Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley Wine Producers:

Dominus
Harlan Estate
Opus One
Scarecrow
Screaming Eagle

Napa Valley USA

Napa Valley Wine Region Summary

Despite being just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, California’s Napa Valley produces a not-insignificant 49.7 million cases of wine per year, contributing $50bn to the total US economy and accounting for 27% of California’s total wine industry economy – no mean feat considering only 4% of California’s wine grapes come from the region.

Napa Valley is small, but it’s a major player in the wine world. Its dry, Mediterranean climate – which covers only 2% of the Earth’s surface – coupled with more than 100 soil variations and half of all soil orders found in the world means Napa Valley vintners are able to produce consistent quality wines from a wide-ranging selection of grapes, although the region is probably best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

California’s first recognised AVA (American Viticultural Area), Napa Valley – an appellation itself – is home to 16 subappellations, with terroir ranging from the cool, mountain-influenced temperatures of Atlas Peak’s 2,600ft-above-sea-level elevation, to the hotter, drier climate of St Helena, the narrowest part of the Napa Valley floor.

Over 700 wineries have developed within Napa’s young history. While records show the first commercial vineyard opened in 1858 (where John Patchett sold his wine for $2 a gallon), premium wine production didn’t begin until the 1960s – the area had to contend with a phylloxera outbreak, Prohibition and the Great Depression in between – and it wasn’t until the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, when a Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon bested several famous French labels, that the area’s reputation as a producer of world class wines was cemented.

This status (coupled of course with the area’s good weather and near-coastal location) means Napa Valley is now a one of enotourism’s most popular destinations, with 4.5 million people visiting the area’s 1600 vineyards every year.

However, such is the impact of its tourism industry – and the relatively intense environmental footprint that comes from producing so much from so little – that the area is generally regarded as one of the most environmentally-conscious wine-producing regions in the world. Indeed, it became the first agricultural preserve in the United States in 1968, and is now home to a number of green winemaking initiatives and certification schemes, designed to ensure sustainability now and in the future, lest the delicate balance of economy and environment be disrupted.

It’s no surprise, then, that Napa Valley wines tend to command higher prices than wines from the region’s more unassuming neighbours, such as Sonoma Valley. Its consistent climate and extraordinary combination of diverse soils and topography make the area unlike any other wine-producing region in the world, and its wines are held in high acclaim by critics throughout the industry. The Cardinale 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon scores a perfect 100 points from Wine Enthusiast, while famous critic Robert Parker gives no less than 14 different producers full marks for their offerings. Shafer Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, Lokoyo and Harlan Estates are stand-out names, while Robert Mondavi and Rubicon Estate offer Napa’s unique New World quality at a more accessible price. 

Yet despite the flourishing economy surrounding Napa’s wine production, there remains a solid sense of community – no doubt due to the region’s modest size. Some 95% of all the area’s wineries.

Napa Valley Price Analysis

High
Highest £89,424.00 Screaming Eagle, 1992
Average
Average vintage price £11,768.05
Low
Lowest £425.00 Dominus Napanook, 2011

