It's not the first time we talk about the wine quality and how that does not depend on price. But we mention very expensive wines too, and how the price is justified. For some people having those rare and expensive wines is not a luxury or a show-off, There are people who collect wine and there are also some gourmets who adore those wines. So, let's see what are the rarest and expensive wines.
The Path of Becoming an Expensive Wine
Although not every wine starts off pricey or rare, some do, it can become so over time. People limit the number of bottles in circulation by consuming them or taking them off the market in various ways, making the remaining bottles of wine rarer.
The vintage influences why certain wines increase in price while others remain at their current market value. Grapes from extraordinary vintages have outstanding traits, allowing everything to come together in perfect harmony to produce an exquisite wine. Off years, when the grapes did not develop as well due to reasons such as rain, sunshine, temperature, or soil conditions, may result in a less valuable vintage.
These wines are more likely to grace the dinner table than to age to perfection in wine vaults. Pinot Noir or Kataro wines can be a bright example of this as their grapes are extremely hard to grow.
Fine wines become more expensive as they age, owing to the fact that older wines are one-of-a-kind and require decades of aging to achieve such complexity.
Some wines aren't fit for eating, yet they're nevertheless worth collecting for the sake of their age and name. Some older wines fall into the less common category of being both ancient and palatable, making them a real treat for those who choose to open the bottle.
Here’s the List of the Most Rare and Expensive Wines :
1) Harlan Estate 2017 Napa Valley Red Wine:
Price ($1,619.98) - Buy Now
The 36 acre vineyards of Harlan Estate are located on some of the better elevations and soils in the Oakville appellation. From the vineyards, you get great views of the Napa Valley. One of the keys to the terroir of Harlan Estate is the elevation. This ranges from a low of 225 feet to an impressive 1225 feet above sea level. Harlan Estate vineyards are in truth, just one piece of a bigger estate. In total, the property of Harlan Estate includes more than 240 acres of land! Everything is not planted. A lot of the surface area is relegated to the picturesque hills, valleys and amazing views from various overlooks.
2) BOND 2016 Vecina Proprietary Red Napa Valley 1.5 Liter MAGNUM
Price ( $1,188.88 ) - Buy Now
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 100 POINTS
"Vecina vineyard is located in the western foothills of Oakville, just to the south-east of the winery (up on Oakville Grade). Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Vecina slips sensuously out of the glass with gorgeous black cherries, kirsch, wild blueberries and blackcurrant pastilles notes plus suggestions of bouquet garni, pencil lead, tilled earth and underbrush.
Full-bodied, taut and packed with ripe, expressive, exquisitely accented black and blue fruits, it has loads of earthy sparks and a compelling fine-grained nature to the firm texture, finishing long and layered. This bright, energetic, incredibly nuanced beauty is built like a brick house and, while approachable in youth, is easily a 50-year wine. I therefore urge readers to wait at least 5-7 years before opening to allow for the myriad of subtle nuances to emerge and offer that 'WOW' experience that will reward patience."
3) Realm 2018 The Absurd Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Price ($1,188.88) - Buy Now
99 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Absurd stems from a simple yet fantastically complex proposition: it is the best wine Realm Cellars produces. The Absurd could be one varietal, it could be five. It could come from one vineyard lot, it could come from a dozen. Each time we make The Absurd we start with a blank canvas. Our sole guideline is our palate. Our single aim is the best Napa Valley wine of the vintage.
The name and maybe even the ethos of the wine itself is derived from absurdism, a belief that calls into question the meaning of life. Perhaps there is no point…or rather, it is up to each individual to find unique meaning and purpose for themselves. So it is with The Absurd. We never assign descriptors to The Absurd because it is beyond description. Or at least beyond our description, beyond the simplicity of the vineyards or varietals that go into it. What is the meaning of The Absurd? We leave it to you to discover.
4) Promontory 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Price - ($999) - Buy Now
Robert Parker 98+ Points: “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Promontory opens with a slowly unfurling, incredibly profound nose of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, plum preserves and raspberry coulis with nuances of wild mushrooms, tilled soil, yeast extract, tapenade and cedar chest plus a waft of violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a solid structure of firm, very ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the taut, elegantly played fruit, finishing with loads of mineral and earthy layers. Unlike any other 2015, I feel this wine has shut down just slightly and may well warrant a higher score when I come to taste it next year.”
5) Realm 2017 MOONRACER Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 L MAGNUM
Price - ($888.88) - Buy Now
97 Points James Suckling
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck
95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 Points Vinous
Moonracer. Realm Cellars’ first estate wine from our vineyard on Wappo Hill in the Stags Leap District. It is said this elevated site was important to the Wappo Native Americans as it provided the tribe with a central lookout from which to identify intruders and such. The Wappos, though small in number, were known for their bravery, strength and athleticism. Jack London, who wrote about the curious inter-tribal races that took place during full moons, noted that the Wappos often won. Thus Moonracer, an oblique reference to the earliest inhabitants of the place Realm calls home.
Needless to say that this is not the whole list of the vintage and expensive wines, but we won’t also waste your time with lists. You can always keep in touch with us and learn more! Cheers!