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  • Country ranking ?

    167
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Skirt Steak with Pomegranate Sauce

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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 b...

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Mid crimson. Very sweet brushwood and very ripe sweet fruit on the nose. A completely different idiom from the red bordeaux I have just been tasting, but good balance and certainly not too heavy or alcoholic. A certain fragrance and gentle appeal. Great kick of super-clean fruit on the finish. This would be difficult to place blind, I would have thought, since it has so much more elegance than most Napa Valley Cabernets. It is still very much alive. In fact, it's still quite tight. Vindication of this property's relatively subtle style.

  • 93p

.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.

  • 98p
This is a somehow ignored vintage, which is quite normal since it came between the greater vintages of 1994 and 1997, and even the very good 1995. Nevertheless, many of the 1996s are lovely to drink today, and the Screaming Eagle is one of them. It one of the lighter and even more elegant vintages of this wine, still with the typical cassis aromatics, smoothness and fine tannins, today with small but complex notes of secondary aromas – earth, tobacco and cedar. It’s a delicious and elegant rather than great wine.
  • 95p
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Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

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None
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