

Cortons  are  coming  back  into  fashion.  For  too  many  years  this  very  large appellation  has  su­ered  from  the  conception  that  since  one  has  to  wait  a lifetime of cellaring to drink the red Cortons they were not collectible. It is true that mature Corton is a wine of splendor and very worth the wait but there is enough easy and early drinking wine in the world. The Senard Domaine is now in the hands of Lorraine, Philippe's daughter, and she is determined to bring the Domaine into the top rank of Corton producers.

 

“The 2010 Clos du Roi is breathtakingly good.”

“The 2010 Corton Bressandes is rich, persistent and impressively complex.”

“The 2010 Corton Clos de Meix offers excellent richness.”

“The 2010 Corton Blanc is impressively rich, concentrated and broad-shouldered.”

All of the above are quotes from Allen Meadows, Burghound

 

Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of 2010 Domaine Philippe Senard:

• Corton Clos du Roi

• Cotton Bressandes

• Corton Clos de Meix

• Corton Paulands

• Corton Blanc

 

Donated by:

Sharyn and Stuart Frankel

 

Winning Bid: $2,600

 

 

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A FULL CASE OF 2006 KOSTA BROWNE

RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR

“Flavorful, intense  wines  -  that  is  our  goal.  We  believe  every  wine  should  be bursting with flavor. ­This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own sweet spot of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential.

 

Our  single  vineyard  wines  are  blended  to  express  the  specific  qualities  and consistencies of our pedigreed vineyards. Pinot Noir is the perfect palate to define the terroir of these plantings.

 

We  offer  two  appellation  wines:  our  Sonoma  Coast  and  Russian  River.  These wines  are  blended  to  represent  the  best  of  our  vineyards  in  each  specific appellation. Quality is of utmost importance with these blends.”  Don Kosta

 

Includes twelve 750 ml bottles of:

• Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir, 2006

 

Donated by:

Craig and Rochelle Menin/ Menin Development, Inc.

 

Winning Bid: $3,600

 

 

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A TRANQUIL STAY IN BEAUTIFUL CHAMPAGNE

In  the  heart  of  the  Champagne  region,  only  a  short  step  from  the  center  of  the Coronation City of Reims, the “Assiette Champenoise” welcomes you in a unique setting that combines all the timeless charm of a fine old mansion with the contemporary design of an exceptional hotel and restaurant.

 

L'Assiette  Champenoise,  also  known  as  Château  de  la  Muire,  is  a  family  run  hotel  in Tinqueux, a suburb of Reims, located just over a mile away from the city center. It is a modestly priced  4 star hotel and o?ers a range of excellent facilities for guests. In particular, its restaurant is one of the best in North East France and boasts 2 Michelin stars. The chef is the renowned Arnaud Lallement. Recently refurbished in an art-deco style, the hotel's ambiance oozes luxury and immaculate class.

 

The hotel sits in a suburban location, just a few minutes’ drive from the Centre of Reims. If you are seeking a more peaceful getaway, this 19th Century, half-timbered house, set in 4 acres of parkland is an ideal tranquil setting.

 

It  off­ers  all  of  the  facilities  you  would  expect  from  this  grade  of  accommodation.  An indoor  swimming  pool  and  sauna  complement  the  relaxing  atmosphere.  The  newly refurbished  bar  is  delightful,  with  an  impressive  wine  list  notable  for  its  range  and quality  and  including  Krug  by  the  glass.  The  bar  leads  out  onto  a  quaint  terrace overlooking the grounds.

 

L’Assiette Champenoise is truly one of the great country estate hotels in all of France.

 

Includes:

• One night stay for two in a new suite at the L'Assiette Champenoise

• A gastronomic dinner for two persons with wine pairings

 

Donated by:

L'Assiette Champenoise, Arnaud Lallement

 

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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THE LOUIS XIII EXPERIENCE FOR EIGHT

Louis XIII  has assembled this unique opportunity  to experience the King of Spirit at your home (South FL area) with 8 guests. The evening will start with a Charles Heidsieck Champagne reception served with hors d'oeuvres and then culminate  with  a  Louis  XIII  Moment  guided  by  the  Louis  XIII  Brand Ambassador,  Mathieu  Levy.  Louis  XIII  de  Remy  Martin  Grand  Champagne Cognac is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie, aged from 40 to 100 years. Since its first release  in  1874,  it  has  been  the  cognac  of  elite  and  dignitaries  like  Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

 

Includes:

• Louis XIII Tasting Experience for 8 in the privacy of your home

• Charles Heidsieck Champagne Reception

• Hors d'oeuvres

• 1 oz serving of Louis XIII for each guest

 

Donated by:

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

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Includes:

• Four Chef's Tasting Menus with Wine Accompaniment

 

Donated by:

Per Se Restaurant

 

 

Winning Bid: $6,200

 

 

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THE LOUIS XIII CONNOISSEUR'S JOURNEY

Here's  an  absolutely  fantastic  interactive  visit  for  two  at  Remy  Martin  in  the heart of Cognac, France.

