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