Cha-ching! The 5 Most Expensive California Cabernets

Once upon a time, Bordeaux, France was the only place to get a truly great Cabernet Sauvignon. There were no other choices, and any other region’s production was simply less than adequate. Enter California, and the beautiful Napa Valley, which has easily become one of the greatest Cabernet producing regions in the entire world. Now, you can very easily obtain a bottle of luscious red wine that rivals the quality of the French variety but it’s home grown.

The California Cabernet Sauvignon has become so popular that there are actually bottles that people fight for. Vineyards and wineries with names known around the globe are producing some of the most expensive bottles you could ever find, and they’re gaining the recognition of the toughest critics out there.


Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $2,499

Without a doubt the most expensive Cab to come out of California, the Screaming Eagle is so famous that it’s incredibly hard to find unless you live in the Napa Valley. There is a huge waitlist of people trying to get a bottle, and the winery produces such a small quantity that it cannot allow for tours or tastings. Drink in the company of people you love dearly, as this is not a wine to waste!

Schrader Cellars Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $1,749

The Schrader Cellars business is a family-owned one. Like many great winemakers of the Napa Valley, they started on a small whim, producing beautiful wines that spoke for themselves. This Cabernet Sauvignon has garnered the acclaim of the winemaking industry with its luxurious purple color dark and luscious flavors such as licorice, oak, and blueberry.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $899

Scarecrow wines are produced at the J.J. Cohn Estate, a place with a splendid history. It began in 1939 with some vines and a famous winemaker by the name of Gustave Niebaum and has continued on throughout Cohn’s established studio career, including the making of Wizard of Oz (hence the name Scarecrow.) This exquisite wine is made from fruits off of some of the oldest Cabernet vines still left in the Napa Valley, helping to increase its rich and intense flavors.

Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $699

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was created on a vineyard that is farmed by David Abreu, of Abreu Vineyards. The Bryant Family seeks to produce wines that celebrate the first growth vineyard terroir of the Bordeaux region without having to leave California. The Cabernet produced by the Bryant Family Vineyards has received critical acclaim from around the world for its Burgundian qualities.

Promontory Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $679

This delicacy is the latest project from Bill Harlan, of Harlan Estates, a 40-acre vineyard nestled in Oakville, California, in the heart of the Napa Valley. The Promontory Winery is a mysterious project, and the Cab is the first product. The entire idea behind the Promontory wine is to age it almost twice the normal amount of time in their barrels, and its cost comes from the potential it has based on the winemaker and the vineyard it’s from.

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