70 Years Of Napa Wines To Highlight Bonhams & Butterfields June Auction

. April 21, 2011 . 0 Comments

Bonhams & Butterfields announce the summer Wine auction on June 18, 2011 in San Francisco, simulcast to Los Angeles. The sale, consisting of numerous fine and rare wines, will feature several collections of important Bordeaux and Burgundy vintages as well as the first wine produced by Inglenook following Prohibition in 1933. Highlights will also include a selection of extraordinary California “Cult” wines including a rare magnum of 2007 Scarecrow, which will be offered to benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley’s Cameo Community Program.

Highlights from the June auction include an extremely rare magnum of 2007 Scarecrow, which will be offered to benefit the Cameo Community Program, a 501(3)c through Arts Council Napa Valley. This will fund community and educational outreach at the Cameo Theater in St. Helena, California in the heart of the Napa Valley.

The Inglenook wines featured in the June sale are from the private family collection of John Daniel, Jr., winemaker at Inglenook from 1939 to 1964. The rare-to-market offering includes two bottles of the 1933 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (est. $1,000-2,000 each) that was the first wine produced by Inglenook following Prohibition, and a wine which James Laube of Wine Spectator described as “…stunning…with a deep, dark color and rich, complex, concentrated flavors.”

Also featured within the private family collection will be the famed 1941 Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (est. $2,500-$3,500) from one of the greatest California vintages of the 20th Century, as well as the 1941 Inglenook Charbono (est. $100-$500). This Charbono is especially notable as the first vintage of charbono made by Inglenook. These wines, due to their extreme rarity and personal connection to John Daniel, Jr., may easily surpass these estimates.

Classic California wines from an important Napa Valley Cellar will also be prominently featured within the summer auction. Highlights include a two-bottle offering of 2005 Screaming Eagle (est. $3,000-4,000). These extraordinary lots are presented in original wooden cases and have been stored in a perfect temperature and humidity-controlled environment.

An excellent selection of First and Second-Growth Bordeaux from a Bay Area Collector will also be featured, including, among many superb lots, cases of 1989 Chateau Haut Brion (est. $12,000-$15,000) and 1990 Chateau Margaux (est. $9,000-$11,000), both are presented in original wooden cases and rated 100 points by Robert Parker.

The illustrated auction catalog for the Wine Auction will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com.

Auction: June 18, 2011, San Francisco, simulcast to Los Angeles


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