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  • Country ranking ?

    249
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Low temperature cooked veal fille.

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ...reveals lots of structure, an opaque purple color, and the hallmark blackberry and cassis liqueur-like notes. Silky-textured, fabulously-concentrated, and gorgeously-balanced, it has every component part - acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract - flawlessly presented. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. (RP)   (1/2000) 

96 points Wine Spectator

 Sharply defined, this hits all the right notes, with ripe, supple, seductive and detailed plum, berry, cherry, floral and spice flavors woven together. Picks up mineral, cedar, tar and anise on the long, elegant finish.  (11/1999) 

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Saturated ruby-red color. Complex aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, currant, marzipan, licorice and honeysuckle. Very rich and dense, but quite tightly wound; cassis, mint and tobacco flavors blossomed with aeration. Very long, firmly tannic finish. This wine was lusher and more expressive after 24 hours in the recorked bottle, showing a roasted coffee bean quality, with no loss of shape or freshness. Screaming Eagle has been remarkably consistent in recent vintages, and is one of a relative handful of California cabernets that conveys a strong sense of site specificity.   (12/1999)

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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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The nose is reminiscent of Margaux with hints of fresh herbs, cedar, violets and cassis. The palate is quite powerful with dense, velvety tannins and nice freshness. This is a wonderful Bordeaux-like Cabernet that is elegant and delicately composed. This wine should age well over the next decade.

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Dark intense, purple colour. Intense, ripe fresh black fruit nose with spices. Rich medium-bodied, bit rustic in style, firm tannins, sweet fruit, vanilla, vivid acidity, good blackcurrant fruit. Bit one-dimensional. Moderately long. 2025-2028

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Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

None

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Screaming Eagle 2011  ( Screaming Eagle )

The nose is reminiscent of Margaux with hints of fresh herbs, cedar, violets and cassis. The palate is quite powerful with dense, velvety tannins and nice freshness. This is a wonderful Bordeaux-like Cabernet that is elegant and delicately composed. This wine should age well over the next decade.

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