jamie goode's wine blog: An icon a day: Screaming Eagle 1996

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

An icon a day: Screaming Eagle 1996

Screaming Eagle 1996 Napa Valley, California
This is not a big, spoofy wine. It's actually amazingly elegant and refined. Beautiful nose is aromatic and floral with spicy sweet cherry and plum fruit. Integrated, harmonious and profound. The palate is really elegant and smooth with open, midweight fruit and perfectly integrated oak. It's just a beautifully expressive wine that's hard to spit, combining softness and openness with real interest. 96/100 (tasted at The Sampler)

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At 4:44 AM, Blogger Vinogirl said...

I was a banker in my former life. One client was the ex-Mr. Jean Phillips and insisted that he made the early vintages of Screaming Eagle in trash cans. Aren't people interesting?

At 9:29 AM, OpenID zoharwine said...

Sounds like the best you can get out of the states!
But what about 1,700 per bottle?

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made the early vintages in trash cans? The wine must have been rubbish, surely?

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

When you say "insisted", Vinogirl, do you mean he tried to get you to believe it, or was it some decree issued to the winemaker?

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Vinogirl said...

Alex, tried to get me to believe it. Lots of small wineries make wine in trash cans in Napa (food grade Anon), so nothing unusual there...just post relationship sour grapes, forgive the pun. He said he made the first few vintages, the legend goes that Jean did...and then her wine came to the attention of Mondavi.

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