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Auction: Finest and Rarest Wines
was auctioned on: 22 May 2007
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Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon

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Estimate: US$35,000 - US$50,000
Price realised:  US$56,880
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Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon
Above 30 bottles per lot
SCREAMING EAGLE Screaming Eagle is likely Napa Valley's smallest winery. The wine made from only one acre of vines in a small stone winery in Oakville has captured the hearts and certainly the wallets of wine collectors across the globe. Available only through the mailing list, the elusive, yet legendary Screaming Eagle reaches extraordinary prices based on its cult following. The vines are Cabernet Sauvignon primarily, but Merlot and Cabernet Franc are blended in small amounts. Winemaker Heidi Barrett uses small, half-ton fermenters, plenty of punching down with no fining or filtration to make a concentrated, yet pure version of the fruit. The wine is aged in 65 new French oak barrels in a small cave for almost two years. This vertical selection offers those who missed the coveted mailing list spot, a unique opportunity to compare vintages and collect eagerly. Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley --Vintage 1993 (3) The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable wine, not dissimilar from the 1992. The 1993 reveals an opaque purple color, as well as a rich, jammy, pure nose of blackcurrant/cassis fruit intertwined with scents of minerals and high quality, spicy oak. The wine offers a cascade of lavishly rich, opulently textured, super-extracted fruit that is beautifully buttressed by oak and sweet tannin. Remarkably long, pure, and rich, this is a compelling Cabernet Sauvignon with no hard edges. Perfectly balanced, marvelously concentrated, and exciting, look for this wine to drink well young, but keep for 25 years." Robert Parker Wine Advocate #108 (December 1996) --Vintage 1994 (3) "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon is performing even better this year than it was last. I still believe the 1995 has a slight edge, but that may be more noticeable 8-10 years from now than at present. The opaque purple-colored 1994's forward, gorgeously-scented nose offers up a smorgasbord of black fruits, along with a subtle dosage of toasty oak and minerals. Full-bodied, with a seamless, lush texture, this is a profoundly generous wine with everything going for it. The finish lasts for 35 seconds. As gorgeous as it is, this wine can be drunk young, or cellared for 20-25 years. What makes Screaming Eagle such an extraordinary wine is its remarkably sweet, lavishly rich, opulently-textured, super-extracted black currant and black cherry fruitiness. Moreover, they are admirably pure, layered, velvety, and accessible. As delicious as these wines are young, they should age for 20 or more years, because of their extraordinary equilibrium. As with so many of these wines, the only way to latch onto a bottle or two is to get on the winery's mailing list." Robert Parker Wine Advocate #114 (December 1997) --Vintage 1995 (3) "The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is as close to a perfect wine as I could hope to taste. This opaque purple-colored wine exhibits a sensational purity of black currant fruit, intermixed with a notion of raspberries, violets, and well-disguised sweet vanillin. Full-bodied, with remarkable intensity, exquisite symmetry, and a mid-palate and finish to die for, this is a compelling, astonishingly seductive Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk now, or cellared for 20-25 years. I may have done this wine a disservice by not giving it the big 3-digit score. As I have tried so hard to articulate in past reviews, what makes these wines so stunning is the black currant/cassis fruit. Screaming Eagle may be the most extravagantly pure and rich expression of cassis one can find ... short of drinking cassis liqueur. There is an unbelievable purity to these wines, as well as phenomenal concentration and richness, yet in no sense are they heavy, ponderous, or out of balance." Robert Parker Wine Advocate #120 (December 1998) --Vintage 1996 (3) "The newly-released 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals lots of structure, an opaque purple color, and the hallmark blackberry and cassis liqueur-like notes. Silky-textured, fabulously-concentrated, and gorg

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Finest and Rarest Wines
Date of the auction: 22 May 2007
Address: Christie's
22 May 2007, New York, Rockefeller Center