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Screaming Eagle

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2014 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc  (Oakville) 93

My favorite vintage of Screaming Eagle Blanc, out of the the 3 tasted. The floral, white peach, lemon and pomelo aromatics were out in front. The wine is fresh, juicy, vibrant, and leaves you with a crisp citrus finish.

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2013 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 92

Medium/full bodied, on the truffle, cedar side of the style range with fresh, bright, crisp fruits and a clean, crunchy, elegant, blackberry finish. Second Flight is a Right Bank Bordeaux styled wine, made from a blend of 65% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2013 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 99

Smoky, black and blue fruit, flowers and wet earth open up the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, sweet, bright, but not crisp. It displays more of a lush, silky character. Full bodied, long, fresh and with multiple levels of depth, the fruits are sweet, but retain their vibrancy, finishing with dark chocolate, plum and cassis notes that really stick with you.

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2013 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc  (Oakville) 92

Fresh squeezed grapefruit is at the core of this wine from the nose, through the finish. Add in fresh flowers, honeydew melon and green apple, with refreshing acidity and you get the picture.

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2012 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 99

Rich, but not mouth-coating. Ripe, but not overripe. Sweet, but not cloying, the wine is the epitome of balance, harmony and a unique sense of character. Still young, the wine maintains its intensity without ever coming close to being over the top. Cost aside, this is truly what great wine is all about. I am not sure I'll taste this again. But it was clearly a thrill a sip experience.

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Inky in color, the wine manages to balance immense concentration with a lightness of texture and purity of fruit. What makes Screaming Eagle one of the great expressions of California Cabernet is that the ability to offer refined power. This blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc is packed with licorice, espresso, black and blue fruit with smoke. The tannins are pure silk, leaving you with a mouth filled with velvety, textured, perfectly ripe berries that taste as if they were just picked off the vine.

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2012 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 94

Open, forward and approachable, the wine is soft, medium-full bodied and fresh, with layers of sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, just a bit of chocolate, licorice and vanilla tour round things out. This is drinking quite well today.

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Forward, soft, smooth and silky, this medium/full bodied open wine displays floral notes, black cherries, licorice, smoke and espresso in the nose. You can drink this young, or age it for more of an earthy character. The wine was made from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.

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2012 Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc  (Oakville) 92

With a pronounced grapefruit, lemon peel and green apple core, the wine is waxy, citrus filled and leaves you with a fresh, bright, crisp, mineral driven, long, clean finish.

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2011 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 95

With a pronounced nose of espresso bean, caramel, smoke, chocolate and black plums, the wine is soft, silky, elegant and balanced. This lacks the concentration found in the best years as expected. Better on the palate than the nose at the moment, if the oak integrates fully into the wine, this will deserve a better score. The elegant textures and balance, which are clearly evident, are the hallmarks of this wine. I can't say this is close to being worth the money, but I'm sure others think the same thing about wines I score much higher.

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2010 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 100

Mind blowing in every way, this has so much depth of fruit, you can drink it, or eat it with a spoon. Inky in color, the sweet, black cherry liqueur, chocolate, licorice, jam, blue fruit and espresso nose takes you where its wants to, regardless of if you're ready or not. The wine coats your mouth, palate and stains your teeth with its insane levels of extract. This is no shy sister. it grabs your attention and keeps it too. This is still quite young.

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2009 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 91

Blending 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the spicy, oaky, red and black fruit filled wine delivers soft textures and an open personality. But there is a lack of depth the wine that for this much money, should offer more concentration and personality.

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2008 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 90

Medium bodied, with an equal doses of red and black fruits complicated by licorice, earth and oak, the round textured wine could have used a little more ripeness and concentration. I would not age this a long time hoping for a lot of complexity to emerge in the future.

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2008 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 96

On the elegant side of the style range for Screaming Eagle, the blend of blackberry liqueur, coffee bean, coconut, smoke, licorice and cherries moves to a powerful, balanced display of ripe fruits and silky textures.

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2007 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 93

From a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot, it's hard to believe this is a second wine, with its layers of fresh, ripe, black cherry, blackberry, oak and fennel notes. Polished, full bodied, ripe and yet subtle, this is drinking well today.

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2006 Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley) 92

Quite nice at the moment, with its licorice, blackberry, spice, espresso, vanilla bean and earthy nose. The tannins have a little grit in the finish. No one is going to confuse this with Screaming Eagle, but it's a nice, medium bodied, finesse styled, California Cabernet Sauvignon that is in its prime time drinking window.

