Screaming Eagle is located in Oakville on the valley floor of Napa on stony soils. The estate was purchased by the original owner and founder, Jean Phillips in 1986. Philllips, a Realtor in Napa began acquiring land for Screaming Eagle in 1986 one small parcel at a time. For the first few years, the fruit that eventually was placed in Screaming Eagle was sold to various, local Napa wineries. Jean Phillips hired Heidi Barrett, (Wife of Bo Barrett from Montelena) as her winemaker. the first official vintage of Screaming Eagle was produced from the 1992 harvest.
Jean Phillips sold the winery in 2006 to Charles Banks and Stan Kroenke for a sum rumored to be in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars. Although rumors said the sum was much more money. At that time, Andy Erickson was the winemaker and David Abreu managed the vineyards. In April, 2009, Banks and Kroenke dissolved their partnership in Screaming Eagle. This left Kroenke fully in charge of Screaming Eagle.
Screaming Eagle has gone through a few wine makers since the estate was first created ranging from Heidi Barret, Andy Erickson and now Nick Gislason, who previously worked at Harlan Estate. The 29 year old Nick Gislason was officially named the winemaker at Screaming Eagle in September, 2012.
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with highly expressive, spiced Cabernet Franc-inflected aromas. Espresso, rosemary, lavender, violets and spices all take shape in the glass. The 2011 is a surprisingly dense, powerful Screaming Eagle with less of the pure seduction of some previous years and more intensity, especially in the tannins. Savory herbs, blackberries, menthol, appear later, adding complexity and pedigree. Cool, graphite-infused veins of minerality provide the backbone for layers of dark, brooding fruit. I don't expect the 2011 to offer its finest drinking before age ten, and even that will likely prove an overly optimistic assessment. In 2011, the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, the remaining 25% split evenly between Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Range: 95-97 Points"
97 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"right medium ruby, a bit less saturated than the 2010. Precise, cool aromas of blackberry, violet, minerals and spearmint. Not quite the depth of the 2010 but offers superb intensity and cut to its very primary, fine-grained dark berry, floral and mint flavors. Still quite youthfully taut and firmly tannic on the aftertaste, in need of further elevage to flesh out. This was racked following the malolactic fermentation but not since then, with the result that it's very imploded today. But wonderfully elegant and intense, and a big success for the vintage."
95 Points International Wine Cellar
"Made from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon is a sexy, upfront, precociously styled wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color as well as lots of licorice, camphor, black currant jam, new oak and spice box characteristics. Dense, rich and impressive, the early drinking charm of the 2011 vintage gives it immediate appeal.
Range: 91-94 Points"
94 Points The Wine Advocate