Screaming Eagle Winery is one of the most well-known and exclusive “cult cab” producers in Napa, California. Founded in 1986 by former real estate agent Jean Phillips, Screaming Eagle Vineyards is located in the heart of Oakville AVA and produces some of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world according to our Screaming Eagle ratings. Their inaugural 1992 vintage received 99 points from Robert Parker providing the Screaming Eagle wines with an immediate following and distinction of quality. Renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett was brought on board from the beginning and her extensive winemaking experience played a crucial role in Screaming Eagle’s early success. The vineyard is approximately 50 acres in size and production remains extremely limited at around 500 cases a year, which is one of the reasons these wines are so scarce and expensive. In 2006 Screaming Eagle was sold to business partners Stan Kroenke and Charles Banks, who in turn brought in winemaker Andy Erickson and David Abreu to handle the vineyard management. Our Screaming Eagle reviews also note their sister winery Jonata, located in Santa Ynez Valley, offers much of the same Screaming Eagle quality but at a fraction of the cost.
Ripe and flashy, offering tiers of cassis, chocolate and charry new oak flavors, wrapped in sweet, smooth tannins. Has an acidic bite midpalate that balances the lushness, and will add to the wine’s cellar-worthiness. Defines sheer power, but never loses control. Best now and through 2017, at least.— S.H. (9/1/2006)
Dark, superextracted in fruit, and with oak detailing, the ’02 Eagle is drinkable now, due to its soft, creamy mouthfeel. Floods the palate with black cherry, crème de cassis and milk chocolate flavors. Has enough rich tannins and acids to balance and hold through 2010.— S.H. (11/1/2005)
The oak certainly screams out, and it’s good oak, freshly hewn and smokily charred. Underneath is superripe fruit, plummy to the point of milk chocolate pudding. This big, heavily extracted Cab is classic Eagle in style.— S.H. (10/1/2004)