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2009 Screaming Eagle

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2009 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle

The 2009 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle is a modern marvel in the sphere of California wines, a crowning glory of so-called New World wines. This vintage marks a pivotal moment in the vineyard's distinctive history, demonstrating an understated elegance and supple complexity rarely encountered in this region.


Distinct Vintage in the Heart of Napa Valley

Capturing the essence of its reputable Oakville terroir in the Napa Valley, the 2009 Screaming Eagle is a testament to the caliber potential of fine wines from USA. With meticulous attention to detail, and leveraging on the nuances of the 2009 weather patterns, Screaming Eagle have created a wine that sets itself apart within a globally investing context.

Wine connoisseurs will be able to identify traces of ripe blackcurrant and cherry notes intertwining harmoniously with subtle traces of violets and raw cedar. This vintage, redolent with earthy undertones, evokes an air of dark chocolate and liquorice, embodying a wine that is both powerful, yet strikingly poised.


Investment Value and Appeal

The successful 2009 Screaming Eagle encapsulates beautifully the odd dichotomy of that year - a cool growing season followed by a heat spike ensuring excellent concentration of flavours which awakened the dormant complexity within the grapes. Its exquisite balance and longevity make it an appealing prospect for any wine investor scouting for distinct vintages with a potential for growth and capital appreciation.

Critic scores place this wine exceptionally high, highlighting its desirability amongst both collectors and investors. The striking balance between its lush fruit character juxtaposed with its tantalising tannic spine makes it potentially one of the most lucrative investments within the realm of fine wine investment.

If your aim is to weave an intricate portfolio of prestigious, diverse vintages, the 2009 Screaming Eagle from Screaming Eagle secures its place, whispering tales of a Californian dream that will only grow further intriguing with time. This embodiment of the American viticultural finesse, Screaming Eagle have once again redefined the notion of what California's fine wines could be, with this 2009 star.

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The 2009 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot) displays a slightly peppery nose, but ratchets up the level of concentration with pure black currant and black cherry fruit as well as licorice and lead pencil shavings. This beautiful, dense, full-bodied 2009 is exceptionally elegant, pure and seamless. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. Under the ownership of Stan Kroenke, this vineyard has been replanted and a new cellar has been constructed. The production of Screaming Eagle has remained between 700-1,000 cases, and a second wine, the Second Flight, includes 520-800 cases. The introduction of a second wine is an attempt to keep Screaming Eagle at its mythical level of quality. This vineyard, situated on the valley floor at the Oakville Crossroads across the road from the Rudd Estate, encompasses 60 acres, but only a small percentage is used for these two cuvees. Based on the three vintages I tasted, it appears the Second Flight wines include much less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot than the flagship Screaming Eagle. Tel. (707) 944-0749

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2013

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