2009 Second Flight

Screaming Eagle

89Average Score
flagCalifornia / United States

The 2009 Second Flight (59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc) is peppery and spicy with hints of tobacco leaf, red and black currants and mocha presented in an attractive, medium-bodied, lush, forward style. It is meant to be drunk early on, but it should easily keep 10-15 years because of its balance. ||Under the ownership of Stan Kroenke, this vineyard has been replanted and a new cellar has been constructed. The production of Screaming Eagle has remained between 700-1,000 cases, and a second wine, the Second Flight, includes 520-800 cases. The introduction of a second wine is an attempt to keep Screaming Eagle at its mythical level of quality. This vineyard, situated on the valley floor at the Oakville Crossroads across the road from the Rudd Estate, encompasses 60 acres, but only a small percentage is used for these two cuvees. Based on the three vintages I tasted, it appears the Second Flight wines include much less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot than the flagship Screaming Eagle.||Tel. (707) 944-0749 Wine Advocate.October, 2013

Robert Parker    Score: 89/100

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