Skinner, Inc. to hold live auction of Fine Wines on May 2

. April 23, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. – Skinner, Inc. will hold a live auction of Fine Wines on May 2nd in its Boston gallery. Following the event, a second offering of lots will be open for bidding beginning May 3rd through May 11th exclusively online with Skinner’s timed auction platform. In partnership with Lower Falls Wine Company of Newton, MA, the Skinner May auction of Fine Wines offers investment grade bottles from most corners of the earth, as well as wines for current consumption, and 30 lots of fine ales.

Skinner Wine Auction

Bordeaux, Rhone, and Burgundy
Bordeaux is well represented in the sale. A spectacular collection amassed over four decades of careful selection spans the globe and focuses on not only the finest wines of a region, but outstanding vintages as well. Removed from custom-built home storage of 56 degrees and 75% relative humidity, this selection reveals the high degree of connoisseurship of this consignor. Highlights include solid Bordeaux offerings such as six bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 (lot 14, estimated between $5,500 and $7,500) and a 12-bottle lot of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986 (lot 20, $6,000 to $8,000) purchased on release by the consignor.

From another impressive cellar, a single bottle of Chateau Latour 1990 (lot 143, $500 to $700) will also be offered. A giant among giants, the 1990 Latour is a standout even alongside an impressive array of Bordeaux greats. Beguiling and alluring, this knockout will continue to develop for many years.

Five bottles of the extraordinary Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 (lot 79, $2,000 to $3,000) are fine examples of the complex wines from the Rhone region. Three bottles of Joseph Roty Charmes Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes 2005 (lot 266, $900 to $1,200) come from the large selection of Burgundy that will be offered. The fruit for this wine grew on vines that are more 120 years old, providing lessons on history and terroir in a single glass.

Napa Valley
Selections from Napa Valley include a 10-bottle vertical of Screaming Eagle spanning a decade (lot 112, $18,000 to $24,000) and a vertical collection of the Screaming Eagle second label, Second Flight (lot 113, $3,000 to $4,000).

A unique 12-bottle vertical lot of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (lot 13, $1,200 to $1,800) offers a comprehensive view of a vintage often considered one America’s “First Growths.”

Two bottles of Harlan Estate 1994 (lot 176, $1,500 to $2,000) make up one of several lots of Harlan Estate on offer. The 1994 represents Harlan’s first 100-point score and is widely regarded as the point where this California legend began to hit its stride.

Multiple lots of Schrader Cellars include the producer’s CCS cabernet from Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard, the first wine to receive 100 point scores from Robert Parker for three consecutive years.

Fine Ales
As the first full-service auctioneer to offer beer at auction last year, Skinner has expanded its offering of fine ales to include 30 lots for this auction. Two exceedingly rare vintage Cantillon offerings include a single bottle of Cantillon Gueuze 1978 (lot 215, $400 to $600) and a bottle of Cantillon Brabantiæ 1989 (lot 216, $400 to $600). Another standout from this producer is a Cantillon Don Quijote 2008 (lot 195, $1,200 to $1,800), one of just 240 bottles released.

Four-year verticals of Three Floyds Dark Lord (lot 218, $300 to $500) and of The Bruery’s Black Tuesday (lot 220, $400 to $600) round out this exciting presentation of fine ales.

Global Wine Collection
A meticulously curated collection spanning the globe includes wines from Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Mendoza, and Ribera del Duero, among others. This selection of excellent, young wines includes six bottles of Chateau Pavie 2005 (lot 237, $1,300 to $1,800) and four bottles of Catena Zapata Nicolas 2005 from Argentina (lot 312, $250 to $325). A blend of Cabernet and Malbec sourced from high-altitude vineyards, this impressive wine will continue to develop for several more years before realizing its full potential. A 12-bottle lot of Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2001 from Alsace (lot 287, $900 to $1,400) will also be offered.

Online Auction
On May 3rd, the bidding will commence for the online Fine Wines auction. From single bottles to verticals, outstanding values to rarities, beautiful dinner lots, and spirits, the online-only auction has something for everyone. Highlights include the elusive 23-Year Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (lot 897, $1,000 to $1,500), 12 half bottles of Roger Sabon Prestige Chateauneuf du Pape 2005 (lot 661, $150 to $250), and a two-bottle lot of Bollinger Grand Annee Rose 1996 (lot 400, $250 to $400).

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