Wine snobs don't hesitate even when the price is high. How do you put a price, after all, on a superior vino?
But still — $168,000?
Australian winemaker Penfolds released a wine last year that cost about $1,000 — an impressive sum. But that's nothing compared with its 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is priced at, yes, $168,000.
How can that possibly be the case? The Wall Street Journal asked just that question and found that one of the selling points is what Penfolds says is the world's oldest continually producing Cabernet vines, which have been coughing up grapes since the 1880s.
The wine, which comes in a fancy special vessel ("bottle" is too tame a word), is described as having "an ethereal dimension and a saturated blackness on the palate." It's also "extraordinarily perfumed with layer upon layer of flavor."