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2003 Scarecrow - Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Rutherford - Red

USA - California - Napa - Rutherford

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

Sourced from the 60-year-old vines off Bret Lopez's JJ Cohn Vineyard in Rutherford, and made by Celia Welch, this wine became a legend in just three short years. The vines were planted in 1945 by JJ Cohn (Lopez's Grandfather) in response to neighbor and Inglenook Manager John Daniel's post-war behest to plant vines to service the coming demand. These original St. George-rooted, non-trellised "old... More »

Score
100
VF 97
WA 98
WS 88
Drink Dates
VF: 2007-2017 WA: 2006-2026 WS: 2006-2011
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750ml $665.00
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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 168
Drink Dates 2006-2026

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. The 2003 Scarecrow (471 cases, all from the Rutherford area of Napa) was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The man behind this wine today is the grandson of J. J. Cohn, Bret Lopez, and his winemaker is Celia Masyczek, who first became well-known working at Staglin. Much of this blend still comes from the old dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1945 by J. J. Cohn. This inky purple-colored wine has an extraordinary nose of sweet black cherry jam intermixed with licorice, spice box, and cedar. It has sensational richness, but the purity, elegance, and overall nuance of this wine are what set it apart and give it a very distinctive character all its own. This is a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon and another terrific 2003 that can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 or more years.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2011

More like a Cabernet-Shiraz crossbreed, with dry mint, anise, sage and herbal notes and dried currant and berry flavors that don't remind me much of Napa Cabernet. More fun if considered as a hybrid. 475 cases made.

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VF 97
Source Vinfolio
Drink Dates 2007-2017

Possesses aromas of dark cherries, black plum, juicy, macerated huckleberry and dark chocolate. The palate immediately lets you know it is Rutherford, with the textbook dustiness the region is known for. Beautifully sculpted on entry, the flavors impart a combination of dark chocolate, cassis, espresso and a complex, smooth creaminess. With continued airing the nose imparts hints of sweet, toasted coconut and an ethereal glimmer of long-gone vineyard roses that inexplicably find their way into the wine. This all takes place in a framework of beautifully structured tannins.

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.924%
Tasted On 08/07/2010

a mythical wine, looked for 3 hours to find another in my stash, no luck....

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