Wow wine. Very dark, somewhat tight nose that has some plum to it. But what a bomb on the palate! Dark fruits dominate with a deep dark finish of earth, toasted oak and a tar quality that is unique, and terrific. Coats the palate and lingers. Really terrific. I think just entering drinking window, with 20 years ahead.
Had this bottle a week ago. Did not write a tasting note, but this wine was spot on. Was served against Shafer Hillside Select 2005. The two bottles were at the same level, but slightly different, with the Scarecrow being more subtle, pure and "elegant" - if you can use such a word for a big Napa Cab.
Cellar Mini-Disaster; 12/15/2013-1/15/2014 (At Home): Decanted for 2 hours. Aromatic on the nose, cab fruit, sweet perfume and a hint of something that evokes a fresh cut field for me. On the palate, extraordinary precision and balance. A nice dose of cassis adds an accent here and contributes to an extremely long finish.
Perhaps my best cab of the year. Everything is as it should be and in perfect balance. I allowed myself to fall off the list as prices started creeping up, but now feel as though I might have made a mistake......
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(Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon) Very dark red violet color; appealing, lifted, mulberry, ripe blackberry, light tarragon, graham cracker nose; rich, juicy, mulberry, nutmeg, black currant syrup, blueberry palate with firm, sweet tannins and structure; good now but could use 2-plus years; long finish (15.4% alcohol) 98+ points
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