BOSTON, MA – February 19, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Fine Wines online auction, with bidding open from Thursday, February 18 through Thursday, February 25. Find wonderful wines, spirits and ales to re-stock your cellar, supply a weekend getaway or savor at a gathering with friends in these colder winter months, among more than 900 selections from around the world to suit any budget, taste or occasion.
Skinner invites buyers to take a tour through the world’s best wine-growing regions. The sale’s selections begin in Champagne and move steadily through Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone valley before leaving France for Italy, Germany, Spain and the New World. Many lots have been sourced from important private collections and have been maintained in professional storage.
Bordeaux is very well represented, with first growth selections including cases of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1985 (Lot 1014, estimated between $4,000 and $6,000) and Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1985 (Lot 1025, $2,500-$3,250), as well as other cased lots of the classic 1985 vintage including Clos de Marquis 1985 (Lot 1087, $400-$600) and others.
Fine and rare Burgundy including a case of Philippe Colin Chevalier Montrachet 2010 (Lot 1172, $1,800-$2,400) will draw enthusiasts, while a 12-bottle lot of Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2000 (Lot 1219, $1,000-$1,400) leads a strong selection of wines from the Southern and Northern Rhone.
The history of modern age Napa wine making is found in early bottlings from iconic producers such as Ridge Vineyards, Inglenook and Quilceda Creek. Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon from the York Creek, Fiddletown and Geyserville vineyards from the 1960s and 1970s and Inglenook with such descriptive labels as Charbono (Dry, Red and Robust) and Gamay (Light Red Burgundy) give a sense of the pioneering spirit working the vines and captured in these bottles.
The sale also offers a wide variety of Whisky and Rare Spirits in all price categories. Among a selection of Fine Cognacs are Remy Martin Louis XIII offerings from two different eras: the late 1950’s (Lot 1496, $2,500-$3,000) and c. 1990 (Lot 1497, $1,500-$2,000).
Single Malt Scotch offerings include Ardbeg Provenance 1974 (Lot 1517, $1,500-$2,000); Balvenie Single Cask selections from 1966 (Lot 1525, $1,500-$2,000) and 1970 (Lot 1518, $1,300-$1,700); Bowmore 1964 Trilogy Series Bourbon Wood (Lot 1535, $5,000-$6,000); Glenury Royal 50 Years Old (Lot 1588, $3,000-$4,000); Laphroaig 40 Years Old (Lot 1602, $3,000-$4,000); and Springbank Local Barley bottlings from vintages 1965 (Lot 1636, $1,200-$1,500) and 1966 (Lot 1637, $1,300-$1,800). A full crate of Glen Garry from the Glen Elgin Distillery (Lot 1670, $1,000-$1,200) and a set of Johnnie Walker Oldest for the Japanese Market, with “whiskies over 60 years old” (Lot 1681, $2,000-$2,500) highlight a grouping of older blended scotch.
Highlighting a large array of Bourbons and Ryes are five lots of AH Hirsch Bourbon 1974; many lots of Pappy Van Winkle (in all age statements); Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (a number of single bottles and several original 3-packs); and very old and rare bottlings including three lots of Overholt 1909 (Lots 1818-1820, $800-$1,000 each). Expressions from the highly prized, closed distillery, Stitzel-Weller, include Old Fitzgerald and Very Old Fitzgerald: vintage 1952 bottled 1960 (Lot 1801, $1,500-$2,000), vintage 1958 bottled 1966 for the German Market (Lot 1802, $1,200-$1,500), and a set of six Irish Charms Decanters bottled 1977 (Lot 1794, $1,300-$1,700).
Previews and Bidding
The February Fine Wines, Whisky, Spirits & Ale Online auction combines the convenience of an online platform with the confidence that each lot comes from carefully vetted cellars and is backed by expert knowledge. To arrange for a preview, please contact the Fine Wines Department at 508-970-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
View the catalog on the Skinner website to see the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining for each lot in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Log in or create an account to start bidding when the auction opens on Thursday, February 18 at noon; lots begin closing on Thursday, February 25 at 3PM. Experts are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered.
Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
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