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Lots of Interest: Morrell (2/21/09)

Posted by ChipDWood, Feb 20, 2009.

Morrell Wine Auctions has a sharp looking auction scheduled live and in real-time online tomorrow. You can get to their home page by going here:

http://auction.morrellwineauctions.com/



But I wanted to take a sec to point out a lot that caught my eye:

Lot #410
http://auction.morrellwineauctions....

"Paul Hobbs Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 2002
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle

Penfolds, Shiraz, Kalimna Bin 28 - Vintage 2000
South Australia,
Labels: two are lightly bin soiled, one is lightly scuffed.
2 Bottles

Silver Oak Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa - Vintage 2001
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Magnum

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fay - Vintage 1996
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, SLV - Vintage 1996
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle

Above 5 bottles and 1 magnum
Estimate: $300 - $450

This is the kind of thing that one often finds at auction. A MAGNUM of the '01 Silver Oaks Napa, thrown in with bottles of the 1996 Stags' Leap Wine Cellars "SLV" & "Fay", and bottles of the Penfolds & Hobbs cab. It's like a joyous little grab bag, in good shape, with only a tinge of label scuffing on the Aussie to keep it from interest from the retailers - which is a GOOD THING for the drinkers in the audience.

Finding lots with only superficial damage is a fantastic way to pick up wines for less- especially at auction, as retailers & brokers who may have interest in the wine are often scared away from things like bin soiled or torn labels. And where pretty labels may please the eye- higher levels and clean capsules are what really please the palate.

Exit lot: Was tempted to keep this one to myself, but my conscious got the best of me:

Lot #682
http://auction.morrellwineauctions....

"Clos du Marquis - Vintage 2000
St.-Julien,
Excellent Appearance.
6 Bottles
"One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage's classified growths. Dense, opaque purple-colored, with creme de cassis, vanilla, and cherry notes, medium to full body, an unctuous texture, low acidity, and a more evolved style than its bigger sibling, Léoville-Las Cases..." 91 points, RMP."

Estimate: $240 - $350 (already at $280)..."

I'm probably going to ruin the guy's day that had this bid to $280... but even for the high of $350, the baby brother to the 2000 Leoville-Las-Cases would cruise in under $70 after premium and before tax:

http://www.snooth.com/wine/clos-du-...

...Ya know what I'm sayin'?

And those are just a few lots of interest.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 20, 2009.

Well done, where oh where are the Italian lots of interest? Scratch that, let's not give away all our secrets!

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Reply by ChipDWood, Feb 20, 2009.

...I reiterate: Ya know what I'm sayin'?

;)

Honestly: Not as much Italian in this sale. Some, but dominated by Bordeaux & Cali this time around. There's some Quilceda Creek in there too by the by: check out lot #28

http://auction.morrellwineauctions....

Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2004 - 1 Bottle
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2005 - 2 Bottles
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galitzine Vineyard Vintage 2004 - 1 Bottle
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galitzine Vineyard Vintage 2005 - 2 Bottles

That's a great little "duo vertical" of one of Washington State's headliners.

Wish I actually had some money to buy some of this stuff.


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