The Scarecrow story begins at the fabled J.J Cohn estate in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley. The estate was originally planted in 1945 at the behest of Inglenook Estate’s John Daniel Jr, who recognised the land’s potential. The fruit from the J.J Cohn estate is highly sought after, having been planted with original St. George rootstock. During the mid- 1960s, replacing vines planted on St. George rootstock with the supposedly superior AxR#I hybrid was commonplace in Napa. Over time, vines grafted onto this new stock proved highly vulnerable to phylloxera. By then, virtually all of the old St. George vines in Napa had been destroyed. These highly prized old vines continue to produce exceptionally rich fruit, the hallmark of Scarecrow wine.

Cohn died at the age of 100 in 1996, leaving the estate to his heirs. A family feud forced the sale of the estate, with many of Napa Valley’s biggest names quick to respond. In the end, Francis Ford Coppola assisted one of Cohn’s grandchildren, Bret Lopez, in buying the estate from the other relatives. Lopez kept a small portion of original vines and over the years brought them back to full health. Lopez brought on renowned winemaker Celia Welch to produce a wine from this remarkable estate. In honour of his grandfather, who was Chief of Production during the making of “The Wizard of Oz”, Lopez named his flagship wine after the iconic Scarecrow character from the film.

Since the debut vintage of 2003, Scarecrow has become one of the most sought-after wines in Napa Valley, regularly receiving bumper scores from the world’s leading wine critics. Liv-Ex recently reported that the release of the Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was the week’s most traded wine by value.

Today we are delighted to offer a selection of Scarecrow back vintages of both their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon and outstanding second wine, Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain – “which is hardly a second wine by any means” – Robert Parker.

Wine Vintage Unit Qty Price IB Score
Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 3 x 75cl 1 £2,645 98 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 3 x 75cl 1 £2,645 98 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 1 x 150cl 1 £1,650 98 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2011 2 x 75cl 1 £395 90 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2012 2 x 75cl 1 £480 94 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2012 6 x 75cl 1 £1,440 94 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2013 75cl 3 £250 95 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2017 6 x75cl 1 £1,350 93 WA

You just need to glance at the tasting notes below to realise that Robert Parker and Lisa Perotti-Brown are huge fans of Scarecrow.

These wines are highly in demand and available for delivery from next month so if you would like to order, do let me know and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2003:
98 points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
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.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2005:
98 points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
A candidate for one of the wines of the vintage, this stunning 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford includes in its blend some of the oldest Cabernet vines in existence in Napa Valley. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.4% alcohol, but believe it or not, it is strikingly elegant and pure, with laser-like precision. Inky, dark ruby/purple, with a stunning nose of forest floor, creme de cassis and a subtle, earthy minerality, the wine is built like a skyscraper, with a multidimensional mouthfeel and incredible complexity and richness, yet it never comes close to tasting heavy or overwrought. This is just a great terroir, great winemaking, and the results are profound. This is a superstar and a remarkable effort. Bravo!

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2017:
97 points | Lisa Perotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Scarecrow opens with notions of warm cassis, baked plums, black raspberries and boysenberries with accents of dried mint, pencil shavings and fragrant soil plus a waft of cast iron pan. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, it has a solid backbone of fantastically ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2011:
90 points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
The already bottled 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is a pure, medium-bodied effort with abundant rich black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of unsmoked cigar tobacco, loamy soil (the Rutherford dust?), and a velvety finish.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2012:
94 points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is in essence a second wine, but it sure doesn’t taste like one. Its deep purple color is followed by pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, dusty, loamy soil notes, extraordinary depth of fruit, ripeness and good acidity. One of the classic wines of Napa Valley, Scarecrow’s Cabernet Sauvignons are made by well-known winemaking consultant Celia Welch. This historic vineyard in Rutherford, which owns some of the oldest vines in all of Napa, continues to turn out some of Napa’s most profound Cabernet Sauvignons.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2013:
95 points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
The 2013 M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon, which is hardly a second wine by any means, offers beautiful blackcurrant fruit with some cedar wood/sandalwood notes, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, and that layered texture that is so enticing. The wine has a beautiful opaque purple color, hints of graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a touch of licorice and the soil undertones that some would say are part of the so-called ‘Rutherford dust’ scenario, although that’s debatable. This wine has the sweetness and opulence to be drunk young, but won’t hit its prime for at least another 5-8 years and keep for 20-30.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Etain 2017:
93 points | Lisa Perotti-Brown – The Wine Advocate
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2017 M. Étain is deep garnet-purple colored and prances out of the glass with exuberant baked cherries, warm mulberries, plum pudding and crème de cassis notes with touches of Provence herbs, tilled soil and pencil lead plus wafts of spice box and potpourri. Full-bodied, firm and earthy in the mouth, the palate has bags of freshness and a firm structure with loads of spicy nuances on the finish.

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