2022 Transformations Gala - Wine Auction

Introduction to Magnums Madness

Since the earliest days of the wine industry, vintners would put their wines in bigger bottles for special occasions. Wine lovers know that these magnums, the equivalent of two regular bottles, allow wines to age with more finesse. It can be hard to find big bottles, since they are produced in lower volumes, but not tonight.


Chateau Montelena

Founded in 1882, Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena led Napa Valley’s emergence as a world class wine region with Jim Barrett’s purchase of the Chateau in 1972. Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay won the acclaimed Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (a blind tasting) and thereby set the stage for excellence. Chateau Montelena’s Estate Cabernets are noted for quality and consistency, under the stewardship of some of Napa’s most renowned winemakers from Mike Grgich to Bo Barrett and now Matt Crafton.

The warmer vintage of the 2015 Chardonnay has resulted in a slightly richer style, although the house style built on energy and tension is still very much in evidence. Candied lemon, white flowers and mint are nicely textured. Soft, enveloping and gracious, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring.

Chateau Montelena 2015 Chardonnay
Vinous- 92 Points

Cabernet Dark red with ruby tones; Very dark aromas of cassis, licorice and cocoa powder are complicated by exotic dusty spices and Provençal herbs. Suave, pure and mouthfilling, with its fine-grained dark berry and spice flavors broadening on the back half. Boasts a lovely balance of sweet and savory qualities, with bright acidity and refined tannins giving the wine plenty of backbone for further leisurely evolution in bottle. Finishes with excellent building length. The late summer of 2006 was very hot but temperatures dropped sharply in mid-September, pushing the harvest mostly into October, according to Barrett.

Chateau Montelena 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinous- 92 Points

Kistler Vineyards

Steven Kistler founded Kistler Vineyards in 1978 with business partner Mark Bixler.  Kistler produces only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals from low-yielding vineyards in Sonoma’s Coast and Russian River Valley.

“If the Kistler Winery could be magically transported to the middle of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, it would quickly gain a reputation as glorious as any producer of Burgundy grand crus.” – Robert Parker

Kistler 2017 Laguna Ridge Chardonnay – Released only in magnums to promote aging

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator - 97 pts

Occidental Wines

Occidental Wines, founded by members of the Kistler Family, debuted in 2011.  This small-production winery is the result of decades of research for the perfect Pinot terroir in the Freestone-Occidental region of Sonoma.

The 2019 Occidental pinot noirs are precise, crystalline wines that capture the beauty of our maritime sites.  Occidental encourages you to begin enjoying their 2019 pinot noirs soon after their release.  Decanting them for an hour or two before service will enhance their compelling aromas and flavor.  Over time, this 2019 pinot noir will develop complex tertiary flavors and will age gracefully for two decades or more.

Occidental Wines 2019 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth

Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 96 pts

Dehlinger Winery

Dehlinger Winery was founded in 1975 by winemaking pioneer Tom Dehlinger.  Following his UC Davis enologist training Tom worked at Hanzell, Beringer, and Dry Creek Vineyards.  Dehlinger Winery remains family owned as daughters Carman and Eva oversee operations today.

Dehlinger has turned out consistently marvelous wines for over 30 years from their 45-acre vineyard in the fog cooled Russian River Valley, 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Dehlinger Altamont 2017 Pinot Noir

Vinous Media- 93 points

Diane Cobb Coastland Vineyard Pinot Noir

Cobb Wines is the family project Ross Cobb began with his parents in 2001. The Estate Vineyard Coastlands had its original blocks planted in 1989 by his mother Diane. This is one of the most westerly vineyards in Sonoma County, sitting just 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean at 1150 ft above sea level. 

Ross is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and was the enologist and viticulturist at Williams Selyem before migrating to Flowers Winery where he would eventually take over as head winemaker for nine vintages. Capping his tour of the Sonoma Coast, Ross took the reins as head winemaker for Hirsch Vineyards for six years.  Ross is known for championing a complex, cool-climate style of Pinot Noir that captures the sense of place from which the varietal was grown.

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Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 2018 Pinot Noir
Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate  - 97 pts. 

Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir 
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media  - 98 PTS -  TOTALLY SOLD OUT (rare opportunity to procure)

Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast Magazine 96 PTS. (Cellar Selection)

Donated by Stacy and Matthew Perry

Trione Winery

Three generations, decades of farming, five ranches — our family is deeply rooted in the Sonoma County wine industry. Dedicated farmers for fifty years, brothers Mark and Vic Trione own and cultivate close to 600 vineyard acres in three prime Sonoma County appellations: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast.

