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"Lots of Interest", Morrell Wine Auctions, April 22nd (Wednesday)...

Posted by ChipDWood, Apr 17, 2009.


“Lots of Interest”
Morrell Wine Auctions
Live Internet Auction
http://auction.morrellwineauctions....

Wednesday, April 22nd 2009
Auction starts at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

~~~ Editor’s note: First off I humbly apologize for any (and all) grammatical and/or spelling errors- had to bang this one out in quick-time and whilst drinking copious amounts of Folgers (of the de-decaffeinated kind). Don't let my sloppy writing style disuade you in any way from heading over to Morrell's website to check out the catalog for yourself.

There’s some interesting stuff in this sale, the second of the year from Morrell, including some lowered prices for some of the typically higher (and thereby “out of my reach”) end items from Bordeaux, California, and Italy. Bit of white Burgundy too at the end there that has me thinking summer. So head over if any of these sound interesting to you, and browse around. As Wall Street begins to recover, the prices for wine are at a buying point as I type.

Go get something to share & imbibe, and have fun with it. That's where I'm headed.

Sincerely,
Christopher ~~~

Lot 15
10 bottles, early & mid-80’s Cali cabs...
Burgess Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vintage Selection - Vintage 1981
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle

Diamond Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Rock Terrace - Vintage 1982
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle

Diamond Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Hill - Vintage 1984
Napa Valley,
Level is neck-shoulder.
1 Bottle
"The 1984s appear to be the last of the big, bold, full-bodied, super-concentrated Diamond Creek. The wines produced after 1984 have been more polite and oenologically correct. What a shame! The enormous 1984 displays no signs of age in its dark, saturated ruby/purple color. The nose exhibits some evolution, with cedar, leather, and jammy fruit scents beginning to emerge. Still frightfully tannic, full-bodied, and highly extracted, this backward, chewy wine is one of the slowest evolving 1984s." 94 points, RMP.

Fisher Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coach Insignia - Vintage 1985
Sonoma County,
Two levels are neck-shoulder. Labels: one is wet stained, one is bin soiled.
2 Bottles

Navarro Correas, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coleccion Privada - Vintage 1985
Mendoza,
Level is high shoulder.
1 Bottle

Quivira, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley - Vintage 1990
Dry Creek Valley,
Two levels are high-mid shoulder.
2 Bottles

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 1985
Napa Valley,
Level is neck-shoulder.
1 Bottle

Sterling Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve - Vintage 1983
Napa Valley,
Level is neck-shoulder. Capsule is corroded.
1 Bottle

Above 10 bottles
$320 - 500
Opening at $260


Lot #18
Château Chasse-Spleen - Vintage 1989
Moulis-en-Médoc,
Six levels are neck-shoulder or better.
6 Bottles
"Make no mistake about it, the 1989 Chasse-Spleen is the finest wine this property has produced since their great 1949. This is a spectacularly rich, powerful, authoritative example of the vintage that can compete with and even surpass many of the most famous names. Layer upon layer of concentrated, sweet, expansive, blackcurrant fruit is wrapped in a frame of toasty new oak and decent acidity. An awesome wine!" 91 points, RMP.

Above 6 bottles
Opening at $240

Lot #39
Château Léoville-Barton - Vintage 1989
St.-Julien, Deuxième Cru Classé
Excellent Appearance.
(*92 pts, Wine Spectator)
6 Bottles
$380 - $700

Lot #117
Far Niente, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 1990
Napa Valley,
Two capsules are slightly corroded.
2 Magnums
$160 - $300


Lot # 160
Silver Oak Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander - Vintage 1992
Alexander Valley,
Two labels are scuffed.
5 Bottles
"It possesses that tell-tale Silver Oak, lavishly oaky, Provencal herb, sweet, smoky, jammy black-cherry and cassis-scented nose. Full-bodied, opulent, and succulent..." 92 points, RMP.
Above 5 Bottles
$200 - $400

Lot # 200
Chassagne-Montrachet, L. Latour - Vintage 1989
Côte de Beaune,
Seven levels are 1" below cork or better. Five labels are lightly bin soiled.
7 Bottles
$110 - $220

Lot # 221
Behrens & Hitchcock, Syrah, Homage to Ed Oliveira, Alder Springs Vineyard - Vintage 2002
Mendocino County,
Excellent Appearance.
5 Bottles

Behrens & Hitchcock, Syrah, Homage to Ed Olivera, Alder Springs Vineyard - Vintage 2003
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
3 Bottles
Above 8 bottles
$190 - $300

Lot # 268
Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Insignia - Vintage 2005
Napa Valley,
(92 points, WS, even higher from Parker)
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles
$180 - $280

Lot # 388
Château Meyney - Vintage 1979
St.-Estèphe,
Level is high shoulder. Label is lightly bin soiled.
1 Magnum

Dominus Estate - Vintage 1989
Napa Valley,
Label is badly torn, wet stained, bin soiled. Capsule is slightly corroded.
1 Magnum
Above 2 magnums
$120 - $240

Lot # 478
Hourglass, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 2003
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
6 Bottles
$220 - $400

Lot # 562
Château Léoville-Barton - Vintage 1996
St.-Julien, Deuxième Cru Classé
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle
"This impressive wine is a classic. Although backward, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to abundant black currant fruit intertwined with spicy oak and truffle-like scents. The wine is brilliantly made, full-bodied, and tightly-structured with plenty of muscle and outstanding concentration and purity." 92 points, RMP.

