Screaming Eagle is one of the world’s most coveted cult wines. From a dream vintage, the near-perfect 2014 will age gracefully for decades.
When is a wine a legend? The claim may be made for many wines, but Screaming Eagle is truly legendary. Wine-lovers talk about it in hushed, reverential, and (willingly or not!) covetous tones, astonished by the ever-spiralling price, and burning with curiosity about a wine that is almost never seen, let alone tasted. And happily it's not just marketing smoke-and-mirrors: qualitatively Screaming Eagle ranks at the very top of the California pyramid, along with icons Ridge, Caymus, Dominus, and Dunn. Screaming Eagle was an early favourite of Robert Parker, who has always admired its 'Bordeaux-like' balance. Described as a 'dream vintage', 2014 was a year of record-breaking drought. The crop was predictably very small, with picking starting in early-mid August. Notably (despite the aridity), conditions were significantly cooler than normal; as a consequence the wines are typified by delightfully fresh dark fruit, bright acidity and polished tannins. This means they are delicious to drink young but have the structure to evolve and gain complexity as they age gracefully in bottle. Powerful, yet elegant, and one of the most collectible wines on the planet. No great cellar is complete without Screaming Eagle.