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Cult Wine Tasting in OC: Screaming Eagle and Saxum

The Wine Elite

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Costa Mesa, CA

Cult Wine Tasting in OC: Screaming Eagle and Saxum

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Event Ticket with dinner, wine, tax, tip, sommelier guidance included Ended $260.00 $15.29

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Yes, we have secured an authentic bottle of Screaming Eagle for this event. If you are familiar with this most famous cult wine, you will likely get excited. 2009 is ready to drink. These are relatively soft wines, and for some of us, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. They are expensive, to say the least, and even if you are willing to pay you often can't find a bottle.

More background about Napa's best wine, and according to some, the best wine, period:

 We will drink this bottle as wine number 3 in a strong dinner line up of Cabernets:

1. Opening to set the palate: Super Tuscan Cab
2. Prelude to the Eagle: benchmark Napa Cab

3. Screaming Eagle

4. Saxum

5. Left-Bank Bordeaux

6. Chile Cab
7. Surprise Cab
8. maybe bonus wine

This session will be limited to 12 people for a generous Screaming Eagle pour.

Overall event, with all wines, dinner, tax and tip will be $260 per nose. Prepaid, and refundable if I can find a replacement member in time.

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The 2009 Screaming Eagle is 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. The 2009 continues to flesh out in the glass. All of the elements are in the right place in the drop-dead gorgeous, stunning 2009. A haunting bouquet reminiscent of a great Musigny lingers on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

Screaming Eagle remains one of the most compelling estates in Napa Valley. The winery is now under full control of Stan Kroenke. Consultant Andy Erickson is no longer involved in the property but his protege Nic Gislason appears to have the passion and talent to take things to the next level, as impossible a task as that may seem given the profound quality of the wines here. In addition to the wines formally reviewed, I also tasted several components of the 2010s that were absolutely gorgeous and a bottle of the 2007 which was flat-out great. OK, that is an understatement. It was utterly profound. But those weren’t the most interesting wines I tasted. Those honors go to the several tanks of 2011 Merlot I sampled during the harvest. Why? Because Screaming Eagle is one of those very rare properties where the bottled wine captures the fullest essence of the fruit just as it tastes at harvest, and that is very, very rare.


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When & Where

Hilton Orange County
3050 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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The Wine Elite is Southern California’s final destination for serious wine lovers. Our wine dinners are dedicated to tasting high-quality wines from around the world, in an elegant and relaxed dinner setting.

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