2004 Scarecrow Cabernet - OWC 3 x 750ml

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2004 Scarecrow Cabernet - 99 pts!
Any debut wine that is this impressive requires research. The story goes as follows: In 1945 the famed John Daniel Jr. who made so many historically great wines at Inglenook convinced a neighbor of his J. J. Cohn to plant 80 acres of Cabernet vines and the fruit became a component of Inglenook's series of great Cabernet Sauvignons. Cohn who owned the property and planted the vineyard at the insistence of John Daniel had a prominent career in Hollywood as chief of production at MGM where he played a role in the making of such movies as "Ben Hur" "Mutiny on the Bounty" and his favorite movie apparently "The Wizard of Oz" to which the Scarecrow label pays tribute.

When we first looked at the winery we were impressed as it had all the elements to become a legend; great bottling and packaging great story incredible website and all from the "oldest Cabernet vines in North America". If only the juice in the bottle lived up to our expectations......well it actually exceeded our expectations! We called Brett to tell him how amazing we thought the wine was. After a few hours, we made a friendly wager. We touted this wine as the "Next Screaming Eagle" and placed hundreds of clients into this wine thru their mailing list! For once, Parker agreed with us and gave the wine 98 points!! With such phenomenal juice and limited production this wine is destined to become a Cult Legend and who knows......maybe take claim to the throne?

 

      

Product Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2004
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 3 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 3
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Scarecrow
Color Red
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Robert Parker

Robert Parker 99 RP - A staggeringly great wine from this iconic property in Rutherford, Scarecrow's 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts a dense ruby/purple color, a deep, rich, full-bodied style with perfect balance/equilibrium, stunning purity, lots of creme de cassis, minerality and floral notes, a persistent finish, and a staggering personality that is a sign of singularity as well as greatness. The finesse of the tannins is fabulous. The 2004 Scarecrow is a shade behind the 2003 but this is still a gorgeous wine with deep ruby/purple color a wonderfully sweet nose of black currants and cherries intermixed with some cedar lead pencil and subtle wood. The wine's purity multi-dimensional texture and effortless display of rich fruit and elegance make it a somewhat Lafite-Rothschild style of Napa as hard to believe as that may seem. This is a beauty of finesse and power built for long-term aging. It should certainly evolve for at least two decades. Winemaker Celia Masyczek has again crafted some beautiful wines from this Rutherford vineyard for proprietor Bret Lopez grandson of J. J. Cohn who originally planted 80 acres of Cabernet in Rutherford and had a prominent role in the making of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" to which of course the label pays homage. The vines for this wine are 62 years old which makes them incredibly old by Napa standards and the production was relatively small in 2004 (only 330 cases) and in 2005 (400 cases). 

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Winery Details

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2004
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 3 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 3
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Scarecrow
Color Red
Production
312 cases

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