2011 Screaming Eagle "Second Flight" Oakville Bordeaux Blend
A dark, voluptuous beauty, the 2011 Second Flight is laced with plum, grilled herbs, tobacco, smoke, violets and graphite. The style is cool, savory and precise, perhaps with a bit less body than normal, but with plenty of energy, finesse and balance. Simply put, this is a magnificent showing. (Antonio Galloni)
Lots of rose petal, rose stem, violets and dark fruit on the nose. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a juicy finish. Hard not to drink now. Gorgeous. 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. This is not a second wine of Screaming but an interpretation of the vineyards with the most Merlot.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fresh, aromatic nose combines cassis, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice and wild herbs, lifted by violet. Juicy and slightly dry, with the cassis, licorice and herb flavors complicated by a note of wild rose that's often found in the merlot here. The least-ripe cabernet franc was declassified in 2011 owing to a hint of toughness to its tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, the elegant, round 2011 Second Flight offers hints of coffee beans, roasted herbs, black currants and jammy black cherries. Elegant and medium-bodied with low acidity and sweet tannin, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years. (RP)