The 38th Auction Napa Valley raised US$13.6 million for local community charities, with premium lots from many revered Napa wineries contributing to the total.
Highlights included four imperials of Opus One and an experience for two couples to attend the Masked Ball at the Palace of Versailles, which sold for $1.4m, and 18 bottles of Napa wine plus an experience at the 2019 US Open, which sold for $1m.
The highest lot for the barrel auction was VGS Chateau Potelle 2016, which sold for $114,300, while Cardinale 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $68,900, and Staglin Family Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $54,150.
In the online auction, a salmanazar of Shafer Vineyards 1995 Hillside Select went for US$20,200. A lot of six Mayacamas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 in various bottle sizes, plus a golf getaway for four, went for US$20,000. A trio of three litre Aubert Wines Chardonnay 2014s sold for $15,050.
The honorary chairs for this year were the fourth-generation Mondavi sisters of the Peter Mondavi Sr. family – the youngest ever to chair the event.
“We were thrilled to share everything we love and have experienced throughout our lives in the beautiful Napa Valley,” said Angelina Mondavi. “My sisters and I are so grateful for the generosity of our vintners, bidders and community. Their contributions will help children and families in Napa County, from American Canyon to Calistoga.”