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Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012  - First Bottle


97 James Suckling -
This is very structured with ripe and silky tannins that shows a dense and compacted fruit character. It's full and racy. Impressive tone and form. A blend of 43% merlot, 48% cabernet sauvignon and 9% cabernet franc.
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Composed of 43% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc and with a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2012 Second Flight has an enticingly savory nose with notes of smoked meats, yeast extract, tapenade and truffles over a core of crème de cassis and plum preserves plus a touch of Indian spices. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated in the mouth, it has firm, velvety tannins and plenty of background freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long and spicy.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
Both of the 2012s show the more sexy, opulent, exuberant style of the vintage. The 2012 Second Flight is a more Cabernet Sauvignon based cuvee than normal and is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. It boasts a vibrant ruby color as well as loads of ripe black cherry, blueberry, white chocolate, dried flower, and graphite aromas and flavors. I love its texture, it’s full-bodied, rich and powerful, yet stays light and graceful with no sense of weight or heaviness, all making for one beautiful wine to drink over the coming 15+ years.
94+ Vinous -
The 2012 Second Flight kicks things up a notch. Dense, layered and voluptuous in the glass, the Second Flight impresses for its breadth and volume. Although only recently bottled, the 2012 nevertheless shows superb depth and tons of pure personality.

Technical Details

  • Blend43% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerNick Gislason
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia Central Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley

Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2012

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JS97, WA96, JD95, VN94+

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About the Producer

Jean Phillips, a former real estate agent, bought the 57 acre Oakville vineyard in 1986 which was planted with mix of varieties except for the 80 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon. Jean hired Richard Peterson as a consultant and later hired his daughter, Heidi Peterson Barrett as the first winemaker. The entire vineyard was replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The 1992 vintage received a 99 point score from Robert Parker becoming one of the most celebrated and expensive wines in Napa Valley.