As the fine wine market has broadened, an increasing number of US wines have been trading on the secondary market. To coincide with Independence Day in America, we decided to take a look at the top traded US wines on Liv-ex by value thus far in 2018.
As the table shows, all of the top-trading wines are from California. Dominus 2014 took the top spot, closely followed by Opus One 2014. Both wines were released in October last year. Back then, Liv-ex found that on average, recent vintages of Dominus tended to have a higher score but a lower Market Price than their corresponding Opus One vintages.
Several vintages of Screaming Eagle also featured in the top 10. The 2015 vintage was recently awarded 100 points by Lisa Perotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate). In her tasting note she said that the wine “leaps from the glass” and “finishes with incredible vibrancy and depth”. Screaming Eagle was also the highest-ranking US wine in the 2017 Power 100. It ranked 23rd in 2017, up from 69th the previous year.
Aside from Screaming Eagle, Harlan Propriety Red 2014 was one of the most expensive wines to feature in the top 10. Stay tuned, as we will be publishing an interview with the estate’s CEO, Bill Harlan in the coming weeks.
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Back in 2016, we interviewed David Pearson, CEO of Opus One. To read the interview, click here.