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2002 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 58927-2002-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Beautiful floral notes intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice and charcoal jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2002. Opulent, broad, full-bodied and more mature than I expected given how this wine showed in its youth, this deep, rich Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptional. However, in this vintage it has to take a back seat to a number of other cuvees. The final blend was 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Gorgeous aromas of plums, berries and red fruits with just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with refined tannins and a long, ripe fruit finish. Plenty of vanilla and berry character. Needs to come together, but shows wonderful balance and harmony.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Inky with Dark Ruby lip. Crushed berries and earth on the nose. Smooth as silk on the palate, full rich and velvety, cocoa, black fruit and subtle spice. Lasted 50 seconds or longer.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Carlo L
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Spectacular bottle of wine. Juice and more juice. Felt like a big berry bomb. Plum, cherry and hints of cassis. Really a terrific wine, a little pricy though....
    Author: Charley
Screaming Eagle Winery and Vineyards is a California wines estate producing limited amounts of varietal wine to the small quantities produced and high prices commanded, their wines are considered cult wines. The winery is located in Oakville, California north of the town of Napa in the Napa Valley.

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.

See other similar producers:Vineyard 29,Grace Family,Colgin Cellars

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 717 bottles owned
  • 220 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 220 collectors)