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2006 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 97

Powerful, yet elegant, ripe, but not over ripe, the wine is full bodied, rich, opulently textured and fresh. There is depth of flavor and a sweetness to fruit. Served double blind, there was no doubt it was a California Cabernet Sauvignon of an extreme high pedigree. The wine seems to have barely moved since it was released.

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Serious depth of flavor, with its potent brew of coffee bean, black cherry liqueur, blue fruit, plum and oaky notes, the wine is big, powerful, rich, intense and smoky.

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Now, here's a wine you do not see every day! Big, powerful, yet balanced, with an elegace to the power, the tannic wine pops with black and red fruits, licorice, oak and forest notes. This could improve with a few more years of age.

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2001 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 98

I was surprised by how elegant this was showing. It was grace and purity of fruit. The sweetness in the cherries with the addition of licorice, smoke, truffle and tobacco were there on the palate and in the perfume. It's hard to say where this is going. My instincts say if you're going to pop a bottle, this is the right time to be tasting it.

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The complex nose, with its oak, smoke, earthy, gun flint, mineral, fresh, blackberry and cherry essence gets your attention. The soft, lush, soft, sensuous, plush, ripe fruits and low acid profile feels great on your palate as well. Refined and pure, this is perhaps the most elegant styled, California Cabernet Sauvignon made today.

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This kicks off with licorice, black cherry, cedar, ripe black pit fruit and berry aromas. Soft, sultry and sexy on the palate. Very concentrated with great purity, intensity and balance. The long finish ends with a blast of sweet black fruit. Screaming Eagle is about, texture, purity, finesse, elegance and balance. They will not confuse tasters with the other top Cult Cabs. Tasting these wines showed, Screaming Eagle is not like other California Cabernets.

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1997 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 100

With an attention seeking nose of incense, cherry blossoms, licorice and fresh, black cherry liqueur, you’re already hooked. On the palate, the wine is elegant, refined, lush, supple and polished. There is a freshness to the perfectly ripe fruit and a silky, sweet, sixty second, cherry finish. The wine matches elegance with balance. This is not overripe, massive or from the too much is a good thing school. Everything is exactly where it needs to be, except the price. Such is life.

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This is stunning! That is, if your preference runs to elegant, soft spoken, rich, complex wines of purity and a seamless finish. I've had bottles of this that were even a little bit better, but this was truly great. Due to the incredible cost of this wine, it's not something mot of us get to taste often, if ever. Screaming Eagle is unique, elegant, sophisticated example of great California Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is not about power, it's message is one of finesse and grace, from start to finish.

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With an attention seeking nose of incense, cherry blossoms, licorice and fresh, black cherry liqueur, you’re already hooked. On the palate, the wine is elegant, refined, lush, supple and polished. There is a freshness to the perfectly ripe, very pure fruit and a silky, sweet, sixty second, dark cherry finish. The wine matches elegance with balance. So you know, this was tasted against what I consider the 40 best 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California and it truly stood above every other wine at the tasting! This is not overripe, massive or from the too much is a good thing school. Everything is exactly where it needs to be, except the price. Such is life.

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Licorice, charcoal, black cherry, blueberry and coffee aromas pour out of the glass as quickly as the wine leaves the bottle. Elegant, balanced, deep and round in texture, this sexy wine is filled with polished, sweet, ripe berries and chocolate.

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Believe it or not, people do open these wines from time to time. These rare and expensive treats were opened by a member of one of my tasting groups last week. The wines were tasted blind. 97 Screaming Eagle starts off with a complex perfume featuring black currants, oak, caramel, chocolate and toasty oak along with tobacco and licorice scents. Elegant and sophisticated on the palate, this full bodied wine offers a long finish filled with red and black fruits.

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1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 93

Not really where you would expect this to be, for a wine of this much fame, and fortune. The smoky, sweet, blackberry and cherry nose, medium body and elegant, finesse styled, even charming finish were clearly that of a good wine. But for this much money, a wine should be more than good.

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This offers notes of oak, cedar, spice, herbs and jammy berries. Soft and elegant in texture, with ample concentration, the wine ends in a plush, sweet, dark cherry finish.

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1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 100

Compelling nose of cassis, jammy berries, chocolate, blue fruit and plums. The palate is taken over by waves of plush, ripe, fat, sexy, round fruit. This opulent wine delivers decadent textures, power, elegance and finesse. What more could you want in Calif Cab?

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