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  • Country ranking ?

    6
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Wild duck with chanterelles

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The bottled 1999 (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is as profound as I predicted a year and a half ago. It boasts an opaque purple color along with a gorgeously pure nose of creme de cassis, charcoal, and floral characteristics. The wine is opulent, dense, and rich, with exceptional purity, a viscous texture, and impressive underlying tannin that frames its large but elegant personality. Not surprisingly, this is a candidate for the wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. (RP)   (8/2002) 

97 points Wine Spectator

  (Collectibles) A brilliant effort. Deliciously rich and complex, with gobs of concentrated black cherry, blackberry, plum and currant flavors focused in on a tight beam. Intense and concentrated, it exhibits a supple, polished texture, gaining complexity and nuance on a long, detailed finish.   (11/2002) 

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Bright, saturated medium ruby. Very ripe, sweet, aromatic nose combines bitter cherry, currant, chocolate, espresso, baking spices and licorice. Expansive, sweet and mouthfilling; almost shockingly large-scaled for this wine. Velvety and seamless, with ripe acids giving the wine shape. Subtle notes of currant leaf, maple syrup and game. Finishes rich and long, with sweet tannins. Seems riper and more textured than recent vintages of this wine.   (12/2002)

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The Story

“First and foremost, I will be perpetuating the fresh, delicate style of wine that has been the Screaming Eagle hallmark since 1992. Across two winemakers before me (Heidi and Andy), that style has stayed remarkably consistent, which is part of the uniqueness of this ranch. The character of the vineyard really asserts itself. What will be new is the discovery of the young vine plots, and the ways that we can farm them individually to get the best site expression possible. It is a winemaker’s dream to be able to truly understand and manage a vineyard acre by acre and spend an enormous amount of time out there with the vines,” Nick Gislason, Winemaker. 

 

One would not say that Screaming Eagle offers value versus price, but like Romanee-Conti it exists in another league. There is so little produced, with most of the production remaining in the US to be consumed domestically, that the global market clammers for whatever it can secure. Screaming Eagle is spectacular wine, a massive, fruit forward beast, with incredible dark fruits and power: it is a wonderful, special and breath-taking wine to drink.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Round and Flavorful

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Toasty, Floral, Perfumed and Spice

nose

Youthful, Complex, Fresh and Ripe

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Fresh and Silky tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is open, intense, youthful, complex, refined, fresh, ripe, seductive and charming. The taste is fresh, round, harmonious, silky, perfumed, toasty, vivid, refined, with medium tannin ., with silky tannins, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, well-structured, well-integrated, good texture structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, blackcurrant, toasty, floral, perfumed and spice flavours. The finish is long, flavorful, lingering, vibrant and round. This wine is sophisticated,wonderful, impressive and superb.
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  • 98p

Information

Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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