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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Screaming Eagle - "The wine, the myth, the legend"

I find it hard to believe that this wine of such scarcity and infamous acclaim could be worth the hefty price tag when there are just so many great wines in the world for a fraction of the price. How about a case of Caymus or a few bottles of Richeborg? Surely the world has gone mad if they are willing to shell out over a thousand bucks for this junk. Monkey see, Monkey do I guess!! I may never taste this wine in my lifetime, but I already know it's not worth it. Anyone out there had this jazz??

Short History:

Standing as the ultimate cult-wine of cult-wines, Screaming Eagle was established in 1986 by Jean Phillips, a former real estate agent who bought the 57 acres vineyard in which was planted to produce a mix of varieties, most of which Phillips sold to various Napa wineries. The first vintage of Screaming Eagle was produced in 1992 with the help of Heidi Peterson-Barrett, the consulting winemaker for the first dozen vintages. When the winery was sold, the 2004 was still in barrel. The new team, with Andy Erickson as full-time winemaker and Michel Rolland as consultant, tweaked the blend. They also blended the 2005. In 2006 the estate was sold to Santa Barbara businessmen Charles Banks and Stanley Kroenke. In an ongoing replanting scheme, the vineyard manager David Abreu is employed to oversee the process. The vineyards are tended by viticulturist Annie Favia and vineyard foreman Jorge Delgado, while the current winemaker is Andy Erickson.


RJ's Wine Blog said...

the wine spectator blog just recently published a post about a 6-vintage flight tasting. definitely worth a look if you're interested in screaming eagle. (and, no, i am not affiliated with wine spectator, just thought i'd let you know in case you were curious about their tasting notes)

thomas said...

Thanks! Yes I saw the tasting notes and that's why I posted this. I just don't think wine from Cali should cost this much.