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2016 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
1/26/2020 - csimm1161 wrote:
94 points
Red and black raspberry, vanilla, red currant, and hints of scorched earth and espresso powder. A floral note briefly appears but then quickly dissipates. Smooth and fairly balanced on entry, but mostly one-note throughout consumption. Stays pedestrian throughout delivery, even after 4+ hours in the decanter. A rounded frame makes for only medium focus and a casual walk-in-the-park finish. (Not that walks in the park aren’t kinda nice and all, but that’s about all they are... kinda nice). In the 92-94 realm at best for me.

I’m sure the Exalted Highness of the Scarecrow loyalists will say it just needs time, I opened it too early, and how dare I evaluate a wine that is clearly meant for another decade+ of cellaring.... and you’d likely be (partially) right. Plus, I’d be (and kinda ‘am’) super bent too if I just spent a few grand on a handful of bottles and along came some jackalope who didn’t give the wine climactic thousand-point reviews. Well, best delete this note then my friends, because this dude was a tad disappointed in this wine’s showing. Youthfully primary is one thing; boring is another. Just sayin’.... (PS: I’ve learned if you say ‘just sayin’ at the end of any sentence, it makes it ok to say whatever you want and not be blamed for it - Hooooraaay for lack of personal accountability!)... And hey, if you drink this wine and it makes orgasmic butterflies launch from your nether-regions, good on ya. That just wasn’t the case with this little soldier.

Without the fancy hay-stuffed wood box, Illuminati aura, and Area 51 access, the juice itself could have been from any halfway decent Napa Cabernet. The flavors seemed pure and decently fresh, but any semblance of complexity was not even in the conversation (I guess this Scarecrow really does need a brain).

...This conjures up a whole bunch of internal rhetoric about the role of the Scarecrow in the stigmatization of Mid-West farmers’ intellect and how wine doesn’t (or at least, shouldn't) grow in Kansas anyway so why should one expect it to manifest itself successfully as a cult wine label in Napa... but that just seems.....unnecessary..... :)

For the optimist, hold remaining bottles for another 7++ years. To the pessimist, I say donate your stash to the King of Siam so he can fund his military for the next year or so....
  • jcosindc commented:

    4/1/20, 5:18 PM - csimm1161, I found your whimsical and clever review to be awesome. Always state how a wine speaks, or in this case doesn't speak, to you. The '16 was the first allocation I finally got into and, went ahead and purchased the '17. I'll probably pick up the '18 and then drop. Though I've never sampled a single Scarecrow, I too find the price tag to be absurd. There are indeed too many other wines with fantastic QPR. I'll check out Abreu. Have you tried Realm Cellars or Dakota Shy? Have you tried any wines from Virginia, e.g. RdV, Barboursville, Michael Shaps or Arterra? Truly some outstanding wines with excellent QPR.

White
2014 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/23/2017 - jcosindc wrote:
89 points
My family and I were highly disappointed. Perhaps our expectations were too high for a wine which garnered so many high scores or perhaps we should wait a few more years, but I don't know. The wine seemed disjointed and, though it did get somewhat better after warming up in the glass, it never reached the point of excellence. I have 2 more bottles...hmmm. Perhaps I'll drink one next year to see if it improves, but I'll probably give the other bottle away.
  • jcosindc commented:

    11/26/17, 7:25 PM - JEP2007, thanks for your note. We did pull out of the cellar and popped the cork, but didn't begin pouring until an hour or so later...we we're waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to finish cooking. With my next bottle which I now won't drink until at least 2 years from now, I'll definitely keep your note in mind for longer decant, maybe even using a decanter. Cheers!

Red
2012 Lovingston Pinotage Gilbert's Vineyard Monticello
11/4/2014 - DRK III wrote:
85 points
When I first opened this, I thought something was wrong with the wine. It smelled like a poopie diaper -- this dissipated with an hour of air, but there was definitely a funkiness to the aroma. The taste was a little bitter and hot, but there was some good fruit tucked in there along with acids to balance. Pinotage is not common in Virginia (or the US, for that matter) so not sure this varietal is suited for the environment. This is an interesting wine, if not pleasant to drink with food. I paired it up against a true South African Pinotage (Spier 1692) and considering the QPR, the Spier whooped its ass...but I was still intrigued by this bottle and would consider buying another vintage just to compare.
  • jcosindc commented:

    8/23/16, 6:27 PM - Did you ever try another vintage? I thought the '11 was really nice. jcosindc.

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