2010 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wine that captures the essence of the vintage, Scarecrow's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain literally bursts from the glass with vivid, beautifully articulated fruit. Black cherries, raspberry jam, plums, espresso, menthol and rosemary are just some of the many nuances that take shape in the glass. The 2010 is rich, full-bodied and beautifully layered from start to finish. Another year or two in bottle should help the firm 2010 tannins soften a touch. The 2010 includes 5% Petit Verdot in the final blend. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Classic Rutherford Cabernet aromas and flavors of currant, chocolate, mocha and fresh herbs, plus complex soil nuances and a note of graphite minerality. Sweet, succulent and quite approachable, with a minty note perking up the middle palate. Nicely dense wine with a firm spine of slightly dusty tannins. An excellent second wine and a very nice introduction to these extraordinary vineyards at a comparatively gentle price.
Scarecrow is the product of the vineyards of the legendary JJ Cohn (think Wizard of Oz) and the name pays tribute to him. The vineyards are equally remarkable and historied. When John Daniel Jr. convinced his neighbor JJ Cohn to plant these vineyards in 1945 he may have known the potential. The vineyards provided fruit for many spectacular wines including the early and magnificent Inglenook Cabernets, and later for many of the iconic Napa Cabs of more modern times. The pre-phyloxera St George rootstock and incredible old vines now produce the fruit for Scarecrow.