Virginie Boone described this wine as, “Perfumed with rose and lavender, this wine has robust tannins and dominant oak notes, both in support of its ripe, concentrated red fruit. Woody, herbal components complement the lushness, framed by gravelly texture.”

Trione 2014 Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts

Donated by Vic Trione

Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Schug Carneros Estate Winery celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first vintage, made when a passion for Pinot Noir led patriarch Walter Schug to establish his own label and eventually leave Joseph Phelps, where he was the founding winemaker crafting wines that put Napa Valley on the map. Now the family-owned winery is entering a new chapter, with dynamic young German-American winemaker Johannes Scheid bringing modern touches to the estate’s European-styled wines.

This classic Carneros region Pinot Noir offers a wide range of flavors and aromas, in the tradition of the finest red Burgundies of France. “Clonal diversity” is achieved by carefully blending several vineyard lots, each retaining its own unique clonal signature in the blend. The result is a complex wine with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries and hints of spicy new oak. This wine will improve with additional cellaring for 2 to 5 years.

INCLUDES: Tasting for four at Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Schug Carneros Estate Winery 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir
Wine Searcher – 89 pts

Donated by Claudia Schug Schuetz

Chappellet Winery

“The 2019 Cabernet Franc is a blend of 78% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose springs forth with notions of blueberry preserves, redcurrant jelly and boysenberries, plus wafts of bay leaves, pencil shavings and red roses. The palate is a medium to full-bodied, tightly knit, structured style with a ripe, fine-grained and refreshing line supporting the bright red and blue fruits, finishing with fantastic length.” -Lisa Perrotti Brown

Chappellet Winery 2019 Cabernet Franc
Wine Searcher – 95 Points

Amy and Dominic Chappellet

Colgin Cellars

“There are a lot of magnificent estates with Shangri-La-like beauty spread throughout California, and the Colgin property is in the top ten list for spectacular views as well as top quality. Sitting atop Pritchard Hill with stunning views of Lake Hennessey and the surrounding mountains, their IX Estate Vineyard is on a steep, intimidating hillside. It is one of the must-see attractions in Northern California, if not the entire state.” -Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Colgin Cellars which has been described as a “viticultural nirvana” set high on a hillside top overlooking Lake Hennessy. You’ll enjoy an extensive tour of this private, state-of-the-art facility followed by a private lunch for six prepared by the winery chef and paired with exclusive Colgin library vintages.

The 2016 “IX Estate” (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot) reflects many facets of flavor. The wine offers dark notes of chocolate covered cherries, graphite, incense, but soon reveals bright cooling flavors such as juniper, sage, fresh rosemary, and jasmine tea. The fine-grained tannins coat the palate with tremendous finesse while flavors expand, creating an exceptionally perfumed finish.

INCLUDES: Tour and Lunch, featuring library vintages, for six at Colgin Cellars

Colgin Cellars 2016 “IX Estate” Red Wine, etched and numbered
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 100 Points

Donated by Ann Colgin

FINE PRINT: Booking is required at least eight weeks in advance, on a mutually convenient date. Weekend dates are not available. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Please be aware of health and safety guidance concerning Covid-19: guests may be asked to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19 upon arrival.

Promontory Wine

Promontory Winery’s 2009 first vintage was the result of a 1980’s discovery of a sloped rocky hillside spanning the Oakville and Yountville regions of Napa by Bill Harlan, legendary founder of Harlan Estates and Bond wineries.   Quite rugged with less than 10% of its area under vine, limited production is available exclusive to their distribution lists.  According to Promontory’s Director Will Harlan, Promontory embodies a mineral expression of cabernet.

Deep red and brooding describes both the appearance and nature of the wine. The 2011 vintage bears the most extroverted aromatics of Promontory to date, with notes that range from coffee, black truffle, wet stones, and the smell of warm earth after a rainfall. The wine is classically juicy on entry as the acidity dances in the front of the mouth. It possesses great density but demonstrates a degree of clarity and intention as it touches the mid-palate. This is followed, by a very fine quality of tannin, not yet experienced in the prior vintages. Its mysterious facets will continue to be revealed in the decades to come.

Promontory 2011 Napa Valley
Antonio Galloni, Vinous – 96 pts

Donated by Monica and Michael Kavanaugh

Spottswoode Winery

The Spotts family has been growing wine grapes on their historic Spottswoode Estate since 1972, and making their own wines since 1982. As stewards of the land, they pursue an elegant, balanced, and age-worthy style that captures the character of the vintage and the complexity of this legendary estate vineyard.

