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What does "OWC" mean in wine sales and auctions?

Wine connoisseurs around the globe have been cellaring rare and collectable wines for as long as we can remember. But some of these highly-sought-after wines are worth more than others. Why, you ask? It all depends on the history of those bottles; perhaps they came from a world-renowned châteaux or of a specific vintage that is now nearly impossible to find. However, each collector has their own set of standards and fascinations when it comes to searching and obtaining their wines.

OWC is a term that stands for "Original Wooden Case" and is often used during wine sales and auctions. Many wines that are of high quality and designated for bottle aging are sent out from the winery in wooden case boxes, which are usually nailed shut. These cases, depending on the château or estate, will come in 6 or 12 bottle cases.

When these wines are put up for sale, many collectors consider an unopened wooden case to be more valuable, since it is evident that the wine has not been tampered with or manipulated since it left the winery. and also because the cases are suitable for and future display and storage of the bottles.

Interested in collectable wines? See our luxury-premium, highly sought-after wines worthy of the best cellars! Wines listed below have all earned a 95 Point rating or higher by major wine competitions and/or national wine publications.

“CarteCarte Blanche 2014 Red Blend
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
94 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
94 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinos

"...the 2014 Proprietary Red is killer stuff that checks in near the top of the vintage. Deep purple-colored with loads of cassis and black cherry fruit intermixed with notes of chocolate, scorched earth, and subtle graphite, it’s full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and layered on the palate. It’s a sensational Napa blend from winemaker Helen Keplinger.”

“MateticMatetic 2012 Syrah
97 Points - James Suckling
93 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine

“This is an unbelievable red with sublime tannin texture and mind-binding depth and finesse. The nose shows granite, slate, blackberry, blueberry, and lavender aromas. Full body yet agile and harmonious.”

“ItalicsItalics 2014 Red Blend
96 Points + Platinum Medal -

The grapes were produced from Italics’ estate vineyards in the Coombsville region of Napa Valley, and then carefully and mindfully crafted into this supple, velvety wine renowned winemaker Steve Reynolds.

“OdetteOdette 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
95 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
92 Points - James Suckling

"The wine has terrific aromatics of graphite, spring flowers, and some blackberry and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant, but also substantial and long, this super-impressive rich wine can be approached now or cellared for 20 or more years.”

“SojournSojourn 2014 Pinot Noir
95 Points - PinotFile Review
94 Points - The Pinot Report
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
92 Points - Wine Spectator

One of the most complex and layered vintages of this Pinot Noir Sojourn has ever produced, this wine is deep with a lush, creamy texture and aromas and flavors of red fruit, earth, and forest floor.