Screaming Eagle and a Trip to Ballard Canyon
This 2015 The Paring is no ordinary Sauvignon Blanc. The owners of Screaming Eagle say of their Paring wines: “The Paring has an extraordinary pedigree. Made from the vineyard blocks that are either too young or don't fit into the vintage style of the highly acclaimed Jonata and The Hilt wines—The Paring is essentially a ‘chip off the old block.’” The winemaker behind both estates is Matt Dees, who learned to make wine from former Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson, no stranger to 100-point perfection, and at Napa’s Staglin Family Vineyard. Dees’s The Paring is an ethereal Sauvignon Blanc, marked by exotic spices and a creamy mouthfeel, accented by freshness and energetic acidity — all in keeping with its highly pedigreed parents, but offered at a fraction of their cost.
Since founding JONATA in 1999, the owners of Screaming Eagle have proven their equal commitment and dedication to the production of white wines as they have to their cult reds. As if there was any further proof needed, they recently acquired Bonneau du Martray, a Domaine with revered holdings of Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards on the Hill of Corton in Burgundy. It is no surprise then, that the Sauvignon Blancs from their Southern California properties are wines of immense elegance and excitement.