Michael Broadbent, the 24th Master of Wine, had a rich history in the wine business. His book Wine Tasting was the first book devoted to the taste of wine, and set the standard for how wine is tasted by professionals. Broadbent wrote notes on over 90,000 wines and had a monthly column in Decanter magazine for 36 years, but he is best known for pioneering wine auctions. He was the founder of Christie's wine department in 1966, and partnered with Robert Mondavi to start the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 1981. The Auctioneer is a tribute to the great Michael Broadbent, and it is a wine he'd be proud to drink in good company.
The 2018 vintage is aged in 60% New Oak and 40% neutral barrels for 15 months. The wine is refined, elegant, and beautifully balanced-in essence, the style of wine that made Napa Valley famous. It has dark aromas of Cassis, plum and anise, and the palate displays rich cherry and blackberry flavors with just the right amount of fresh acidity and toasty spice. Soft, ripe, tannins lead to a balanced and long finish.