Last night may have been the most epically rare tasting, not just at Graileys- but, the world over. From a single private collection, we began the night with the beautiful 1990 Krug Champagne in Magnum the wine was full of life and effervescence bursting from the glass beautiful caramel notes entwined with baked apple fruits. After the reception, our guests sat down for the most unbelievable line up we may ever see in our lifetime… In front of them sat 2012 Screaming Eagle, 2009 Screaming Eagle, and 1997 Screaming Eagle. The wines were paired excellently with a meal by Chef Sharon Hage including caviar, roasted char, and rack of lamb.
With entrees, the unicorns came out. 1994 Screaming Eagle and 1992 Screaming Eagle were brought to the table and everyone’s eyes lit up! These wines are the epitome of rare and were showing so well! These wines were full of life and it was an incredible display of the history of Screaming Eagle. 1992 was the first released vintage of Screaming Eagle- first coming to market in 1996 to a wicked Robert Parker score of 99-points! With less than 200 cases made, and its increasing scarcity at auction- this wine was a real treat. 1994 is probably the single best vintage from the 90’s for age ability and longevity. 1997 was the first Screaming Eagle to receive 100-points and was for many the highlight of the night. 2009 was one of the last vintages from winemaker Andy Erickson, and 2012 was one of the first from current winemaker Nick Gislason. To see the development of these stunning wines from the remarkable rocky hillside in Oakville was a truly special affair.
No evening like this would be complete without dessert, and dessert we did have- 1989 Krug Clos du Mesnil en magnum for the group. Cheers broke out in the room along with a chant for our host. This is a meal and memory many of us will hold on to for years to come!