2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford California USA Wine Tasting Note

  1. 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)

    1. Opulent, sexy, polished, concentrated and loaded from top to bottom with ripe fleshy sensuous, black fruits, chocolate, licorice, black cherries, espresso, vanilla bean and exotic spices. Deep, dark in color, this is luscious from the get go. And it's even better with air, as the wine expands. This is never over the top, everything is in balance and harmony.

      98 points - Tasted
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Scarecrow Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

The birth of Scarecrow wine began in 1996 following the death of JJ Cohn. At that point, part of the family decided it was time to sell the vineyard. The land was purchased by Francois Ford Copploa and JJ Cohn's grandson, Bret Lopez. The sale set a record price for land in Napa Valley at the time. 25 acres went to Bret Lopez. The rest of the land went to Francis Ford Coppola. Bret Lopez hired the esteemed wine maker Celia Masyczek to create Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon. The Scarecrow comes from a reference to the most popular character in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz."

The barrel aging program for Scarecrow is unique. The wine of Scarecrow is aged in 90% new, French oak barrels for 12 months. At that point, the wine returned to tanks for blending, which is followed by an additional 10 months of aging in barrel.

This small production wine is difficult to find and expensive. But it is a unique, tactile style of California Cabernet Sauvignon that is worth the effort to seek out. The entire production of Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon is sold through a mailing list.

Scarecrow recently began producing a second wine M. Etain, which is also offered to mailing list customers. The name like Scarecrow is an hommage to the Wizard of Oz film, as the name can be translated to Tin Man in French.

Serving and Decanting Scarecrow with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Scarecrow wines are best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages of their red wine can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

The red wine of Scarecrow is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Scarecrow is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.