Château Léoville-Poyferré - Vintage 1995
St.-Julien, Deuxième Cru Classé
Two labels are lightly bin soiled.
2 Bottles

Clos du Marquis - Vintage 1990
St.-Julien,
Three levels are very high shoulder or better. Three labels are bin soiled.
3 Bottles

Above 6 bottles
$280 - $520


Lot # 567
Bonny Doon Vineyard, Le Cigare Volant - Vintage 1999
Santa Cruz,
Label is bin soiled.
1 Bottle

Miner, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 1998
Napa Valley,
One capsule is nicked.
3 Bottles

Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vineyard Reserve, Proprietary Red - Vintage 1999
Napa Valley,
Four labels are scuffed.
4 Bottles

Steele Wines, Syrah, Stymie - Vintage 2000
Lake County,
Excellent Appearance.
4 Bottles

Above 12 bottles
$160 - $320

Lot # 610
Château St. Jean, Cinq Cépages - Vintage 1994
Sonoma County,
Three labels are lightly bin soiled.
7 Bottles

Paradigm, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 2000
Napa Valley,
Label is lightly bin soiled.
1 Bottle

Above 8 bottles
$260 - $500


Lot # 618
Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, Pesenti Vineyard - Vintage 2001
Paso Robles,
Excellent Appearance.
4 Bottles

Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, Pesenti Vineyard - Vintage 2002
Paso Robles,
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles

Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, Pesenti Vineyard - Vintage 2003
Paso Robles,
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles

Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, Pesenti Vineyard - Vintage 2004
Paso Robles,
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles

Above 10 bottles
$220 - $420


Lot # 655
J. Rochioli Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate - Vintage 1996
Russian River Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle


J. Rochioli Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate - Vintage 1997
Russian River Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle


J. Rochioli Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate - Vintage 2000
Russian River Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles


J. Rochioli Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate - Vintage 2001
Russian River Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
1 Bottle


J. Rochioli Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Estate - Vintage 2002
Russian River Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
3 Bottles
(89, Steven Tanzer: As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 114, May/June 2004 ($41) Dark, bright red. Very ripe but sappy aromas of strawberry, raspberry and tangy baking spices. Dense but juicy and firm-edged, with refreshing flavors of red berries, cherry pit, chocolate, spices and earth complicated by a note of underbrush. Not especially pliant, but nuanced, persistent and firmly built.)

Above 8 bottles
$260 - $450


Lot # 669
Lokoya, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain - Vintage 1999
Napa Valley,
One label is nicked.
3 Bottles

Lokoya, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain - Vintage 2000
Napa Valley,
Excellent Appearance.
2 Bottles

Above 5 bottles
$280 - $480


Lot # 730
Carillon de l'Angélus - Vintage 2000
St.-Emilion,
Excellent Appearance.
(***Editor’s note: This is the second label of Chateau Angelus- which received a whopping 96 point rating (RMP) for their first label, 2000 Chateau Angelus. Think about it.)

Above 10 Bottles
$160 - $300


Lot # 737
Château Gruaud-Larose - Vintage 1986
St.-Julien, Deuxième Cru Classé
Level is neck-shoulder. Label is lightly bin soiled. Capsule is slightly corroded, has evidence of slight past seepage.
1 Bottle
"From the first time I tasted this wine in cask, I have thought it to be among the blockbusters of the vintage. It has a black/purple color, mammoth structure, a fabulous wealth of fruit, and a finish that seems to last several minutes. This is indeed first-growth quality, but then, when, in the last decade, has a Gruaud-Larose not matched the quality of the first-growths?" 94 points, RMP.

Château Talbot - Vintage 1985
St.-Julien, Quatrième Cru Classé
Two levels are neck-shoulder. Two labels are lightly bin soiled.
2 Bottles

Château Talbot - Vintage 1986
St.-Julien, Quatrième Cru Classé
Level is high-mid shoulder. Label is lightly bin soiled. Capsule is slightly corroded, has evidence of slight past seepage.
1 Bottle

"It's my gut feeling that the 1986 is, along with the 1982, the finest Talbot made at this estate since the legendary 1945. The fact that there are 40,000 cases of this wine is good news for the consumer, as there will be plenty to go around. The wine, which has been so special since the first taste from cask, is classically structured, with a penetrating fragrance of peppery, spicy, weedy black currants and tar, an enormous concentration of flavor on the palate, and staggering length." 96 points, RMP.

La Croix du Casse - Vintage 1995
Pomerol,
Excellent Appearance.
4 Bottles

Above 8 bottles
$280 - $520


Lot # 772
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes - Vintage 2000
Rhône,
Excellent Appearance, owc.
12 Bottles
$380 - $700


Lot # 828
Bahans-Haut-Brion - Vintage 2000
Pessac-Léognan,
(Ed. Note: Second label of Chateau Haut-Brion, which received a 96 pt. review from Tanzer for the 2000 vintage. Food for thought).
Excellent Appearance, owc.
12 Bottles
$480 - $850

Lot # 864
Puligny-Montrachet, L. Latour - Vintage 2005
Côte de Beaune,
Excellent Appearance.
12 Bottles
$190 - $350

And those are just a few Lots of Interest.

