1998 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - 750ml

1998 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - 750ml

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1998 Screaming Eagle Cabernet - 94 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 1998
Rating 94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 94 RP - The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon which was bottled in late June has turned out even better that I thought last year. It boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to an expressive bouquet of cassis minerals and smoke. This multi-textured round wine exhibits sweet well-integrated tannin a great mid-palate and finish as well as spectacular purity and palate presence. Consume it now and over the next 15-20 years. There are 500 cases of this wine. As most readers know this wine has become the ultimate collector's Cabernet Sauvignon routinely fetching $800 to as much as $2000 a bottle at wine auctions. Of course this makes no sense to me or Screaming Eagle's owner the amiable Jean Phillips who sells the wine for $125 a bottle. Unquestionably an exquisite wine it offers remarkably rich creme de cassis aromas and flavors in an unmanipulated compelling fashion. The winemaking is assisted by well-known consultant Heidi Barrett. RP

Wine Spectator

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Burghound

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Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1998
Rating 94 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Screaming Eagle
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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