2014 McGah "Scarlett" Rutherford Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon McGah Family Vineyard tips the scales at 14.9% natural alcohol and is a cuvée of 425 cases from their Rutherford site. This was all aged in Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, which seems to be the modus operandi for high-quality producers these days. With a nice structured mouthfeel for 2014 and loads of creme de cassis, black chocolate, espresso roast and coffee, this wine from the vineyard near the Beckstoffer Georges III is rich, opulent, fleshy and already strutting its complexity and fruit-forward characteristics. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. (RP)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very pretty wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Soft contours and bold, racy fruit add to that impression. Expressive floral notes, cedar, tobacco, smoke, red cherry and earthy tones accentuate the Rutherford character in this expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
The McGah family is best known as cofounder of the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s. Their vineyards were purchased in 1990, and have since produced premium wines from Rutherford bench fruit, earning up to 100-point scores from critics. Tasting notes for the 2014 Zinfandel from the winemaker: "Our estate vines basked in the brilliant warmth of the long, dry 2014 summer, creating a sublime Zinfandel heaven. The mesmerizing deep ruby and purple color leaps from the glass as Scarlett Zinfandel emanates scents of blackberry pie, thyme and licorice. Bold, ripe, rich and smooth, the midpalate pumps out wave after wave of pure luscious fruit surrounded by round but firm tannins. This plush texture has become the signature of our Zinfandel, giving it the ability to keep its power contained. This flavorful beauty will be a fantastic accompaniment to a hearty barbeque, savory dishes or a strong blue cheese or Parmigiano-Reggiano. Drink now with a short decant or cellar it for 3-4 years to uncover more layers and complexities."