~~~ Disclaimer: “Lots of Interest” should only be used as an introduction, or guide to buying wine at auction. I would encourage anyone interested in purchasing wine at auction - ANY AUCTION- to fully read the rules and regulations posed by each auction house respectively.

Replies

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Reply by ChipDWood, Apr 18, 2009.

Hi folks:

I only mean to repost this in order to ask for your feedback. "Lots of Interest" is a concept I'm trying to develop for a possible feature either on my own site or even here with Snooth.

Not much interest though, this time around in "Lots of Interest"- and I wanted to ask:

1) Have you ever purchased wine by auction?

2) Does this sort of auction catalog review interest you at all?

3) What could I do with this idea, this concept, to make it more appealing to you as a Snooth member?

4) Would you be interested in a more interactive online experience (live links to the lots being profiled, more comments/opinions on the lots being selected for showcase, etc.)

Thanks for your time in reading, and know I'm taking any and all suggestions.

I want to make this work, and deep inside I think there are enough elements that can be born from it to truly benefit (and be appreciated by) a wine-educated audience, re: Snoothies.

Thanks again for your time,
Chip

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 19, 2009.

Well I may be in the minority here but I've both bought and sold wine at auction. As an active buyer the less competition I have the better!

Still I'll give this some thought and see what i can come up with.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 19, 2009.

1) Yes, both public and private.
2) Yes. Though I'm not in the market right this moment, I will again be in the future.
3) Keep them coming?!
4) Yes, absolutely.

Cheers


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