Beware when your somm tells you this Napa Valley cult pioneer costs “thirty-seven fifty.” There is no decimal point.
Bobby Flay Steak, Atlantic City; $3,750
There’s a five-year wait to even have a shot at buying these namesake wines, like this 2001 Central Coast winner.
The French Laundry, Yountville, CA; $1,600
Jackass Hill is said to be the steepest nonterraced vineyard in Sonoma County, one that only a “jackass” would farm. Turns out, the tricky tilling was a genius idea.
The Standard, New York City; $150
In 1996, Bill Harlan famously set out “to produce a California ‘First Growth’ from the hills of Oakville.” His 40 acres of vines allow him to sustain this quality with nearly every vintage.
Gary Danko, San Francisco; $1,850
Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Groupe Artemis purchased this famous Napa vineyard in 2013. Unlike Harlan, Artemis already owned a first-growth wine—Château Latour in Pauillac.
Sorellina, Boston; $1,250
Ann Colgin, who opened her famed Napa estate in 2002, says she has no openings on her mailing list. But she does list the restaurants that carry her wines.
Ray’s on the River, Sandy Springs, GA; $750
Hamel Family Wines Estate Zinfandel
The Hamels have become legends in Sonoma County for their charitable largesse and their new Gould Evans-designed winery. Their wines are, ahem, pretty good, too.
Cosmopolitan, Telluride, CO; $87
Va La Silk Rosé
Located in mushroom country west of Philadelphia, this 750-case winery specializes in blends of Corvina, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Petit Verdot. While scarce, these wines rarely top $85.
Nectar, Berwyn, PA; $50
Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
A busy guy, Paul Hobbs makes wine, imports it and consults. This small-run Cab is from his first Napa Valley estate.
Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA; $535
In the 1990s, the late Jess Jackson challenged his new partner, Bordeaux vintner Pierre Seillan, to create a Sonoma Merlot “as good as Pétrus.” “Why not better than?” Seillan asked. La Muse is the result.
Salpicón, Chicago; $415