Red

2016 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 18, 2021 - Bottle 3/3. Similar notes to last time. Red and orange fruit nose and chocolate and dark fruit palate with long smooth finish and some volcanic notes. Really well made and smooth wine but only marginally better than M Etain from the same vintage IMHO. 96-97

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 13, 2021 - Decanted immediately before dinner which helped experience more of the evolution. First two glasses were the best with bright red fruit (brambleberry), some cherry, cassis, citrus or grapefruit and the second morphed with less fruit and more spice, aniseed, licorice, violets, and a finish of flowers. Beautiful and complex if not in your face. By the 2hr+ mark the wine faded a bit which again suggests pop n pour is best. 97 lot’s of facets to this wine and at times tasted more like a Cabernet Franc with the floral element. California meets Pauillac (?).

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 4, 2021 - Poured a tasting gass, decanted remainder. On pop n pour the tasting glass exhibited a powerful bouquet of redcurrant and smoke, almost mistaken for a right bank style. Palate tight but bright red color and red fruit with high acidity. When we sat down nearly 1.5 hours later the colour had darkened, as had the nose and palate, very syrupy fruit with a beautifully balanced finish of red fruit, black fruit. The first glass was the best as the wine started closing up so it seems the best way to drink this is only a very short decant. 96-97

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: Dusty red berry, purple plum, currant, earth, and some embers. I much appreciated this wine more since my last having it back in January 2020. This bottle takes a short bit of time to open up, but the sophistication is starting to finally show here. As others are aware, this carries an old-world component that keys-in squarely on its terroir and more medium stylistic display of the varietal. It tastes expensive, though it is a little strait-laced and shy on the finish still, with a medium expansion of flavor. The grip and frame over-flex here and there, letting you know that youth is still in control here. Ideally, hold bottles for another 5+ years.

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  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 99 points

    March 25, 2021 - Pop and pour at El Gaucho to celebrate immunity day. I like to avoid decanting these when drunk young because they tend to have a magical evolution both in the mouth and as the evening progresses. Each vintage of Scarecrow is a little different and this one definitely had some notes of youth: marzipan or vitamin C at times but not in a bad way. On the nose, glorious sweet herbal acid surprisingly Old-World-like. As I mentioned, the palate kept evolving but the expected pure, light blackcurrant formed the backbone. While lighter bodied than most cults, this vintage is showing more masculine than some others, again not in a bad way. We may have missed the very magical early showing of this vintage but it certainly lived up to expectations tonight. Here comes the sun.

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  • By Karen MacNeil
    Collectible California Cabernet, 7/26/2019 (link)

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    North Coast Part 1: Napa Valley's Incredible 2016s, 1/31/2019 (link)

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    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Scarecrow
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford
  • UPC Code 685987988321

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  • Pending Delivery 95 (2%)
  • In Cellars 4,452 (85%)
  • Consumed 672 (13%)

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