2004 Screaming Eagle- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RP
(the new team, led by winemaker Andy Erickson, eliminated some cabernet franc and merlot from the blend before bottling this wine, which was vinified by ex-winemaker Heidi Barrett) Good deep ruby-red. Deeper, sweeter aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, mocha, smoke and minerals. Rich and suave in the mouth; fuller and considerably smoother than the 2003. This boasts lovely sweetness and superb refinement, as well as more stuffing to support its nutty oak than the leaner 2003 possesses. There's nothing astringent about this. The blend includes just 6% merlot and 2% cab franc.
Vinous Media | 94 VM
Impeccably balanced, intense and complex, with a mix of savory currant, loamy earth and firmly structured tannins. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins clamp down, yet the finish is long and persistent. Best from 2010 through 2020. 400 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 94 WS
Sokolin 2004 Screaming Eagle Tasting Notes:
This beautiful red is well-textured, slightly feminine, but with a strong personality and a full body with amazingly integrated tannins and stunning cherry and licorice flavors, that follow the berry fruit and flowery, maybe a bit smokey bouquet. Drinking this Screaming eagle is pure joy, a unique fiesta on your palate, with a long-lasting, pleasant finish.
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the wonderful cassis blew me awayI have to thank the 2004 Screaming Eagle for saving my romantic dinner. I tried to surprise my girlfriend by cooking for her, but I'm not too talented so I burned the food and the dinner turned into a wine night. I happened to have a bottle of this fantastic drink and it saved me.<br/>We were both amazed - it's truly beautiful, with yummy tannins and so drinkable. I loved the aromas and the color - even after sitting in a glass for a while, it's so dark, almost purple. It's got some earthiness in the smell, but also the wonderful cassis, which blew me away! I think black currants are the most obvious flavor, and I thought I would be able to notice something else too, but nevertheless, the experience was spectacular.
It felt really silky in the mouth, with a great, rich textureThe 2004 may not be the best year Screaming Eagle had, but it's sure worth drinking again. If you don't like chewy tannins, you may want to skip on this red, but if you find them delightful, you're going to enjoy this bottle for sure.<br/>I tasted it blind, but had to come back after leaving it to air for a while, and I wasn't wrong to do it. It did feel better, the nose really opened up and was more expressive with currant and cassis. I particularly enjoy this combination. It felt really silky in the mouth, with a great, rich texture, and an amazing aftertaste. I think it lasted for 60 seconds, if not more. Looking forward to tasting it again in a couple of years.