September 15, 2019 - Brought to CBCC for dinner with friends. Large viscosity immediately on the tongue with a fruit bowl of flavors. At the start and through the mid palette there is Blackberry fruit, lots of cassis, and tobacco leaf, the wine is huge and lush in the fruit category. Creamy, velvety, smooth on the mid palette and finish. One of the absolutely most balanced wines I have ever had. Acidity present, tannin present and fruit present, this wine delivers the full package.
The Finish reveals graphite flavors. WOW is the word here. Blew away the wine field by a long stretch. I forget just how valuable the Scarecrows are. I think I paid for this bottle $350 and they are really in a league way above that.
January 25, 2019 - My friend, g-man, have never had Scarecrow (neither have I) and wanted to see what the big deal was.
Good Lord. If I were to drink this blind, I would have guessed an average-below average Amarone. Clearly, there are loads of fruit which seems to appeal to everyone, including myself. But what were off-putting were the excessive vanilla extract and not enough acidity to balance it and the fruit. Bad pairing with ribeye and most other food probably unless you are having panna cotta.
November 3, 2018 - OMFG, this producer just doesn't make a misstep. Huge wine but still light on its feet. Endless finish. Develops from bright to dark red and purple fruit over several hours. Will likely be even better in a few years, but life is short and this one is too good to wait on.
October 27, 2018 - Incredibly viscous and powerful on entry, and still managing to carry out a notable balance across the palate; all the while, its delivery (though intense and driven) was still fairly seamless. Super mouth-coating all the way around. Mid-palate was notable, with an acidity that played well with the fruit and framed it firmly but not overly gripping or biting. Tannic without being harsh or astringent. The booze was present for most of consumption, but didn’t detract from the overall experience.
A lot of purple, red, and black fruit going in here. Red and black raspberry and black cherry dominant, with some red cherry jam, wild blackberry, menthol, and faint river rock. Toward the final sips, this was pushing into the 96-97 point range, though the alcohol was still fairly present in the finish, making for a bit of a primary back end. Blame youth here, as this has a good deal of time ahead of it before it will reach its apex.
Unless it rains Scarecrow at your house or you host gladiator fight clubs on your helicopter pad at your mansion in Dubai on Tuesday nights, best to be prudent with your duckets and hold for a few years on this wine before popping the cork. It was a great wine to experiment with on this night, but its potential for more greatness with time is worth being patient for. It was surprisingly accessible, but ideally hold until after 2022-2023++.
September 10, 2018 - Extremely delicate, refined and classy wine. Slow ox for 6 hours and then drank over 3 hours. Poured a 1/4 glass to take the wine below the neck line and it was closed wine a harsh tannic edge. Over the next 2 hours the harsh edge left and the wine started to open.
Not the powerhouse I was expecting. It is the rare find, a wine that is both gentle and soft yet has a ton of depth with a long finish. I will wait for another couple of years before opening my next bottle. Reminded me of a good year Materium.
July 15, 2018 - Huge and viscous wine which simply delights the palette. This blew away all of the other wines we opened. All of the expectations of a modern Napa cult wine were met. Only regret is that it made other well made and crafted wines appear 2nd tear.
May 15, 2018 - Dark red. Tasting pour at Cole’s in Napa. Sample from a Coravined bottle . Bright and cheerful red fruit, medium concentration, balanced acidity and sufficient structure but surprisingly soft and drinkable. Did open up over one half hour.
May 15, 2018 - Brighter fruit, well integrated. Balanced. Red raspberry. Modern, elegant. Looking for plusher fruit.
April 15, 2018 - Not seeing the hype... blind I would peg this as an appellation Cab from one of the better modern Napa producers. The wine is certainly a bit confused and maybe with time the elements may knit to reveal 97 points in all their glory. But I cannot justify buying again based on this particular performance.
April 1, 2018 - A treat to try this so early in its life. Having had the 2014 edition not long ago, I was struck by how much more old school/french this vintage tasted. A really wonderful nose of black cherries, menthol, tobacco leaf, iron and spring flowers. Initially this had a bit of jam, but that went away after a couple hours in the decanter. Showing a ton of complexity, really exceptional balance and that amazing texture I always get from Scarecrow in a good vintage. No hard edges, nice blue and black fruit, full bodied and nuanced, this finishes very long and pure. Very young to be pulling this out, but with enough air it still delights.