You hear about these cult wines that sell for hundreds of dollars a bottle. Then, there’s the $10 Chardonnay that everyone loves.
What do you pay for in a bottle of wine? Why are some more expensive than others?
Here are a few reasons why a wine might cost more than others, and each one means more expense for the winery –
–handcrafting in the cellar (native yeast, punchdown by hand, extended maceration, stirring the lees)
–new oak barrels and/or many different kinds
–many months stored in fine oak barrels
–heavier bottles, costly labels
The result of all this care is – the winemaker hopes!—a wine that has a distinct character with layers or aroma and flavor, a pleasing texture and is usually age-worthy.
Often, these wines come from small artisan wineries like those in our Signature Series.