Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Looks more evolved than most. Smudgy, cloudy nose. Flattering mineral notes and good balance. ÿLovely fully evolved wine with savoury interest but the polar opposite of say wine ÿnumber 1. Fresh finish. Not intense but very well balanced. [It was the extent of its evolution that stopped me giving this wine, which I couldn't help thinking was Haut-Brion, a higher score.]Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95Love the aromas in this wine with vanilla, chocolate and berry character. Full-bodied, with soft and refined tannins and a long, long flavorful finish. A refined and classy Eagle. All in proportion. Some austerity. Tight and sexy.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 99The last time I had this wine, it seemed much more developed, youthful and approachable. This particular bottle, which was pulled from my cellar, was super-powerful, dense and concentrated, as well as structured and backward. Aeration helped somewhat, but this looks like a very long-lived wine, and my initial suggestion of an anticipated maturity date (2010-2025) should be changed to 2015-2035. Only 450 cases were made of this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from former proprietor Jean Phillips' vineyards just south of the Oakville crossroads. The spectacular dense blue/purple color remains opaque. The wine displays the hallmark creme de cassis, floral and licorice notes that are so pure, vivid and intense, and which have always been part of this vineyard's classic trademark. With great purity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and even more thickness, power and density than I remember, this wine has put on weight, developed more structure, and looks like a candidate for 30 more years of aging potential. This is a brilliant wine, much in keeping with the legendary status of this producer.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 98Author: winefolio
Self | Rating: 95Darkly colored with aromas of cherry liqueur (Screaming Eagle?s trademark), light spice, and oak with a touch of funk. Very very plush on the finish with finely grained tannin. Finish lasts for over a minute. Flavors of cherry, graham cracker, velvety chocolate, and round smooth oak. Elegant with great strength and texture most winemakers would die for to obtain.Drink Dates: 2008-2015+Author: Daniel B
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
- 661 bottles owned
- 209 collectors
- Average collector rating: 97
(Out of 209 collectors)