Originally posted by Danyull:
Status and market price. That's about it.
Not that I would know, have never tried it.
Agree. I've had several bottles - 1997 being most notable. The 1997 was absolutely stupendous if you were lucky enough to have gotten it at it's original price of ~$150 back then (I think). I was not that lucky and traded for this bottle. Again, it's great wine, but I am often left thinking "Man, I wish I had a case of really good Napa Cab" instead of this 1 bottle of really good Napa Cab
To be clear, it is great wine but can often be bested by bottles that are 1/8th - 1/10th the cost.
Gman, DD and I had dinner at Tribecca Grill a few years back. Gman finagled a fantastic deal from the Somm on a bottle of 2010 Spottswood (I believe it was on the list for $400 or so and Gman scored it for $200 . . . don't ask me how). We were enjoying what I considered to be one of the better Napa cabs I had had in a long long time while some young traders across the bar were cracking open a bottle of 2011 Screaming Eagle to the tune of ~$4,500. The Somm himself said, "I'd much rather have what you're drinking."
In short . . . as a drinker Screaming Eagle is up there with a flooded field of Napa greats. The bottle looks pretty cool in a cellar, but at a release price just barely below $1,000 these days, it better look good in a cellar!