There can only be one, and the winning bidder of this lot will be the first to experience TIMELESS Napa Valley. A single vineyard wine from the family of Silver Oak, TIMELESS is the culmination of nearly 50 years of experience. It’s also a reflection of superior winemaking and familial love.
The name TIMELESS is based on the song titled “Timeless,” written by Silver Oak proprietor David R. Duncan with country songwriter Monty Powell, artist Anna Wilson and Naples Winter Wine Festival Trustee, Jeff Gargiulo. David dedicated “Timeless” to his father, Silver Oak founder Ray Duncan and the lessons he taught about life, entrepreneurship and not taking oneself too seriously.
Sourced from the Duncan Family’s Soda Canyon Ranch, this inaugural vintage is a triumphant revelation of a singular Napa Valley vineyard, the culmination of a 10-year collaboration with winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet (of Château Pétrus fame).
The winning couple will receive a signed and framed vinyl record of “Timeless,” as well as the opportunity to share this inaugural wine release with friends back home: the only Imperial of TIMELESS Napa Valley being produced from the wine’s inaugural vintage, as well as one Double Magnum, three Magnums and twelve bottles. The winners will also create timeless memories and adventures in the Napa Valley and in Bordeaux.
On your trip to the Napa Valley, you’ll stay at the Duncan Family’s private lodge at Calistoga Ranch with three of your closest friends. First, the Duncan’s will set up a private first taste of TIMELESS Napa Valley, joining David and winemaker Nate Weis for an exclusive preview of the wines and an intimate celebration of the inaugural 2017 vintage. Following your tasting, you will experience an exclusive dinner at Silver Oak Napa Valley prepared by winery chef Dominic Orsini, with pairings from TIMELESS, Silver Oak, Twomey and OVID. wines. Later that evening, co-authors Monty Powell, Anna Wilson and David will perform an intimate concert at the Oakville winery.
Next, and perhaps foreshadowing the second part of your TIMELESS experience, a private dinner paired with TIMELESS wine awaits you at The French Laundry in Yountville, holder of Three Michelin Stars.
“TIMELESS: Part Two” begins when the winning couple arrives via a First Class train ride to the famous winegrowing region of Bordeaux, France. Spend three luxurious nights at the Five-star, Hostellerie de Plaisance located on the right bank of the Garonne river in the center of the medieval city of Saint-Émilion. Then on one afternoon during your visit, meet and enjoy a countryside lunch with Jean-Claude Berrouet, winemaker for over 40 years at Château Pétrus. David R. Duncan’s partner in the initial blending of TIMELESS, Jean-Claude has an exclusive North American winemaking agreement with the Duncan Family.
While in Bordeaux, you will also spend a complete day with Vignobles et Châteaux manager Patrick Marchal, enjoying wine tastings and tours in Saint-Émilion. Your day will begin with a private visit and tasting at Château Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarrosse Premier Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Émilion—the jewel of the appellation. Then, you’ll be off to a château for a private tour with the owner/general manager, followed by lunch paired with a selection of different wines from the winery. Your lovely day will wrap up with a tour of the vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion and an old vintage comparative tasting of famous Bordeaux wines in the private lounge at Vignobles et Châteaux. And your parting gift? A special six-bottle collection of 2016 Clos des Baies, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, a boutique winery on one-and-a-half acres owned by the winemaker from Château Ausone.
This TIMELESS experience can be yours with a TIMELY bid.
Airfare to California and ground transportation while in Napa Valley is not included. Roundtrip airport transfers in California are included. Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from the United States to Paris, France must originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Ground transportation while in Bordeaux is not included. Visits to both California and France are to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates and must be redeemed by January 20, 2021.
Kary & David R. Duncan of Silver Oak Cellars and Patrick Marchal of Vignobles et Châteaux–Saint-Émilion
Airfare donated by Linda & Tom Koehn