2017 Napa Valley vintage makes graceful debut at annual event
2/26/2019 – St. Helena, CA— Unique micro-production wines from the graceful 2017 Napa Valley vintage were the stars of the show at the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and auction on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Wine collectors can now pre-order these extraordinary Napa Valley selections for their cellars by browsing the portfolio at premierenapavalley.com.
Premiere Napa Valley wines are unique selections crafted by NVV member winemakers for just one moment in time, never to be replicated, in quantities as small as 60 bottles and never more than 240 bottles. Upon release each bottle is hand-numbered and signed by the winemaker, increasing the allure of these wines for top collectors.
“If you acquire a bottle of Premiere Napa Valley wine, you’ll have a wine that only a very few other people in the world will ever have a chance to own” said Tom Jacob of Jacob Liquor Exchange in Wichita, KS. Mr. Jacob was one of 700 members of the wine trade from 30 states and 7 countries outside the U.S. who attended the sold-out event last Saturday.
Every bottle of Premiere Napa Valley wine tells a unique story of Napa Valley winemaking, exploring the nuances of particular vines, vineyard locations, specific soils, winemaking styles and collaborations, aging protocols and blending combinations.
“With Premiere wines, you are collecting a sense of place, a sense of history and a sense of the future of a great wine,” noted Gary Fisch of Gary’s Wines & Marketplace with five locations in New Jersey.
Seventy-two percent of this year’s 187 wines from this year’s Premiere Napa Valley were from the 2017 vintage and appreciation for their gracefulness was mentioned throughout the tasting. “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignons that were debuted Saturday are full of finesse and elegance,” noted Bill Hayes, wine category manager of BevMo! with 160 stores in California, Arizona and Washington. “They’re charming wines that express a seamlessness and long finish that will make these wines approachable early.”
Top selling lots in the live auction included offerings from: Silver Oak, Schrader Cellars, Shafer Vineyards, Duckhorn Vineyards, Marciano Estate, Raymond Vineyards, Seven Stones Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Somnium Wine, Alpha Omega, Keenan Winery, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, Quintessa, ZD Wines, Freemark Abbey, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Arkenstone Vineyards.
The inaugural Premiere Napa Valley Release Week, starting November 11, 2019, will see scores of tastings and winemaker events around the world celebrating the release of the latest vintages of Premiere wines. More information will be available mid-summer at premierenapawine.com.
Read the fascinating stories behind Premiere Napa Valley wines and discover where to purchase them.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. In 2019 the NVV is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Learn more at napavintners.com.