Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
Reviewer, Robert Parker - The Hedonist's Gazette - Jean Phillips' remarkable Screaming Eagle was striking in all three vintages, including the much maligned 1998, a year that is not that bad for some of the valley floor Cabernet Sauvignons. Of course, the star was the surreal, perfect 1997, a wine with opulence, unctuosity, and lightness on its feet. Extraordinarily pure black fruits burst from a glass of this prodigious Cabernet. It is so young, yet so harmonious that I suspect most of it will be drunk over the next 10-12 years, before it even begins to develop a secondary bouquet. The 1996 revealed big, rich, crème de cassis flavors, extraordinary purity, and impeccable balance. It will last 15-20 years, although it does not possess the dimension or sweetness of the 1997. The 1998 Screaming Eagle revealed a personality reminiscent of a ripe, opulent Bordeaux. Notes of spice box, cedar, and dense, concentrated black currant fruit, along with hints of earth and minerals are found in this beauty. Medium to full-bodied, it is ideal for drinking over the next 15-18 years.