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2004 Screaming Eagle

By Screaming Eagle

2004 Screaming Eagle by Screaming Eagle

The 2004 vintage from Screaming Eagle unveils a unique intertwining of power and finesse, bringing forth a sublime benchmark for the Napa Valley region. Perceived as a metaphorical 'eagle', Screaming Eagle’s reputation flies high with grace and strength in the competitive world of fine wines production.

 

The Arbiter of Balance

One uncorks the 2004 Screaming Eagle expecting only the best and is met with perfection encapsulated. The time-honoured experience combined with a passion for viticulture positions Screaming Eagle as an absolute trailblazer in the production of fine wines from USA.

The 2004 Screaming Eagle presents an exquisite sensory experience, unfurling intense aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry compote and nuances of roasted coffee - its strength is finely counterbalanced with an elegant restraint that characterises this well-crafted vintage.

 

Heralding a Harmonious Yield

The year 2004 was touted for its steady ripening season, providing favourable climatic conditions that have etched themselves into the tasting notes of this illustrious wine. Napa Valley, in its generous offerings, lent an expressive minerality and power to the vines, forging a more concentrated, richly textured wine.

This vintage comprises carefully selected Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, where one can spy delicate traces of cherry, clove and cedar return on the palate – testifying to its meticulously balanced personality and sophisticated layering. Subtly complimented by velvety tannins and resonating length, it leaves an indelible mark on the senses.

 

A Meritorious Investment

For wine investors seeking not just enjoyment but also a handsome appreciation in value over time, the 2004 Screaming Eagle stands as an emblem of such potential. As one of the crowning jewels of Californian wine treasures, its limited production numbers and lasting impression render it a compelling addition to every connoisseur's curated collection.

Just as the regal eagle personifies freedom and strength, the 2004 Screaming Eagle by Screaming Eagle exudes a complex yet harmonious flavour profile that is both promising for investors and refreshing for wine enthusiasts. A tasteful marriage of craft and nature, sure to transport you to the sun-drenched slopes of Napa Valley with each exquisite sip.

Current market price

HK$297,450.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

1830.59

Scores and tasting notes

97

Aged 20 months in 72% new French oak, this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc comes from a great vineyard on the valley floor in Oakville, just south of Rudd Estate and Plumpjack. The wine’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by a beautiful, Pauillac-like (think Pontet Canet or Mouton), ethereal perfume of creme de cassis, or as Michael Broadbent used to say, “celestial black currants,” full body, a velvety texture, fine tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a terrific finish. While there were no real surprises tasting this wine, I was somewhat intrigued by just how youthful the 2004 Screaming Eagle is showing. I had expected it to reveal slightly more evolution. I thought the 13% Merlot in the blend would push the evolution more quickly. The finish lasts for a full minute. As it has been in just about every vintage, the 2004 is a profound wine. It is for others to decide if it is overpriced, but this is undeniably a great wine that competes on the world stage with the best that exist. Tel. (707) 944-0749; Fax (707) 944-9271

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2014

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