Most Expensive Wines in the U.S.

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Most Expensive Wines in the U.S. Before we get deep into this discussion I would just like to state that I don’t believe there is a particularly powerful corollary between price and quality in wine. There is, however, a distinct corollary between limited supply, whether actual or created, as well as an almost mathematical correlation between points and price.

So, what about that correlation between points and price? Don’t points demote quality? Well, no, they denote conformity -- conformity with the criteria that particular critic uses to identify wine that he or she likes. This is not the place to argue for or against points; I only bring them up because they do play an important role in wine pricing. But make no mistake about it, the 100-point scale is about as definitive as looking outside to forecast the weather. Whatever it means is very local and only pertinent over the short term. I’ll return to this topic soon enough, but for now let’s check out the most expensive domestic wines.

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  • Snooth User: cv4wine
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    After reading articles like this, I grin remembering the famous Getty tasting where in most of these labels were blind tasted along with Ernest and Julio's Estate Bottled Sonoma Cab which outscored most of them. You're very correct when you hint that ratings are in the palate of the individual taster.

    Dec 06, 2010 at 6:07 PM


  • Snooth User: lisamattsonwine
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    The subject line of the email said "California Classics" and I bit. Are cult wines classics by default? If Aubert wines have only been around for a decade, can they already be classics?

    Just curious of your take on what makes a wine a classic.

    Cheers,
    Lisa
    http://blog.jordanwinery.com/

    Dec 07, 2010 at 3:59 PM


  • A similar situation to the Gallo incident occurred in Australia a few years ago when a group of consumers was asked to do a blind tasting on 5 wines.

    They knew one of them was Penfolds Grange but had no idea which one. They were then asked which one they thought was Grange, which one was the most drinkeable, and which one they liked the least.

    A twenty dollar shiraz actually was rated the highest as to drinkability and to its likelihood of being Grange. Whilst the grange was considered least preferable to most of the group.

    It was rather amusing, as at the time I worked for the distributor of the $20 wine and Grange was retailing at that point for around $350.
    Let your own palate and preferences guide you - not what someone else believes. Your taste is your own. After all I prefer Monet to DaVinci, and Gaugin to Picasso regardless of what a critic may say. But no matter what always be adventurous and seek out new brands, regions, and wine styles.

    Dec 07, 2010 at 6:12 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Lisa - Copy editors makes these wines classic!

    Of the group I would certainly consider the Inglenook to be classic California Cabernet, and maybe the Grace Family, but no, in my mind these are not the real classics, which would fall more to the Monte Bello, Montelena, Mayacamas end of the spectrum for me. Not to go all M on you.

    Nebu135 - well said!

    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM


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