"Black by Black" was inspired by arguably the top wine collector in the world,Tom Black, and the L.A. Times Winemaker of the Year, Jim Clendenen from AuBon Climat Winery. The winemaker selected only the finest grapes from their300 acre ranch in Santa Barbara County to create a special meritage wine that has won several blind tastings and been scored a perfect 100 points. This wine is a combination of 40% California Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20%Petit Verdot to produce a bold and balanced red wine. This wine is incredibly rare. Only 50 cases were produced and are presently available to the public only at charity auctions. Regular bottles (750ml) can be cellared for another 8 years and large format bottles for another 10 years, but the wine is drinking great now! The label is an original piece of art by Master Sumi-e artist Drue Kataoka. The back label is a poem (in Japanese) written by Drue about the friendship between Jim and Tom. Sumi-e art uses only black ink. The label has seven different shades of black ink. Once a stroke is painted it cannot be changed or erased.
This makes the painting technically demanding while requiring great skill, concentration and years of training.
For more about these rare wines visit: www.tomblackwine.com
Donated By Cathy Issaacs