1998 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
- 94 WA
- 92 WS
- 91 IWC
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($250) Good medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, redcurrant, cocoa powder and tobacco, with a vegetal trace in the background. Focused and precise in the mouth, with lovely texture and sweetness. Notes of blueberry and tobacco. Finishes juicy and long. With extended aeration, this impeccably made wine showed richer aromas of black raspberry and mocha, and a fatter texture, with strong but harmonious acidity enabling the wine to maintain its shape. Certainly one of the half-dozen strongest cabernet-based wines from this difficult vintage.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Wonderful aromas of ripe crushed plums and berries with just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, chewy finish. This needs some bottle age to soften.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was bottled in late June, has turned out even better that I thought last year. It boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to an expressive bouquet of cassis, minerals, and smoke. This multi-textured, round wine exhibits sweet, well-integrated tannin, a great mid-palate and finish, as well as spectacular purity and palate presence. Consume it now and over the next 15-20 years. There are 500 cases of this wine. As most readers know, this wine has become the ultimate collector's Cabernet Sauvignon, routinely fetching $800 to as much as $2000 a bottle at wine auctions. Of course, this makes no sense to me or Screaming Eagle's owner, the amiable Jean Phillips, who sells the wine for $125 a bottle. Unquestionably an exquisite wine, it offers remarkably rich creme de cassis aromas and flavors in an unmanipulated, compelling fashion. The winemaking is assisted by well-known consultant Heidi Barrett. From the red, iron-rich soils of the Oakville District, the wine is aged in 65% new French oak for 18-20 months.
Self | Rating: 94Author: winefolio
Self | Rating: 95Really good. Was prepared for this to not live up to the hype. It's good. Like a good earthy old world but with a lot of cassis like CA. Price is crazy, but it's really good.Author: jsp2000
Self | Rating: 96Very intense cabernet with deep purple color and strong, almost overpowering nose. Third time I've had SE, but first of the 98 vintage. If I were to compare to the other great cabernets that I've had, this one bottle would not make it to the top of the grade (which includes SE 1996, which was really terrific). However, when compared to other 98's this was a pretty strong showing, particuarly if you like very fruit forward cabernets. General concensus of the six people that tasted it with a 98 Quiceda Creek was that this was a deeper, more complex wine with just about more of everything. This said, it was a closer match up then one might have expected. A couple of people even prefered the Quiceda Creek over the SE.Author: Charley
Jean Phillips, a former real estate agent bought the 23 hectare vineyard in 1986 which was planted to produce a mix of varieties, most of which Phillips sold to various Napa wineries. With all white varieties but for 4,000 square meters, approximately 80 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon. Philips sought the opinions of Robert Mondavi Winery employees on the commercial potential of her wine before hiring Richard Peterson as a consultant and subsequently met Peterson's daughter, Heidi Peterson Barrett, who became her winemaker. The 1992 vintage, through a combination of very low production numbers and highly positive reviews (wine critic Robert Parker awarded the wine 99 points), resulted in Screaming Eagle wine sold at unusually high prices.
In 2006 the estate sold to Stanley Kroenke. In an ongoing replanting strategy, the vineyard manager David Abreu is employed to oversee the process. The vineyards tended by vineyard foreman Jorge Delgado while the current winemaker is Nick Gislason.
The estate has gained unprecedented acclaim in such a short period of time and the wins can be found in charity auction and investment portfolios for unprecedented dollar amounts. The quality is undeniable and the production of an average 700 cases makes this incredibly rare and precious. To note, the 2005 vintage produced only 400 cases.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 454 bottles owned
- 176 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 176 collectors)