1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - OWC - 3 x 750ml

1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - OWC - 3 x 750ml

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1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - 98 Pts!

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 1996
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 3 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 3
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon 500 cases reveals more noticeable tannin than the 1995 as well as a similarly opaque purple color and a tell-tale creme de cassis-scented nose intermixed with subtle toasty oak licorice and flower blossoms. The 1996 may be a bit brawnier but that is a tough call to make at this stage. This enormously concentrated yet strikingly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon will require bottle aging when released. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. As I have tried so hard to articulate in past reviews what makes these wines so stunning is the black currant/cassis fruit. Screaming Eagle may be the most extravagantly pure and rich expression of cassis one can find ... short of drinking cassis liqueur. There is an unbelievable purity to these wines as well as phenomenal concentration and richness yet in no sense are they heavy ponderous or out of balance. RP

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

Burghound

Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1996
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 3 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 3
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle
Color Red
Production
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