"Medium-bodied, elegant and tightly wound, the palate shimmers with SO MUCH energy… This is a remarkably poised, seemingly effortless beauty that cannot fail to make your jaw drop. 100 points” 
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, Wine Advocate

Spottswoode Winery 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Advocate- 100 Points

Donated by Beth Novak

Hourglass Winery

Hourglass is two vineyards, a winery and a compilation of estate wines: a vision unfolding.

Blueline Estate walks the line of elegance and power creating a perfect balance. Aromatics of cocoa, wet gravel and rose petals waft with nuanced precision, winding through dramatic red and dark fruit tones. Sweet Bing cherry, red plum, cranberry and blackberry translate powerfully from nose to palate. Rich silky tannins are balanced with a tensional energy of mouthwatering natural acidity and trademark Blueline minerality.

Hourglass Winery 2018 Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Searcher- 95 Points

Donated by Carolyn Duryea

Gallica Wine

Gallica is nestled in the heart of Napa Valley amongst historic vineyards, coastal oaks, gardens and olives. Heritage Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon are rooted in gravelly Cortina soils ambling off nearby Sulphur Creek. The scene presents a handsome barn, contemporary and fresh, standing side by side with weathered vines.

The deep and low fertility Cortina soils are renowned for exceptional quality red wines. Planted in 1990, these fully mature Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce wines which are elegant and harken back to the structure of Napa Valley red wines notable decades ago. So little is made, we reserve these few barrels for local auctions, and in coveted vintages, for our mailing list customers.

Gallica Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Searcher – 93 pts

Donated by Rosemary Cakebread

Lail Vineyards

“Blueprint 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon heralds from another classic vintage, one with very low yields but very high quality. It has that signature Blueprint profile of black fruits (blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, and black currant) together with gorgeous spice and vanillin from the French oak barrels. Lush, delicious and rich, this Blueprint bottling will delight just about everyone.” —Philippe Melka, Winemaker

Lail Vineyards 2015 Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Enthusiast- 94 Points

Donated by Erin Lail

Matthiasson Wines

Winemaking, for Matthiasson, is a natural extension of farming. They have both worked for many years in the sustainable agriculture and local food movement, starting Matthiasson Wines in 2003 based on those values. These wines are classical expressions of different grape varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay and Cabernet sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla gialla and Refosco. The wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol.

The bountiful spring rains of 2019 set the stage for juicy, vibrant, red-fruited and aromatic wines—spring rains tend to result in wines defined more by bright acidity than by big tannins, and 2019 is a perfect example. A whole range of red fruits and a soft gentle palate, ready to drink right away.

Matthiasson Wines 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellar Tracker- 90 Points

Donated by Jill Klein Matthiasson

Drinkward Peschon

Entre Deux Mères literally translates from the French as “Between Two Mothers”. The winemakers’ friendship was initiated by children and grew through a love of wine, work and play.

The grapes were hand-picked and sorted, and we crushed and fermented them in small lots. Their philosophy of making wine is similar to their philosophy of raising children – give them a lot of tender loving care, nurture always, then let them go on to express themselves and become the unique individuals they were meant to be. They believe that this gentle handling and minimalist intervention in winemaking yields unique wines that are elegant and balanced – a true expression of their roots.

Drinkward Peschon 2015 'Entre Deux Meres' Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Searcher- 93 Points

Donated by Francois Peschon

Sine Qua Non

Sine Qua Non is a California cult winery known for its Rhône style blends, unique bottle shape, artistic wine labels, very limited production of wine that is highly sought after, and difficulty to obtain. Sine Qua Non was founded in 1994 by Manfred and Elaine Krankl on California's Central Coast.  The winery is the epitome of an artisanal, cult winery. The husband-and-wife team make mostly Rhone-style reds and whites in very limited quantities using such grapes as Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Roussanne, and Viognier.

The 2012 Sine Qua Non Syrah “Stock” Magnum offers stunning notes of blackcurrants, cassis, smoked meats, ground pepper and wild herbs to go with a full-bodied, unctuous, layered, yet always graceful and elegant feel on the palate. Nicely structured, with perfect overall balance, it still has the open-knit character of the vintage yet has plenty of underlying structure.

Sine Qua Non 2012 Stock Syrah
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 98 Points

Donated by Don Emmons