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  • Country ranking ?

    60
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked St. George Cheese with Red Onion Jam

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100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"  It doesn't get any better than 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, a perfect wine. Representing the essence of cassis liqueur intermixed with blackberries, minerals, licorice, and toast, this full-bodied, multi-dimensional classic is fabulous, with extraordinary purity, symmetry, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. It has the overall equilibrium to evolve for nearly two dec.ades, but it will be hard to resist upon release. (RP) " (1/ 2000)

95 points Wine Spectator

" A potent wine of finesse and grace, this weaves together a rich and complex array of cedary currant, toasty oak, hazelnut and black cherry flavors that finish in a long, intricate aftertaste. " (10/ 2000)

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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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Wine Information

After terrible winter floods, 1986 was another early vintage in Napa Valley.
The flowering season, early due to several consecutive heat waves, was already advanced when estate agent Jean Phillips arrived at a vineyard by the Silverado Trail and Oakville Crossroad.
With her experience of numerous properties and vineyards, Phillips senses something extraordinary and magical there. She realises she wants this ranch for herself. Without knowing much about the quality of the wines from the plot, she makes an offer for it. The price is accepted and, having paid, Phillips becomes the owner of the 57-acre vineyard.

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Tasting note

color

Full and Ruby red

ending

Long, Gentle and Extensive

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Plum, Mint and Vanilla

nose

Youthful, Complex, Seductive and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, High tannin, Complex, Balanced, Well-structured, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Rich and Vigor

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Lovers of big and powerful cultwines from Napa Valley will be thrilled with this already very enjoyable to drink vintage. Fine looking bottle. Decanted for four hours. Screaming Eagle 1997 has a very youthful appearance, with a brilliant, deep, purple-red colour. There are powerful, complex and very exciting aromas of black berries, violets, sweet vanilla, as well as a toasty oaky overtone. Very intense and super concentrated wine with a thick and mouth-filling structure. This multi-dimensional wine has a very long, silky aftertaste of spice and very ripe cassis fruit. The 1997 is a real treat to drink now, but there is no hassle whatsoever, since you can easily keep it for 5-15 more years.
  • 97p

Dark, ruby red colour. Intense jammy bramble-blueberry-raspberry nose with spicy and meaty tones. Full-bodied, vivid palate is intense and delicately jammy with silky smooth tannins. Energetic, long, and  lingering finish with bramble and cherry notes. JL 96p (9/2018)

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Information

Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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