 

“A great experience for any Cognac (or wine) lover that began with a private tour of the cellars of Remy Martin, a lesson in distillation, then a tasting of the selection  of  Remy  Martin  Cognacs  paired  with  bites  from  their  in-house  chef.  ­The  visit continued with a barrel tasting of Louis XIII with Deputy Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau.  After the tour they opened the Remy shop for us so that we could buy hard  to  find  cognacs  that  aren't  available  in  the  US.  ­The  highlight  was  the candlelit  dinner  in  the  private  distillery  next  to  the  owner  of  Remy  Martin's chateau prepared by the chef just for us, accompanied by fantastic wines from the cellar and capped off with what else...Louis XIII.” Jill Sloane, past recipient of this lot

 

Includes:

• Discovery of our vineyards in the Grand Champagne, "Champetre"        

   breakfast.

• The wine making and the distillation in the heart of our distillery in        

   Touzac accompanied by the master distiller. Olfactive discovery of young 

   eaux-de-vie. "Traditional" lunch in our distillery's dining room

• Visit of the Merpins Estate, production site of Remy Martin cognac at 

   di­fferent stages of aging at the House of Remy Martin in Cognac

• Private access to our "Reference Room" which shelters a part of our Louis 

   XIII cognac heritage.

• Tasting of Louis XIII in private lounge. Formal service including designs 

   by Christophe Pullet.

• Departure to Saint-Même-les-Carrières in the Grand Champagne,

   discovery of the family property "Le Grollet," cradle of Louis XIII cognac

• Visit to Louis XIII cellar.

 

Donated by:

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

 

Winning Bid: $1,700

 

 

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LOUIS XIII REMY MARTIN

GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC

It  took  thousands  to  crown  Louis  XIII  King  of  France.  More  than  four centuries later, a single bottle of the cognac that bears his name still requires nearly 10,000 individuals to produce.

 

“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it's a moment.” A moment of pleasure fit for a king. Each hand-crafted Baccarat crystal decanter of Louis XIII contains a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old and requiring the combined expertise of three generations of Cellar Masters.  A  solid  gold  collar  and  signature  fleur-de-lys  crystal  stopper  adorn every  decanter.  Its  Baroque-style  glass  and  design  recall  the  grandeur  of  the Baroque era of King Louis XIII, while its noble taste pleases palates the world over today.

 

Includes one 750 ml bottle of:

• Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac

 

Donated by:

Jane M. Mitchell

 

Winning Bid: $2,000

 

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A MAGNIFICENT ROLEX WATCH

The Rolex Yacht-Master II 44 mm  in  steel  and  18 ct  yellow  gold.  Featuring a 18 ct yellow gold bezel with a blue cerachrom insert in ceramic.  A self-winding movement with a programmable regatta countdown and mechanical memory, officially  certified  Swiss  chronometer.    A  white  and  yellow  gold  dial  complete with an oyster bracelet and safety clasp with easylink comfort extension link.

 

Donated by:

Mayors Jewelers

 

Winning Bid: $27,000

 

 

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A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE FOR FOUR

AT RUDD VINEYARDS

In  1996  when  food  and  wine  entrepreneur  Leslie  Rudd  purchased  a  55-acre estate  in  Oakville,  an  appellation  recognized  for  its  outstanding  Cabernet Sauvignon, he realized a 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley. Today, the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate's Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Leslie Rudd, we are proud to off­er two couples a VIP experience to remember for a lifetime.

 

Includes:

• Three nights stay for two couples (2 double rooms) in Napa Valley

• Private tour and tasting with the winemaker at Rudd Winery

• VIP winemaker dinner at Press Restaurant with wines selected by Leslie Rudd

• Private tour, tasting and lunch at Edge Hill winery in St. Helena

• Large format bottle

 

Donated by:

Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

 

Winning Bid: $5,800

 

 

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A DOUBLE MAGNUM OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED

“Ever since Leslie Rudd acquired this estate, formerly known as Girard, at the corner of the Silverado Trail and the Oakville Crossroads, he has been hell-bent to build it into not only one of the finest in Napa Valley, but in the world. ­This has  involved  a  number  of  bold  moves,  including  installing  super-star  David Abreu  as  vineyard  manager,  bringing  in  Pat  Sullivan  as  the  winemaker,  and hiring   Bordeaux’s   globe-trotting   consultant,   Michel   Rolland.  The   current portfolio is Rudd’s strongest to date. ­The Bordeaux varietal offerings come from one of Napa Valley’s classic sectors, which