1997 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Double Magnum – OWC – 3000ml – The King!
This rare bottle was acquired from the world famous Napa Valley Wine Auction! The is the original only 100 point wine from Screaming Eagle in the rarest format signed by the winemaker!
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon 500 cases has more in common with the 1995 and 1992 than the 1996 or 1994. The opaque purple/black color is followed by intense soaring aromas of creme de cassis in addition to blueberry and blackberry fruit. The wine’s extraordinary purity great depth and fabulously seamless full-bodied multi-layered texture are something to behold particularly in a wine so young. However everything is in balance. This is another work of art from an extraordinary terroir. The wine should be uncommonly approachable at release given its voluptuous texture but it possesses the richness and overall equilibrium to age well for 20-25 years. As I have tried so hard to articulate in past reviews what makes these wines so stunning is the black currant/cassis fruit. Screaming Eagle may be the most extravagantly pure and rich expression of cassis one can find … short of drinking cassis liqueur. There is an unbelievable purity to these wines as well as phenomenal concentration and richness yet in no sense are they heavy ponderous or out of balance.