Napa Valley Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Screaming Eagle 2015 Screaming Eagle £28,800.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2014 Screaming Eagle £26,197.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2014 Screaming Eagle £7,100.00 3x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2013 Screaming Eagle £28,000.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2012 Screaming Eagle £30,024.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2012 Screaming Eagle £8,632.00 3x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2011 Screaming Eagle £29,600.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2010 Screaming Eagle £33,200.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2009 Screaming Eagle £28,580.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2008 Screaming Eagle £42,252.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2007 Screaming Eagle £40,500.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2006 Screaming Eagle £27,000.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2005 Screaming Eagle £32,952.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2004 Screaming Eagle £28,380.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2003 Screaming Eagle £36,482.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2002 Screaming Eagle £36,732.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2001 Screaming Eagle £37,391.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2001 Screaming Eagle £10,350.00 3x75cl
Screaming Eagle 2000 Screaming Eagle POA 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1999 Screaming Eagle £29,644.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1998 Screaming Eagle £28,236.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1997 Screaming Eagle £51,280.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1996 Screaming Eagle £37,000.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1995 Screaming Eagle £34,200.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1994 Screaming Eagle £42,000.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1993 Screaming Eagle £37,680.00 12x75cl
Screaming Eagle 1992 Screaming Eagle £89,424.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2015 Scarecrow £6,880.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2014 Scarecrow £7,600.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2014 Scarecrow £2,050.00 3x75cl
Scarecrow 2013 Scarecrow £8,200.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2013 Scarecrow £2,050.00 3x75cl
Scarecrow 2012 Scarecrow £5,940.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2011 Scarecrow £4,884.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2010 Scarecrow £5,940.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2009 Scarecrow £6,564.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2008 Scarecrow £5,508.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2007 Scarecrow £11,060.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2006 Scarecrow £6,200.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2005 Scarecrow £7,360.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2004 Scarecrow £7,500.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2003 Scarecrow £6,660.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2002 Scarecrow POA 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2001 Scarecrow £4,284.00 12x75cl
Scarecrow 2000 Scarecrow POA 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2015 Dominus £589.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2014 Dominus £540.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2013 Dominus £575.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2012 Dominus £535.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2011 Dominus £425.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2010 Dominus £490.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2009 Dominus £470.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2008 Dominus £450.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2007 Dominus £440.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2006 Dominus £430.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2005 Dominus £1,350.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2004 Dominus £464.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2003 Dominus £495.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2002 Dominus £480.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2001 Dominus £768.00 12x75cl
Dominus Napanook 2000 Dominus £480.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2015 Dominus £2,628.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2015 Dominus £1,501.50 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2014 Dominus £1,800.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2014 Dominus £910.00 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2013 Dominus £3,200.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2012 Dominus £2,048.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2012 Dominus £1,040.50 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2011 Dominus £1,100.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2011 Dominus £695.00 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2010 Dominus £3,000.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2010 Dominus £1,540.00 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2009 Dominus £1,900.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2009 Dominus £1,140.00 6x75cl
Dominus Estate 2008 Dominus £2,196.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2007 Dominus £1,790.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2006 Dominus £1,744.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2005 Dominus £2,000.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2004 Dominus £2,330.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2003 Dominus £1,500.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2002 Dominus £3,400.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2001 Dominus £2,628.00 12x75cl
Dominus Estate 2000 Dominus £1,732.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2015 Opus One £2,700.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2014 Opus One £2,790.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2014 Opus One £1,470.00 6x75cl
Opus One 2013 Opus One £3,084.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2013 Opus One £1,600.00 6x75cl
Opus One 2012 Opus One £2,756.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2012 Opus One £1,447.00 6x75cl
Opus One 2011 Opus One £3,000.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2010 Opus One £3,170.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2010 Opus One £1,665.00 6x75cl
Opus One 2009 Opus One £3,400.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2008 Opus One £3,600.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2007 Opus One £3,344.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2006 Opus One £3,000.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2005 Opus One £3,450.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2004 Opus One £3,191.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2003 Opus One £3,540.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2002 Opus One £4,476.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2001 Opus One £3,477.00 12x75cl
Opus One 2000 Opus One £3,420.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2016 Harlan Estate POA 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2015 Harlan Estate £12,000.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2014 Harlan Estate £9,700.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2013 Harlan Estate £13,200.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2013 Harlan Estate £6,800.00 6x75cl
Proprietary Red 2012 Harlan Estate £8,600.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2011 Harlan Estate £7,740.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2010 Harlan Estate £10,340.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2009 Harlan Estate POA 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2008 Harlan Estate £13,080.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2007 Harlan Estate £12,800.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2006 Harlan Estate POA 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2005 Harlan Estate £5,808.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2004 Harlan Estate £7,560.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2003 Harlan Estate £7,800.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2002 Harlan Estate £12,780.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2001 Harlan Estate £11,660.00 12x75cl
Proprietary Red 2000 Harlan Estate £5,460.00 12x75cl