posted on February 26, 2011 16:37
2011 Napa Valley Premiere Auction - Highest proceeds ever, $2,366,000!
.....The day before the auction, Napa Valley Vintners and the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA, typically host a wine-tasting event, allowing auction guests to sample Napa VAlley wines from recent vintages. This gives participants a way to benchmark different vintages - and learn how the wines are aging.
...How surprised was I to learn that the 2006 wine, which I rated 95 Points, the 2007 wine, which I rated 96 Points, and the phenomenal 2008 wine, which I rated 97 Points, were all Bennett Lane Cabernets, crafted by winemaker Grant Hermann.
Way to go, Grant! These were my favorite wines of the weekend, and the good news for readers is that they don't cost like top-tier wines; you don't have to have deep pockets like Mr. Nakagawa to enjoy them.