(NAPA VALLEY, CA; March 4, 2019) – On Saturday, February 23rd, wine professionals from around the world attended a sold-out Premiere Napa Valley, expressing their keen interest in wines made exclusively for the Premiere Napa Valley label to the melodic tune of nearly $3.7 million.
Blackbird Vineyards’ lot marked our 15th Anniversary with Blackbird Vineyards’ Winemaker Aaron Pott as chairman of this year’s event. Blackbird’s 2017 Premiere Napa Valley Cuvée was an elegant and age-worthy blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hen Vineyard, 40% Cabernet Franc from Stagecoach Vineyards, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from Star Vineyard.
The barrel lot garnered a winning bid of $32,000 from Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in New Jersey. The vintner events leading up to Saturday’s auction were considered “must attend” tasting opportunities for influential trade, such as retailers, restaurateurs, distributors and media.
About Blackbird Vineyards
Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of right bank Bordeaux-inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Crafted by esteemed winemaker Aaron Pott, each wine in the portfolio is a true example of Blackbird’s ongoing commitment to quality and diversity of terroir by partnering with a selection of Napa Valley’s most prestigious vineyards.
About Premiere Napa Valley
For over 20 years, the region’s top winemakers have offered ultra-boutique wines to the trade, crafted in as few as five cases and never more than 20 cases, as individual bottlings for the brand known as Premiere Napa Valley. These wines, created each only once, by 225 different wineries are offered as futures at auction only to the wine trade.
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.