2015 screaming eagle, the flight, oakville
Why We're Buying
Screaming Eagle The Flight may be the estate’s second wine, but what a second wine it is. The Bordeaux-style red blend features expressive dark fruit mixed with violets, spice cakes, and a touch of menthol flavor. Wine critic James Suckling gave it back-to-back 99-point ratings in 2016 and 2017, saying, "best Flight I have ever had with so much merlot character coming through… extremely refined and fresh.” As for investors, they routinely pay hundreds of dollars for a single bottle of this red wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black, the 2015 The Flight (a blend of 61% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 37% Cabernet Sauvignon) opens with electric notes of black and blue fruit sparks—wild blueberries, fresh blackberries and crushed black plums—with nuances of lavender, violets, pencil shavings, tilled soil, yeast extract and a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, it hits the palate with tons of energy and freshness supported by firm, finely grained tannins, finishing with tons of fragrant earth layers.
While the Merlot from this estate has always gone under the name Second Flight, the wine was certainly not a second wine and always came from the same parcels (and more iron-rich soils) and is a very different wine compared to the Cabernet Sauvignon release. As such, they've opted (correctly I think) to change the name of the cuvée to The Flight. The 2015 The Flight is a beautiful wine and up with some of the best examples of Merlot out there, offering up tons of black cherries, currants, dried flowers, forest floor, and earthy aromas and flavors. Made in the same classic, elegant, vibrant style as the Cabernet, this full-bodied beauty is as silky and seamless as it gets, with perfect balance and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming 15+ years.