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.
Rated 97 Points by Robert Parker
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon brings together so many of the elements that make Screaming Eagle such a great and distinctive wine. Crushed rocks, graphite, menthol, plums, black cherries and mint all jump from the glass. Power, structure and finesse all come together in this remarkably vivid, dazzling wine. Rain in spring caused a poor set, which lowered yields dramatically, intensifying all of the sensations in the glass. Today, the 2010 is utterly head spinning. In 2010, Screaming Eagle is a bit lower in Cabernet Sauvignon and higher in Merlot than normal. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.