Screaming Eagle sauvignon blanc fetches $2,500 a bottle

Screaming Eagle, the Napa winery known for its cabernet sauvignon that fetches high prices, has released six hundred bottles of sauvignon blanc. Offered to “active members” on its mailing list for $250 a bottle, the offer came with the condition that they not resell it. In 2006, Stan Kroenke, owner of Arsenal and the Denver Nuggets and spouse of Ann Walton Kroenke, purchased Screaming Eagle and replanted some of the vineyards, including some sauvignon blanc.

Six of the bottles have found their way to auction, where the lot closed with a winning bid of $13,000. To whomever paid over $2,500 a bottle (including the 19.5% buyer’s premium), I say…well, YOU finish the sentence in the comments!

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22 Responses to “Screaming Eagle sauvignon blanc fetches $2,500 a bottle”

  1. …you’re a dummy and have way too much money.

  2. … very glad to see an underrated grape variety finally staring to get some overly late respect- just hope the bottles do not premox.

  3. There’s a fool born every minute.

  4. what is it with Screaming Eagle? Merry Edwards makes the best sauvignon blanc.

  5. Wow…what, why? Give me Haut Brion Blanc any day!

  6. … you could have bought a round-trip ticket to France and had enough left over to stock up on Loire Sauvignon and Crottin de Chavignol.

  7. I wonder if the bidder was someone not very familiar with wine or the English language and thought they were bidding on the Cabernet Sauvignon? Other than stupidity, I can’t think of another reason that would happen!

  8. I have a bottle of Pinot Sauvignon Petite Blanc that I would part with for a cool grand or a bridge in Florida … Your choice.

  9. — quit trying to be a prima-donna and just enjoy a good wine like the rest of us.

  10. John G – Do you really think that Napa is the place best suited to sauvignon blanc to have it gain more respect? Also, I wonder if this Screagle version sees time in new wood, a la fumé blanc? Do you really think it is underrated? On it’s own it is far more often underwhelming imho. Also, the most expensive renditions are mostly Bordeaux blanc, and there it’s arguably the semillon that adds the intrigue…

    Bob Rossi – exactly!

    Whitney – hard to keep all those sauvignons straight! 😉

  11. PS John – if you do review any sauvignon blanc again from anywhere, you can point out what a relative bargain it is, e.g. “…and a terrific value priced at $2,425 less than the Screaming Eagle SB.” or “buy 15 cases of this Sancerre for the price of one Screagle SB.” 😉

  12. Jeez, even Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Asteroide doesn’t go for more than $700.

  13. A wise purchase sir! I’d love to buy you a glass of the same. Perhaps you’d me me in Brooklyn and I can show you the bridge that I am offering for sale?

  14. Hey, good for them! If people are willing to pay that kind of price, have at it!

  15. good luck squeezing $2500 worth of satisfaction out of every single bottle. At about $100 per ounce, that shouldn’t be too hard…

  16. …you have just contributed to the plague that affects so much of the goodness of wine enthusiasm! Don’t spill any:-)

  17. my girlfriend saw this headline, and asked me why that bottle cost so much. the best answer i could come up with was, “some people like things that are expensive, and that makes them more expensive”.
    at least there is a reason why vintage champagne or first-growth bordeaux are so expensive. this just seems idiotic to me.

  18. Very simple, have someone pay $13,000 for six bottles of this wine at “auction” and suddenly the price of the remainder of those bottles triples and bottles of the next vintage come out at $1,000 a bottle. Cult wines like this are like Hummel figurines. They have nothing to do with wine.

  19. 1 btle of sauv bl from Screaming eagle ou 3-4 cases of Cotat, Vatan or Boulay… I’m not quite sure what i would choose…Hahahahahaha!!!!

  20. Hey Dr. V,

    Did you read about this wine on vinography?

    I might have to give credit to Screaming Eagle for being decent human beings after all

  21. Gabe –

    No, I read about it on wine-searcher, linked to it, and included the final price in my piece since theirs ran before the hammer fell.

    As to Alder’s point that Kroenke et al. deserve praise for further reducing the availability of this wine, I beg to differ. Fewer bottles, ceteris paribus, would mean *higher* prices. $250 ex-cellars for a half barrel aged, partial malo, California SB planted in 2006 seems, as many have pointed out here, quite steep already. They might well use these few sales north of $2,000 to justify increasing the ex-cellar price further. If they want to combat fraud, they should call Laurent Ponsot for the latest technology and strategy.

  22. Well, I can’t argue against $250 for a Napa Valley Sauv Blanc being ridiculous.

    But it does seem like Screaming Eagle was a little embarrassed by the huge resale price, and the attention it received. That shows that they have something resembling humility.

    I am curious how these cult wines got their cult status in the first place. Was it magazine scores? Supply and demand? I would love to read a blog post about that sometime…

    As always, thanks for all the great content.



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