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Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • JS 100
  • RP 100
  • WS 97
  • ST 97
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Winemaker Notes

The aromas of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon are exactly true to Rutherford Cabernet; warm briary berries, dark juicy bing cherries, a touch of sweet black tea, a hint of woodsy oak leaf, the faintest whiff of cigar smoke, all revolving and recombining as the aromas, evolve with time in the wineglass. On the palate, the flavors reflect what the aromas had promised, but with added textural elements of softly folded satin, bright fresh berry... View More

Critical Acclaim

JS 100
James Suckling

Wow, love the minerals, mint, and spices with dark fruits and currants. Full bodied and balanced, with amazing fruit, mint and eucalyptus notes. Long and intense give it three to five years. Such depth and balance. I have tasted this twice now, and it gets better and better. This was the last time.

RP 100
The Wine Advocate

Scarecrow's inky/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a prodigious effort. It reveals a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with a smorgasbord of spring flower, blueberry, creme de cassis, and assorted blue, black, and red fruit characteristics. It also possesses extraordinary concentration, but what sets it apart is the fragrant aromatics combined with uncommon purity and elegance for such a full-bodied, massively concentrated wine. Its perfect balance suggests it can be drunk at a relatively young age, but it should easily evolve over 30-35 years. Congratulations to all involved!

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WS 97
Wine Spectator

Firm, fresh, intense and vibrant, exhibiting a minerally crushed rock flavor and a texture mixed with ripe currant, plum and blackberry, with a dash of mocha-laced oak. Full-bodied, with floral scents and elegant balance. Firms on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors wonderful traction.

ST 97
International Wine Cellar

Full ruby-red. Powerful minerality gives definition to the aromas of blueberry, cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate. At once pliant and penetrating, with utterly palate-saturating yet refined flavors of dark fruits, bitter chocolate and graphite. This utterly complete cabernet has a texture of liquid silk. Finishes extremely long, with noble tannins that coat the front teeth. As rental agreements on some additional acreage expire in 2009, this estate plans to introduce a second wine. Range: 94-97


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The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled past. The J.J. Cohn Estate, where Scarecrow grapes are born, borders what was once the legendary vineyard of Inglenook winemaker Gustave Niebaum, whose plantings blanketed more than 1,000 acres of the Napa Valley at the close of the 19th century.

John Daniel Jr. took the helm at Inglenook in 1939, determined to restore the label to pre-Prohibition standing and produce world-class Bordeaux-style wines. In 1945,... View More