2009 Screaming Eagle - Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville) 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

(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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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
Simply unbelievable.

Rating: 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!

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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 PetersonĂ¢??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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