2008 Scarecrow - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2008 Scarecrow - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Deep ruby-red. Wonderfully deep aromas of black raspberry, dark cherry, mint, minerals, anise and flowers. Thick on entry, then expands in the middle palate, displaying a suave texture and a weightless impression for such a dense, chewy wine. Boasts a tight, concentrated core of black cherry fruit complicated by dark chocolate, thyme and tarragon. The rising, extremely long finish features black cherry, raspberry and licorice flavors and even, palate-saturating tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 93+

After a perfect wine in 2007, I suppose the 2008 is something of a letdown. A hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon (800 cases), this is still an outstanding wine, with classic graphite, creme de cassis, blueberry and floral notes all well-presented in the perfumed aromatics of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine. It has some noticeable tannins to be resolved and is not as seamless and flawless as the monumental 2007. Nevertheless, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 20+ years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | 96

This beautifully crafted red combines power with finesse, serving up layers of dense, intense currant, mineral, mocha, espresso, graphite and cedary oak flavors that are full-throttled and focused, with a deep, churning base of smoky tannins that give this a wonderful finish.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: James Laube


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purely domestic wine report | 95

Shows a sublime and sophisticated nose of red and blue fruits with hints of salted licorice, faint aroma of rose petal and black cherry taffy. The palate is initially a little behind the nose and I revisited the wine the following day which allowed the substantial tannins to resolve to the point where they were revealing more integration with the equally substantial fruit.

Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Author: Doug Wilder
Issue: 1

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JamesSuckling.com | 99

Like listening to cool mellow rock 'n' roll. Extraordinary aromas of violets and dark fruits such as blueberries and currants. I can't get over the aromas here. Then it goes to minerals with just a hint of bay leaf. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins with a beautiful softness and beautifulness. I love the balance and harmony to this with bright acidity. I would drink this before the 2007. Just under 1,000 cases of 12 but all sold in threes. Reminds me of Leoville Las Cases but with Napa brightness. Enjoy or hold for a long time.

Author: James Suckling


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Score: 98
Author: Dougobrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/28/2014
Drink Dates:
Score: 97
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/05/2014
Score: 96
Author: dbudden
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 11/01/2013
Score: 96
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/29/2012
Extremely concentrated! Tannin almost imperceptable, tons of toasty oak and blackberries, cassis and a touch of spice. Given its weight, this one probably has many years ahead.
Score: 95
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/16/2011
More Vintages and Sizes of Scarecrow - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2011 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)

About This Producer


Sourced from the 60-year-old vines off Bret Lopez's JJ Cohn Vineyard in Rutherford, and made by Celia Welch, this wine became a legend in just three short years. The vines were planted in 1945 by JJ Cohn (Lopez's Grandfather) in response to neighbor and Inglenook Manager John Daniel's post-war behest to plant vines to service the coming demand. These original St. George-rooted, non-trellised "old men" continue to produce world-class fruit for world-class wine. Scarecrow is named after the character in The Wizard of Oz, as Cohn was Chief Production Executive at MGM pictures in the 1930s, when the movie was made. Lopez spent his summers as a boy at the vineyard and relishes the memories from that time. He and wife, Mimi Deblasio, reside in the original house at the vineyard.

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