Napa Valley Vintners Annual Auction Raised $3.4 Million

More than 11,000 bottles of wine were auctioned off at an average price of $286.  That equals the high mark set in 2015.

Wines sold at the Premiere Napa Valley auction are special cuvees  sold pre-release, usually in lots of just 60 cases.  They will have a special label when released, and most will go only to customers on their mailing lists – and not just any customer but those who have demonstrated loyalty to the store.

"The 2021 vintage is clearly great, and is going to be in very strong demand, as witnessed today," Sotheby's auctioneer Jamie Ritchie said in a press release.

"The 2021 vintage is beyond perfection. Structure and finesse blend into a marvelous juice that will definitely take your breath away. I’m thrilled and excited to have been able to get a sneak peek of it, and can’t wait to work it in our market," said Juan Pablo Salgado, of Delizia Wine Boutique located in San José, Costa Rica.