What They're Saying:
Our latest press release from Premiere Napa Valley 2014
Another testament to the quality of wines coming from the former dentist turned Rock Star winemaker, came from this past weekend’s Premier Napa Valley (PNV) Wine Auction, which supports local nonprofit agencies in the areas of healthcare, youth development and affordable housing. We are honored that Steve’s wines continue to receive such high recognition and as our most loyal fans most frequent visitors, we wanted to be the first to share with you the inspiring results from Saturday’s record setting wine auction.Totaling over $166,000, including the sale of the Tres Locos barrel lot for $80,000, Steve Reynolds and the four wines he made contributed 3% to the record all-time high of $5.9 million raised at PNV. The only other winemakers wines to raise more than 3% of the record total, were three wines from the iconic Celia Welch (Scarecrow was highest lot sold at $260,000) and the legendary Philippe Melka, who contributed seven different wines to this year’s auction.
Having the 9th highest selling auction lot, with an average bottle price of $333 for the Tres Locos lot, Steve’s wine far exceeded the average selling price of $283/btl for all wines sold at this year’s PNV.
So the next time your evening calls for a celebration or you just want a great bottle of wine with dinner, we hope you will reach for one of Steve’s delicious creations and share it with friends and family. We look forward to your next visit to the winery, and if you can’t wait that long, please give us a call or email Natalie and we would be happy to share with you Steve’s latest and greatest vintages!
Wine Enthusiast’s Coverage of PNV reiterates just how “BIG” this year’s auction was and how well Steve’s lot’s contributed to the overall success - http://www.winemag.com/March-2014/Premiere-Napa-Valley-Hits-It-Out-of-the-Park/.
About Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction
Napa Valley’s wine region is famous for its physical beauty, consistent wine quality and a unique spirit of camaraderie. No other region, or industry for that matter, comes together in the same way to share knowledge about being good stewards of the land, creating innovative and consistent wines, and taking care of its community.
In 1981, Robert and Margrit Mondavi, along with a small group of their vintner peers, hatched a way to use the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines to raise funds for the area’s local hospitals and created the first Napa Valley Wine Auction at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena.
To date the Napa Valley Vintners has donated more than $120 million from Auction Napa Valley, as the event is known today, to support many local nonprofit agencies in the areas of healthcare, youth development and affordable housing. Our wines and vintners receive the attention and accolades they’ve earned and our community benefits from the good work of the nonprofit partners we’re able to financially support.
Produced in California's renowned Napa Valley, Premiere Napa Valley is one of the rarest wine brands in the world. For 17 years the region's top winemakers have offered ultra-boutique wines to the trade, crafted in as few as 60 bottles and never more than 240 bottles, as individual bottlings for the brand known as Premiere Napa Valley.
These wines, created each only once, by 200 different wineries are offered as futures at auction only to the wine trade—individual restaurateurs and wine retailers—so they have the most unique, and some of the very best wines made from America’s leading appellation. Essentially think of Premiere Napa Valley as a brand consisting of 200 "single vineyard," small case production offerings.
Each wine from each producer is one-of-a-kind, and will not be found in the market except by the wine seller who secures the unique wine via an annual trade auction held each winter. Though reminiscent of how Hospice de Beaune wines are produced, the process is uniquely American. The winemakers take a gloves-off approach, often using varieties they may not bottle as a stand-alone, or perhaps a noted white-wine-only house producing a red wine. These wines are innovative and showcase the region's sense of explorations in fine winemaking.
Steven Spurrier of the infamous 'Judgement of Paris' 1976 wine competition regaled Steves wines as having 'European restraint..' and selected our 2009 Reserve Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon as his favorite out of a blind 65 wine tasting.
Napa’s People’s Choice voted him “Best Winemaker” three years in a row, as well as voting Reynolds
“Best Boutique Winery” this year
"Best Winemaker” and “Best Boutique Winery” in Napa Valley.