2006 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95($750; includes 17% merlot) Good full red-ruby. Slightly medicinal aromas of red berries, minerals, brown spices, menthol and tobacco leaf. Pliant, generous and sweet, with lovely depth to the red berry, plum and tobacco flavors. This subtly complex wine rises and expands on the very long back end, dusting the mouth with flavor. Still a bit youthfully tight and in need of patience. A superb vintage for this wine, and a fitting swan song for the |old style| of Screaming Eagle. The cabernet franc was left out of the wine because it was |too drying,| noted winemaker Andy Erickson, who made the final blend very late and bottled the wine last September.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19Already some evolution evident at the rim. Very scented, flirtatious bouquet with real lift and some earthiness. There's a hint of very dark savoury chocolate on the nose but the wine is far from heavy and sweet. Transparent and expressive with a dry finish. Very appetising yet obviously the produce of a warm season on a special terroir, like turbo charged claret. Persistent with a dry kick on the finish.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Rustic and chewy, tight and compact, but well-focused, tannic and complex. This is slow to reveal its core of dried currant, mineral, sage and dusty berry fruit, with a long yet taut finish, ending with an edge of pencil lead. 500 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning. A wine that is only now beginning to shed its tannin, the 2006 stands out for its vibrancy and energy. All of the classic Screaming Eagle notes are in the glass, but with a little more edge and cut than in most vintages. Sweet red berries, crushed rocks, flowers and spice box are alive in the glass. Over time, hints of sage, mint rosemary and pencil shavings add complexity. The 2006 is a decidedly cool-weather wine with less opulence than either the 2007 or 2009, but it is absolutely singing today. Another few years will only help the wine come together even more fully, but it is impossible to miss the 2006's utterly breathtaking beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.Author: Antonio Galloni
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
- 456 bottles owned
- 145 collectors