Originally Posted by Manton
I really did not think it was worth it (not that I paid for it). And I'm not a cab hater, I love cabs. But there are wines I like more that cost a lot less. For that kind of $$ I'd much rather take a flyer on an old, rare Bordeaux or Burg.
In all sincerity ... I typically limit my wine purchases to $125 a bottle when paying retail ... perhaps double that at a restaurant. And ... note that I said limit. There are many wines in my celler that are in the $30 range ... and I'll often find a $75 bottle at a restaurant that suits me well.
Now, for a special occasion wine, I'll go north of $125. The price of a bottle of Screaming Eagle is for a VERY
special occasion. It's not often that I would spend that kind of money on a bottle of wine.
That said ... my first bottle of Screaming Eagle was a gift. I was totally unaware of its cost or quality. We were headed to Carmel for the weekend and stopped at an In-and-Out Burger. Guess what we opened. Maybe that's why I was so impressed with the taste. I wasn't expecting anything in the league we had.