2001 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville California USA Wine Tasting Note
Screaming Eagle Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
The annual production of Screaming Eagle remains small. It ranges from 500 to 850 cases per year, depending on the vintage. It is expected that when more of the vineyards are developed, (It is a 60 acre vineyard, although some of the land cannot be planted) production of Screaming Eagle will increase. Screaming Eagle began producing a small amount of Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc, (50 cases) in 2012.
An announcement from Screaming Eagle in July stated they would cut production of the Sauvignon Blanc to one barrel, ostensibly to thwart purchasers from reselling the wine on the open market. The Sauvignon Blanc is being offered for sale to mailing list customers for $250 per bottle.
Starting in 2012, Screaming Eagle began releasing a second wine called "Second Flight". The fruit used for Second Flight comes from young vines and declassified wine that was deemed not fit for Screaming Eagle. The debut release was offered to mailing list customers for $225 per bottle and included a vertical from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two bottles from each vintage were included in the set. Subsequent offerings consisted of only one vintage. Screaming Eagle Second Flight can be a very good wine. It's however quite different from the wine of Screaming Eagle. For example, while Screaming Eagle is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, the Second Flight can have almost as much Merlot in the blend as Cabernet Sauvignon. Prices for Second Flight have quickly risen from the debut release. The 2012 Second Flight was priced at $400 per bottle!
In 2006, 30 acres of Screaming Eagle vineyards were replanted or planted with the assistance of David Abreu. As of 2016, the vineyards of Screaming Eagle were a total of 48 planted acres. However, only 22 to 23 acres of vines are used to produce Screaming Eagle. The remainder of the vineyard is used for the production of the Second Flight and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc. At one point in time, a small amount of Petit Verdot was planted, but those vines were removed following the 1995 harvest.
Located in Oakville, off the Silverado Trail, not too far from Dalla Valle, the vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard can be divided into at least 52 separate parcels. The soils and terroir of Screaming Eagle consist of rocks, stones, gravel, loam and clay soil. What makes the soil of Screaming Eagle unique, is the multitude of changes take place in the sub soils. Each variance in the soil adds to the complexity in the wine. There are slopes and hills in the vineyard, along with a west facing exposure. The unique micro climate provides an early ripening terroir. Screaming Eagle is often one of the first vineyards in their part of Napa Valley to harvest. When the young vines are matured to the point where the owners of Screaming Eagle are happy with the results, the production of the most expensive Cult wine in California will rise to at least 1,000 cases.
The wine of Screaming Eagle is vinified in various oak tanks, barrels and stainless steel tanks that correspond to the size and need of each plot.
The 2010 vintage marks a positive development for Screaming Eagle and consumers worried about counterfeit wines. Starting with the 2010 Screaming Eagle and the Screaming Eagle Second Flight, all bottles come with a bubble coded security system that allows Screaming Eagle the ability for immediate, online, verification of authenticity. This label is attached between the foil and the bottle. The creates a serious anti counterfeiting measure that cannot be detached without the seal and foil being visibly damaged. Consumers can go to the Screaming Eagle website and enter the serial number of the bottle to find out if their bottle is genuine.
Serving and Decanting Screaming Eagle with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages of their Cabernet Sauvignon wine can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
The red wine of Screaming Eagle is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Screaming Eagle is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.
The white wine of Screaming Eagle is best served with all types of seafood and shellfish, sushi, sashimi, chicken, veal, pork and cheese.
Price aside, Screaming Eagle is a contender for the finest Cabernet Sauvignon produced in California. The wine displays intense purity, balance, soft textures and a unique character that makes this a true world class wine. Screaming Eagle is not about power, it's about elegant, refined, pure fruit and rich, silky, velvet drenched textures.
Stan Kroenke maintains numerous interests in wine related ventures and investments all over the world. In California, Stan Kroenke owns Jonata. Located in Santa Barbara in Santa Ynez, Jonata produces 8 different wines that are made from an assortment of grape varieties. In addition he also owns The Hilt, located in northern Santa Barbara, in the Santa Rita appellation which focuses on producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
In January, 2017, Stan Kroenke purchased one of the best producers in Burgundy, Bonneau de Martray. Kroenke also maintains investments in a diverse array of industries, including his sports empire. He is the owner of the Los Angeles Rams football team and majority the Aresenal, one of the top football clubs in the Premier League. Additionally, he owns the Denver Nuggets, the professional NBA team and 2 pro soccer clubs, Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rapids.