California Under Pressure
With the boom times over, high-priced wines are stacking up
Issue: December 15, 2002
Bill Harlan leans over a yellow legal pad to sketch out the economics of his particular brand of winemaking. Harlan, in his office at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif., can offer many reasons why he priced his 1998 Harlan Estate, one of Napa Valley's most expensive and most scarce Cabernet Sauvignons, at $175 a bottle (the 1999, to be released next spring, is priced at $250 a bottle).
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 15, 2002.