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Screaming Eagle

Est. 1986

And, of course, this leads us to the ne plus ultra of California wine: Screaming Eagle, or Screagle, as it is affectionately known. While the property that was to be Screaming Eagle was purchased in 1986, it wasn’t until 1992 that the first vintage was commercially produced.  

The bulk of the original property was planted to white grapes with barely an acre devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. From those old vines, a tiny amount of wine was produced and was met with a feverish reception. Not only did the major critics all go gaga over the wine, but there really was almost no wine made. So, the results were predictable: sky-high prices.

Today Screagle draws from more than 60 acres of fruit and, while production is still low and scores still high, the breathtaking prices make me wonder what people think they are actually buying. 

Current release prices include:

2007 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, $1,500

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  • Snooth User: cv4wine
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    After reading articles like this, I grin remembering the famous Getty tasting where in most of these labels were blind tasted along with Ernest and Julio's Estate Bottled Sonoma Cab which outscored most of them. You're very correct when you hint that ratings are in the palate of the individual taster.

    Dec 06, 2010 at 6:07 PM


  • Snooth User: lisamattsonwine
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    The subject line of the email said "California Classics" and I bit. Are cult wines classics by default? If Aubert wines have only been around for a decade, can they already be classics?

    Just curious of your take on what makes a wine a classic.

    Cheers,
    Lisa
    http://blog.jordanwinery.com/

    Dec 07, 2010 at 3:59 PM


  • A similar situation to the Gallo incident occurred in Australia a few years ago when a group of consumers was asked to do a blind tasting on 5 wines.

    They knew one of them was Penfolds Grange but had no idea which one. They were then asked which one they thought was Grange, which one was the most drinkeable, and which one they liked the least.

    A twenty dollar shiraz actually was rated the highest as to drinkability and to its likelihood of being Grange. Whilst the grange was considered least preferable to most of the group.

    It was rather amusing, as at the time I worked for the distributor of the $20 wine and Grange was retailing at that point for around $350.
    Let your own palate and preferences guide you - not what someone else believes. Your taste is your own. After all I prefer Monet to DaVinci, and Gaugin to Picasso regardless of what a critic may say. But no matter what always be adventurous and seek out new brands, regions, and wine styles.

    Dec 07, 2010 at 6:12 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Lisa - Copy editors makes these wines classic!

    Of the group I would certainly consider the Inglenook to be classic California Cabernet, and maybe the Grace Family, but no, in my mind these are not the real classics, which would fall more to the Monte Bello, Montelena, Mayacamas end of the spectrum for me. Not to go all M on you.

    Nebu135 - well said!

    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM


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