Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

2. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Release price: $750

Current price: $2,295+

Production: 800 cases

Owner/winemaker: Stan Kroenke and Charles Banks/Andy Erickson

In 2006, founder Jean Philips announced in a letter to The Wine Spectator that she had received “an offer she couldn’t refuse” and was selling possibly the most famous and certainly one of the best named Napa wineries; Screaming Eagle.

The new owners, Charles Banks and Stan Kroenke, installed new winemaking equipment and replanted the nearly 50-acre vineyard. Banks left the partnership in 2009 leaving Kroenke as the sole owner.

Michel Rolland consults at the winery and vineyard manager is the ubiquitous Abreu. Original winemaker Heidi Barrett left in 2004 and was replaced by Andy Erickson who in turn left to focus on his own wines in 2010. The winemaker today is Nick Gislason.

Whatever it cost to buy such a vaunted property and then renovate it was rewarded with the 2007 vintage, widely regarded as an exceptional year throughout the region, one which yielded Cabernets with excellent structure and fruit.

 Wine Advocate #192 Dec 2010

What did Parker say: “The most profound Screaming Eagle since the 2002 and 1997, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a prodigiously pure, complex nose of cassis, spring flowers, liquorice and black currants, the latter component being so intense and lingering that it makes this cuvee stand apart from other Napa Valley wines.”

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