Erickson assumed the reins as winemaker for Screaming Eagle when Jean Phillips sold the winery in 2006. Quite a challenging task to follow in the shoes of Napa Valley winemaking legend, Heidi Barrett, and maintain the status of the winery as one of the top “cult” wines from Napa Valley. So far, Erickson appears to be up to the task.
LEVIATHAN 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine
The wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
Leviathan is Erickson’s pet project where he can express his creativity and talents through blending different lots of finished wines he has made from various sources. I’m only guessing here because he refuses to divulge the sources for this wine, but I’m guessing he has some pretty good sources!
This is an impressive wine at a bargain price for the quality. Rich, juicy and complex with black cherry, plum, mocha, cedar and earthy notes. Well balanced with layers that keep evolving as the wine opens up. Supple tannins lead to a smooth, long finish.
The wine is not meant to be aged for 10+ years, but rather to be enjoyed now and over the next 3-5 years. Decant this wine for about an hour is still recommended. ($48)