2009 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

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2009 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon
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(87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 5% merlot): Good bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of crushed cassis, ripe redcurrant, licorice, bitter chocolate, tobacco and spearmint. Smooth and impressively concentrated, with a hint of medicinal austerity to the flavors of black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate and menthol. Penetrating, gripping wine with great flavor intensity. Powerfully structured too, finishing with firm tannins and outstanding, slowly building, juicy length. The pH here is 3.8, according to estate manager Armand de Maigret, but the wine boasts outstanding lift.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Score: 100
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
Simply unbelievable.
Score: 100
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/01/2013
Drink Dates:
Ultra exotic on the nose, super jammy, with blueberries and sweet under tones. If it was blind i think it would be a Petrus 1982. This could be one of the best CA wines I have tried. You would think it would be too young (like killing babies) but you would be wrong. This is an amazing wine and is drinking now but on the palate it has the density, numerous layers, structure and an incredible finish (like 60 plus sec) to age way beyond what you would think. In fact, on second thoughts, it reminds me more of a great Margaux (especially the sweet red rose like undertones) that can drink very young and age with grace. A remarkable wine. Bravo!

About This Producer


Screaming Eagle is a success story almost without equal and is the definitive "cult" classic of Napa. Founded in 1989 by Jean Philips, it "captures the essence of one great Cabernet site in Oakville." Growing mostly Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc on its little plot of land, Screaming Eagle produces an averages of 500 cases per year. The majority of that is sold only to members on the notoriously difficult to join mailing list.

Winemaker Heidi Barrett has helped propel this winery into legendary status, utilizing her expertise in showcasing the subtleties of individual vineyards for amazing results. As of 2006 the winemaker is Andy Erickson, who also makes wines for Arietta, Hartwell and Favia.

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