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2017 Alpha Omega Era

ITEM 8318185 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $165
Item Sold Amount Date
I8311647 3 $155 Jul 10, 2022
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RATINGS

96Jeb Dunnuck

...gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, violets, graphite, dark chocolate, and scorched earth...hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a beautiful sense of balance, no hard edges, and a great finish.

95Wine Enthusiast

Juicy and richly interwoven with a fresh underlay of acidity...powerhouse blend is substantially etched in cassis, plum and red currant. The oak and tannin are equally substantial and present, contributing weight, breadth and length.

94James Suckling

...spins off the palate with blackberries, meat, tobacco and currants. Medium-to full-bodied, refined and so drinkable with brightness and energy.

93Wine Spectator

...hefty, full-bore version, with intense raspberry and boysenberry reduction notes, infused liberally with licorice snap and warm fruitcake flavors, ending with a swath of fruit and additional spice and toast accents.

93Vinous / IWC

...creamy and expansive in feel... Blackberry jam, chocolate, leather, licorice, spice and espresso all flesh out in the glass...pleasant mid-palate sweetness.

17Jancis Robinson

Big, juicy and dense brooding nose – this just oozes power. Same on the palate, that deep dark-berry fruit is sleek and ripe and underpinned by a mineral edge...quite fun and enjoyable.

PRODUCER

Alpha Omega

Alpha Omega in Rutherford was founded by Robin Baggett and Eric Sklar, who both have wine industry backgrounds. The winemaker is Jean Hoefliger and French wine consultant Michel Rolland is also part of the winemaking team. The estate makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Henrik Poulsen is winemaker. Consulting winemakers are Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland. Robert Parker has written that the winery “continues to turn out impressive wines that merit attention from consumers.”

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,