The Best Yet!
If you could only have one California Cabernet to enjoy right now, Leviathan would be it. It is "one of the best values out of California." Antonio Galloni
It is the personal project of Andy Erickson, Screaming Eagle's former winemaker.
Screaming Eagle, at $2,000 per bottle, maybe one of the most elusive and collectible domestic California Cabernets. Erickson knows this and has created Leviathan, a "Baby Eagle" and personal project for immediate enjoyment.
For years, we have been a fan of the plush fruit of Leviathan, which offers approachability in its youth without sacrificing balanced structure or depth.
Aromatics of cigar box, brambly fruit and cacao jump from the glass. Hedonistic, lush fruit on the palate reveals flavors of black cherries and anise, and cocoa with savory tannins and a full, lingering finish.
Sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards in California, Leviathan showcases the best characteristics of a sensational vintage.
This Baby Eagle is more than just a personal project, it is a pantry and cellar essential for Cabernet (and Cabernet blend) fans.
THE MERCHANT'S MARK
95+ / 100
True to form, the 2017 Leviathan is a hedonistic red with plush fruit and depth. Rich black currant, dark cherry, crème brulee, cigar box, dried herbs and dark cocao. A full-bodied orchestration of flavors collides on a long finish. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Syrah, and a little Cabernet Franc. This is one of our perennial meritage favorites. Copious red plum, spice, vanillin and oak, this is a flamboyant red and one of the best values from California.
94 / 100
"Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah brought up in 25% new French oak, the 2017 California Red Wine sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a rich, powerful, opulent style that certainly puts a smile on your face. Notes of currants, chocolate, spice box, and earthy, herbal notes all emerge from this sexy, seamless effort that has full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and outstanding finish. It's a smoking value to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.
94 / 100
"A rich, very fruity red with mocha, chocolate, plums and terracotta. Full body, round, juicy tannins and a solid, flavorful finish. A blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink or hold."