1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Magnum - 99 pts - OWC - 1500ml

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1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Magnum - 99 pts! IMPOSSIBLE

Screaming Eagle is California's original and most sought after cult wine in the world. Produced in tiny quantities from a small vineyard in Napa's Oakville appellation, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine regularly sells for upwards of $3000 plus a bottle and is America's most expensive regularly produced wine.

Jean Phillips established the vineyards in 1986, and set about selling fruit to local producers in Napa. After a few years, the decision was made to set up a winery, and the first vintage of Screaming Eagle was released in 1992. Robert Parker rated this first vintage at 99 points, and cult status was sealed – since then, the 1997 and 2007 vintages have achieved the coveted 100-point rating from the famous wine critic. Sales are done from the winery through a mailing list, which has been full since 2000 – and there is a waiting list several thousand names long.

Screaming Eagle's vineyard lies within the Oakville AVA in the southern part of Napa Valley. It is planted mainly to Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a small plot of Sauvignon Blanc. Screaming Eagle's second wine, Second Flight, is made from the vineyard's younger vines, and a white wine, the Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc, was introduced in 2012. Although sold initially for $250 a bottle in 2012, this wine quickly reached astronomical prices on the secondary market as well, up to 10 times the release price.

In 2006, Screaming Eagle was famously sold to Stanley Kroenke and Charles Banks for an undisclosed sum, rumored to be upwards of $30 million. Nowadays Kroenke owns Screaming Eagle outright.


Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1992
Rating RP99/WS96
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1992
Rating 99 RP
New French Oak 
Jean Phillips 
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle 
Heidi Barrett 
175 cases 

Robert Parker

Rating 99 RP - RARE This small operation is located just below the Dalla Valle vineyard near the Oakville Cross. Screaming Eagle's Cabernet Sauvignons are going to create quite a stir among lovers of that varietal - if they are able to latch onto a bottle or two. The estate is owned by Tony Bowden and Jean Phillips one of Napa Valley's leading real estate agents. With the help of Heidi Barrett and Gustav Dalla Valle this operation's debut vintage is the extraordinary 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon one of the greatest young Cabernets I have ever tasted. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered and aged in 60% new oak. It is only sold via a mailing list so readers who want to taste one of the most exciting young wines being produced should get on the list. The 175 cases of the 1992 are followed by only 130 cases of the 1993 and a tiny quantity of 1994 as the last two vintages were even smaller in crop size. At present the 1992 can be bought at the following Napa Valley locations: the restaurants Don Giovanni and Brava and at the St. Helena Wine Center and Oakville Grocery. Don't dilly-dally around on this one. The 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon is exceptionally impressive. The wine's opaque purple color is followed by a sensational nose of jammy blackcurrants and subtle toasty oak. As stunning as the aromatics are the wine reveals even greater richness and intensity on the palate offering up layers of stunningly proportioned ripe intense fruit full body great purity and an inner-core of sweet creamy highly extracted blackcurrant/cassis fruit. The tannin is nearly concealed behind the massive extract and richness. All the component parts are brilliantly focused and in balance. The finish is awesome! This is a spectacular debut release that should age effortlessly for 20 years. Screaming Eagle is one of the most exciting new wineries in California. 

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator WS96



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