Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon does not have a long, fabled history like many of the most expensive California wines. In fact, they are one of the few recent cult wine phenomena to have taken off over the past few years. That says a lot about Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon and its popularity with wine lovers as the Cult wine craze has largely fallen by the way side. Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon made their debut California wine in 2003. While the winery is new, the vineyard has a long history dating all the way back to the end of World War 2. That was the year that John Daniel, Jr, (the original owner of the vineyards now used by Dominus,) convinced his friend J. J. Cohn, to plant 80 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Those vines became the backbone of all the legendary vintages for Inglenook that Cohn helped produce. JJ Cohn, AKA Joseph Judson Cohn was better known for producing some of the most famous films of his day including “Ben Hur,” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” That hit film from 1939, “The Wizard of OZ” is where Scarecrow took its name. John Daniels agreed to manage the vineyard for Cohn. The vineyard quickly became known as one of the top terroirs in the Napa Valley. The grapes were used for some of the best wines in its formative years. Inglenook, Phelps Insignia, Opus One, Mondavi Reserve and other top producers used grapes from the vineyard. Today, the vineyard has perhaps the oldest vines in Napa Valley. The reason for this is, while many growers replanted their vineyards with phylloxera roostock. Ironically, John Daniels kept the original vines and rootsock, which was considered risky at the time. However, their risk was rewarded. Today, it’s impossible to find Cabernet Sauvignon vines from 1945 in Napa.
The aromas of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon are exactly true to Rutherford Cabernet; warm briary berries, dark juicy bing cherries, a touch of sweet black tea, a hint of woodsy oak leaf, the faintest whiff of cigar smoke, all revolving and recombining as the aromas, evolve with time in the wineglass. On the palate, the flavors reflect what the aromas had promised, but with added textural elements of softly folded satin, bright fresh berry juice viscosity, and the vibrant, lively fruit flavors integrated into the vanilla/oak tones. The finishing impression is of cherries and dark raspberries complexed with warm spice and sweet earth notes.