100 JAMES SUCKLING: "Breathtaking aromas of blueberries, wet earth, black truffle, vine bark, and lavender undertones. Full-bodied, yet tight and compressed with fabulous savory and dark-fruit flavors. It lasts for minutes on the finish. The classicism in this wine is second to none. Incredible subtlety and a lovely austerity. Beauty in simplicity. Glorious to taste, yet a wine for decades ahead. 76% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, and 11% cabernet franc. 800 cases made."
98+ ANTONIO GALLONI: "Continuing along a similar theme, the 2013 Screaming Eagle is incredibly concentrated and powerful. Today, the 2013 tastes like a concoction of liquefied rocks, crème de cassis, blackberry jam and lavender. Deep, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013 captivates all the senses with its majestic complexity. With time in the glass, the 2013 gets better and better, to the point I would have liked to follow it over several hours and perhaps days, which was not practical. Screaming Eagle fans will not want to miss the 2013s, although these wines will not be ready to deliver maximum pleasure for a number of years."
99 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Smoky, black and blue fruit, flowers and wet earth open up the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh, sweet, bright, but not crisp. It displays more of a lush, silky character. Full bodied, long, fresh and with multiple levels of depth, the fruits are sweet, but retain their vibrancy, finishing with dark chocolate, plum and cassis notes that really stick with you."
100 JEB DUNNUCK: "The grand vin 2013 Screaming Eagle is pure perfection in a glass and has everything you could want from a wine. Possessing a Château Margaux-like perfume of crème de cassis, sandalwood, dried flowers/violets, and graphite, it’s full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, ultra-pure, and incredibly elegant, all of which is very much in the style of this iconic estate. There are plenty of tannins on the finish so this will ideally be given another 3-4 years of bottle age, but it should keep for 25-30 years."
97+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2013 Screaming Eagle flagship wine is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. As one might expect, the purity of the cassis, which is always a hallmark of this estate and wine, is well-displayed in this beauty. Dense purple in color, it offers up some floral notes intermixed with damp earth, blackcurrant jam, blackberry and hints of licorice and incense. This reminds me somewhat of the 2010 Screaming Eagle. Full-bodied, rich, but perfectly balanced, it’s another terrific example of this iconic estate. It should drink well for 30 or more years."
Für Screaming Eagle gehen einem die Superlative aus, Screaming Eagle ist einer der ganz großen Namen in der Weinwelt, ein Gut, das wie kein zweites Geschichte geschrieben hat, nur gleichzusetzen mit Petrus oder Romanee Conti. Dabei begann alles so unspektakulär als Tony Bowden und Jean Phillips, die beiden im Maklerbusiness erfolgreich gewordenen Partner, das Stück Land mit der traumhaften roten Erde am Silverado Trail erwarben und mit der Hilfe des mittlerweile verstorbenen Gustav Dalle Valle und Heidi Barrett 1992 ihren ersten Release platzierten. Was dann folgte, kann wohl nur die NASA nachvollziehen. Schneller, direkter und steiler nach oben hat es bis dato niemand geschafft