The most expensive wine ever sold is the Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992. Sold at $500,000, the 1992 aged wine is the exception to the dated rule of rare wine. It was not even a decade old at the time of purchase.
Sold at a Charity Auction
The six liter Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 bottle sold for a whopping half a million bucks in 2000 at a Napa Valley charity auction! It was only available for a limited time in 1995, and apparently was very popular. it was popular to one wine connoisseur Chase Bailey, a former Cisco Systems executive. He purchased this most expensive wine at the charity sale for half a million dollars.
The Popular Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled by the Bordeaux Merlot, and its opposite of the Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, the Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every wine growing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley.
Napa Valley, Home Of The Most Expensive Wine
This most expensive wine originated from grapes grown in Napa Valley, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, California, is the most famous and prestigious wine region anywhere in the New World. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley’s vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The most expensive wine, the Screaming Eagle Cabernet, is at an average price of $22,396 and is still a very popular wine.
Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.