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2001 Screaming Eagle

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2001 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle – Napa Valley, USA

Perched at a rarefied pinnacle of opulence meets viticulture, the 2001 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle is an edifying testament to the winemaking supremacies of the region. An exceptional year for Californian vineyards, 2001 bestowed upon Screaming Eagle a set of climatic conditions so ideal that it seems as though Mother Nature herself were a secret investor in these fine wines from the USA.


Terroir Triumph: The Power of Perfect Conditions

This lauded vintage was born of a unique balance; where climatic rigors and terrain converged to produce an ensemble player - the terroir - whose performance is nearly impossible to replicate. It was a year where the weather flirted capriciously with extremes: daytime heat was tempered by cool, foggy evenings, pacifying overzealous sugars and allowing for an unhurried vine ripening period.

The result? The 2001 Screaming Eagle was imbued with an ageworthy structure and lingering, poised complexity; characteristics often sought-after by prudent wine investors.


The 2001 Screaming Eagle's Quintessential Character

Those fortunate enough to partake in its pleasures are initially greeted by profound aromatic notes of wild blackberries, cassis, and subtle layers of aromatic herbs that dance teasingly upon the nose. On the palate, the 2001 Screaming Eagle asserts itself as a masterclass in balance. Well-framed tannins are woven seamlessly with intense dark fruit flavours and delicate undertones of vanilla and sweet tobacco. An almost palpable minerality graces every sip – a seemingly modest touch that further elevates the meritorious character of this wine.


Investment Potential of the Stellar Vintage

Due to its balance of expressive flavor, texture, and exquisite structure, it is no surprise that the 2001 Screaming Eagle emerges as a viable option for diligent investment portfolios. The irresistible promise of exceptional returns, combined with the sensual gratification of beholding such a divine elixir, positions this iconic vintage as one of the most luring investment-grade wines from the USA.

A feature of both hedonistic delight and financial prudence, the 2001 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle offers investors an opportunity to own not just a bottle of wine, but a vital piece of Napa Valley’s storied winemaking chronicles.

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The last time I had this wine, it seemed much more developed, youthful and approachable. This particular bottle, which was pulled from my cellar, was super-powerful, dense and concentrated, as well as structured and backward. Aeration helped somewhat, but this looks like a very long-lived wine, and my initial suggestion of an anticipated maturity date (2010-2025) should be changed to 2015-2035. Only 450 cases were made of this blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from former proprietor Jean Phillips’ vineyards just south of the Oakville crossroads. The spectacular dense blue/purple color remains opaque. The wine displays the hallmark creme de cassis, floral and licorice notes that are so pure, vivid and intense, and which have always been part of this vineyard’s classic trademark. With great purity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and even more thickness, power and density than I remember, this wine has put on weight, developed more structure, and looks like a candidate for 30 more years of aging potential. This is a brilliant wine, much in keeping with the legendary status of this producer. Tel. (707) 944-0749; Fax (707) 944-9271

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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