2006 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning. A wine that is only now beginning to shed its tannin, the 2006 stands out for its vibrancy and energy. All of the classic Screaming Eagle notes are in the glass, but with a little more edge and cut than in most vintages. Sweet red berries, crushed rocks, flowers and spice box are alive in the glass. Over time, hints of sage, mint rosemary and pencil shavings add complexity. The 2006 is a decidedly cool-weather wine with less opulence than either the 2007 or 2009, but it is absolutely singing today. Another few years will only help the wine come together even more fully, but it is impossible to miss the 2006’s utterly breathtaking beauty. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red-ruby. Slightly medicinal aromas of red berries, minerals, brown spices, menthol and tobacco leaf. Pliant, generous and sweet, with lovely depth to the red berry, plum and tobacco flavors. This subtly complex wine rises and expands on the very long back end, dusting the mouth with flavor. Still a bit youthfully tight and in need of patience. A superb vintage for this wine, and a fitting swan song for the "old style" of Screaming Eagle. The Cabernet Franc was left out of the wine because it was "too drying," noted winemaker Andy Erickson, who made the final blend very late and bottled the wine last September. (ST)
Rustic and chewy, tight and compact, but well-focused, tannic and complex. This is slow to reveal its core of dried currant, mineral, sage and dusty berry fruit, with a long yet taut finish, ending with an edge of pencil lead.
Cask sample. Very dark purple. Velvety start, dry finish would sum up this luscious, distinctive liquid. Lush and plush on the nose – this seems richer than the 2004 with a nose of roasted earth. Still very neat, dry and refreshing on the palate. Very, very long yet appetising. Lovely complexity. Finely knit. Definitely not big, bad and OTT – this one really gets the gastric juices going. (19/20 points)