2011 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A notable success in an extremely irregular vintage (even more so for Napa’s valley floor vineyards), the 2011 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a deep ruby/plum/purple color, and a slightly lighter weight and less of a serious foundation of structure than the 2010. However, the wine’s purity and hints of kirsch, black currants, berry fruit and toasty oak are well-displayed and well-integrated into this seamlessly constructed effort. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and a pungent mineral component on the vibrant nose. Denser than the estate's second wine, showing an attractively fine-grained texture but not quite the depth or sweetness of a top year here. I find this youthfully closed today, with the wine's broad tannins in need of at least a few years of patience. (ST)
Deep, focused, rich and extracted, with earth, dusty berry, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. For all its tannic muscle, the flavors push through. The better of two bottles tasted. (JL)
Sold out at the winery. From winemaker Celia Welch: "The world's most iconic wine estates show vintage variation in degrees of excellence, and the Scarecrow estate vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley, is no exception. With this lovely offering from a rare season which exhibited more Bordeaux-like conditions than those typical to Napa Valley, we find the intense perfumed aromas that only a season with gentle temperatures can bring. How else can one explain the sudden appearance of sweet wafts of jasmine and gently crushed rose petal among the more prevalent ripe tones of dark cherry, vanilla and a touch of warm vanilla? These aromas show the gentle summer temperatures of 2011 to their fullest glory. On the palate, the warm, rich, silky, broad texture of this fully ripe wine acclaims to all that this vineyard holds its own in every season. As soft and rich, as unmistakably Rutherford as one might find in any vintage, the finish of this juicy, full-bodied Cabernet shows hows the tremendous complexity and grace which makes the powerful flavors all the more appealing."