Raphael contributed two different very special large-format bottles, a 3.0L 2002 Merlot and a 6.0L 2007 Merlot. This lot is the 2002, and they made barely a handful of these special large bottles. Retail value is $250.00 for the juice, if you multiply 750ml by four, but actual value for this rare bottle is higher.
Shinn Estate Vineyards has been tremendously generous, contributing two different offers of their flagship Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot, a magnum and a case. This lot is the magnum, with retail value of $125.
Paumanok Vineyards, from the North Fork of Long Island, generously contributed a magnum of their 2002 Merlot Grand Vintage, retail value $75.00.
Today we are faced with a terrible dilemma: too much generic varietal wine.