3 Reasons Why 2012 Napa Valley Wines Are Priceless (VIDEO)


2012 The Enchanted Napa Valley Vintage

Premiere Napa Valley 2014The country’s most sought after wine region lived up to its legacy when hungry wine enthusiasts converged on the Napa Valley for the record breaking 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Auction. The wine auction brought in close to twice as much money as it did last year raising $5.896 million in 3 1/2 hours. With the highest price Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon selling for $260,000 for 5 cases of wine. When I interviewed Glen Knight from Los Angeles’ the Wine House he said his record breaking purchase of the 2012 Scarecrow lot “Toto’s Opium Dream: Scene III” was money well spent.

Photo Credit: Ashley Teplin

Photo Credit: Ashley Teplin

After attending this year’s Premiere Napa Valley, interviewing wine lovers, winemakers and tasting dozens of examples of the 2012 wine samples, one thing is certain 2012 is an Enchanted Vintage!

Watch the video and see interviews with Scarecrow Wine winemaker Celia Welch, Mt. Brave Wines winemaker Christopher Carpenter, Antica Napa Valley winemaker Nate Weis, and Louis M. Martini Winery winemaker Michael Martini.

When it was all said and done over 1,000 wine lovers from around the world savored 225 wines handcrafted that were made in the most well known wine growing region in the country. The average wholesale price per bottle sold was $283, a reflection of the rarity of these wines, which were made exclusively for this year’s Premiere Napa Valley event. The 2012 vintage is widely regarded as the best in recent history.


 Russ Weis, NVV Board of Directors Chair/ Silverado Vineyards G.M.

“We are overwhelmed by the response we saw today. It shows there is a renewed confidence in the fine wine market in general and in Napa Valley wines specifically. We are grateful to the vintners who created such special wines for Premiere Napa Valley and especially for our trade partners from around the world who bid so generously.”

Linda Reiff, Napa Valley Vintners President & CEO

“We are humbled by the outpouring of support reflected in this epic Premiere Napa Valley. It will create many opportunities to help us promote, protect and enhance our beloved Napa Valley appellation and our extraordinary wines.”

Top earning lots: Scarecrow Wine; Schrader; Shafer Vineyards; ZD Wines; Robert Mondavi Winery; Cakebread Cellars; Bevan Cellars and Chateau Boswell Winery (joint lot); VHR, Vine Hill Ranch; CONSTANT, David Arthur Vineyards and Reynolds Family Winery (joint lot); Silver Oak Cellars; Joseph Phelps Vineyards; and BRAND Napa Valley.

Top trade accounts to acquire Premiere Napa Valley wines: Total Wine & More of Potomac, MD; Bounty Hunter of Napa, CA; Cliffewood Wine Syndicate of Little Rock, AR; Wine Library of Springfield, NJ; The Wine House of Los Angeles, CA; Gary’s Wine & Marketplace of Madison, NJ; Nakagawa Wine Company of Tokyo, Japan; Beverage Warehouse of Los Angeles, CA; Yakiniku Hiroshi of Honolulu, HI; Meritage Wine Market of Encinitas, CA; Zoes Restaurant of Virginia Beach, VA; and HEB of San Antonio, TX.

About the Napa Valley Vintners: The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence for 70 years by inspiring its 500 members to produce consistent quality wines, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

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