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Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2021 (Double Magnum 3L OWC)  - First Bottle


100 Jeb Dunnuck -
Moving to the Grand Vin 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, red wine simply doesn't get any better, and I never cease to be amazed at what winemaker Celia Welch accomplishes with this incredible terroir. Deep ruby/plum-hued, with a kaleidoscope-like array of cr me de cassis, jammy blackberries, spicy oak, graphite, and smoked tobacco, with a kiss of background chocolaty nuances, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a multi-dimensional, layered mouthfeel, ultra-fine tannins, and a flawlessly layered, concentrated, balanced profile that has to be tasted to be believed. Given its wealth of fruit and texture, as well as purity and balance, it already offers pleasure, yet smart money will give bottles 4-6 years in the cellar, count themselves lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following two decades.
100 The Wine Independent -
The 2021Cabernet Sauvignon, with 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec in the blend, is deep garnet-purple in color. Very closed and broody to start off, it needs a lot of shaking to wake up profound notes of blackcurrant jelly, plum preserves, boysenberries, and cinnamon stick leading to an undercurrent of rosebud tea, anise, and incense. The medium to full-bodied palate is tightly wound with firm, grainy tannins and great tension perfectly framing the intense baking spice and mineral-laced black fruit flavors, finishing very long and fantastically complex. "We've been propagating more of our original old vine budwood - our own 'Cohn' clone," said winemaker Celia Welch. "We don't give out any of this budwood. All the Cohn clone vines go into the Scarecrow. 2021 was a beautiful but smaller vintage, with yields down 30-35%."
98+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2021 Scarecrow is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard on the western edge of Rutherford, nestled back against the Mayacamas range. Boasting a fabulous nose of deep, dark, black cherries and earthy-spicy notes accented by a touch of mocha-like oak, this full-bodied wine is ripe, rich and velvety. There's ample density and concentration, but the wine still retains a sense of freshness on the long, elegant finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec
  • WinemakerCelia Welch
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardJ.J. Cohn Estate
  • Oak75% new French oak
  • Aging/Cooperage21 Months
  • Harvest DateSeptember 15-30, 2021
  • Alcohol14.5%

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2021 (Double Magnum 3L OWC)

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
JD100, TWI100, WA98+

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Scarecrow is without question one of the finest, most collectible, and prestigious cabernet sauvignons in the history of Napa Valley. Celia Welch is the winemaking superstar behind this coveted Rutherford vineyard bottling. Michael Wolf is the vineyard manager (of course he is!) ensuring the fruit from this revered J.J. Cohn estate reflects the very best that Rutherford, Napa, and beyond has to offer. A singular wine that is always among the top stars in every Napa Valley vintage since 2003 – Scarecrow is a wonder of a showpiece in any collection.

The vineyard sits on the iconic west-side of Rutherford, and was once a part of the historic Niebaum estate where Inglenook was founded. It was the legendary Napa visionary John Daniels, Jr. that originally convinced J.J. Cohn to plant vines on his property, and over the years the fruit has made the wines of Inglenook, Opus One, Duckhorn, and Joseph Phelps’ Insignia better than they otherwise would have been.

About the Producer

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, Daniel convinced his neighbor, J.J. Cohn, to plant eighty acres of Cabernet vines on the 180-acre parcel Cohn had purchased a few years prior. The property served as a summer retreat for Cohn's wife and their family. He had no ambitions to become a winemaker himself, but Daniel promised to buy his grapes, so Cohn planted vines. The rest, as they say, is history. J.J. Cohn Estate grapes are highly sought-after in part because Cohn bucked the trend, begun in the mid- 1960s, of replacing vines planted on St. George rootstock with the supposedly superior AxR#I hybrid. Over time, vines grafted onto this new stock proved highly vulnerable to phylloxera. But by then, virtually all of the old St. George vines in Napa had been destroyed. Only the original 1945 J.J. Cohn vines survived. These highly prized "Old Men" continue to produce uncommonly rich fruit -the hallmark of Scarecrow wine.