Premiere Napa Valley 2012: Ovid’s Barrel Excels!

We were delighted to participate in the Barrel Auction at Premiere Napa Valley 2012 (an annual trade-only event which raises money for the Napa Valley Vintners).  Our offering was named Hexameter in honor of the meter in which Ovid wrote his epic work Metamorphoses.   Winemaker Austin Peterson created a wine with six classical components:  5 distinct lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, a varietal that was especially rich, dense and pure in 2010, accompanied by one lot of Cabernet Franc that brings spice and additional layers to the blend.

Out of 200 special barrel lots made by Napa Valley wineries, ours garnered the second highest price per bottle and placed third overall!  Ovid’s five-case Hexameter lot was purchased by Ichizo Nakagawa of Nakagawa Trading Company for $55,000, and the immediate underbidder was Darioush Khaledi of KV Mart. We thank all the attendees and bidders for their interest in and enthusiasm for Ovid’s Hexameter. This is the fourth year Ovid’s offering has placed in the top three lots at Premiere Napa Valley.

To see a video featuring Austin Peterson describing Ovid’s Hexameter lot, click here (

For more information about Premiere Napa Valley 2012, check out the Napa Valley Vintners press release by clicking here  (