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2016 Tusk Estates L'Orange

ITEM 7976055 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
mibis $445 $445 OT
mouserga $425 $0 OT
jonma1 $295 $0
garko3 $285 $0
chwon0 $275 $0
Bradley4… $265 $0
$255
Item Sold Amount Date
I7976055 1 $445 Oct 17, 2021
I7884249 1 $255 Jul 4, 2021
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PRODUCER

Tusk Estates

Tusk Estates is positioning itself as one of Napa Valley’s 21st century cult wines. It was founded in 2007 by Tim Martin, a long-time Napa Valley food and wine marketer and entrepreneur; Michael Uytengsu , a former investment banker and heir to an international food conglomerate; and Philippe Melka, a French-born winemaker and international consultant. Tusk sources grapes from Napa Valley vineyards and calls itself “the next great luxury brand.” Tusk makes only about 150 cases a year and produces a single Cabernet Sauvignon.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,