I attended a tasting 2 nights ago featuring 8 Californian Cult Wines. The wines included the following:
1. Screaming Eagle 1998
2. Bryant Family Vineyard 1997
3. Harlan Estate 1996
4. Araujo Estate Wines, Eiesle's Vineyard 1994
5. Dalla Valle, Maya 1990
6. Heitz Cellar, Martha's Vineyard 1985
7. Ridge, Monte Bello 1968
8. BV, Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1968
It was a real treat to be tasting all these wines in one night.
My WOTN (and that of most tasters) was the Bryant 1997. It was by far the best wine of the night. Beautiful nose, wonderful balance, some sweetness, nice concentration and lots of fruit, wonderful finish as well! Worthy of the 100pts rating by RP and 99 pts by WS! The best wine I have ever drunk! It just tasted so perfect in the mouth!
My order of merit for the night was:
1. Bryant 1997
2. Harlan 1996
3. Araujo 1994
4. Heitz 1985
5. Dalla Valle 1990
6. Screaming Eagle 1998
7. Ridge 1968
8. BV 1968
The BV was in my opinion past the drink-by date. The Ridge was surprisingly still a nice drink. Screaming Eagle was a disappointment (98 was not a good vintage?). Harlan Estate was nice but nothing really special.