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.
Insanely beautiful. It is a relatively open vintage that nevertheless possesses stunning intensity, depth and elegance. Dark red berries, flowers, mint and spices are all woven together beautifully. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the long, seductive finish.