Next week we are taking stock of two exceptionally rare, 100-point Robert Parker rated, Cult Napa Valley Cabernets – the 2007 and 2013 vintages from the legendary Scarecrow estate.
Scarecrow is owned by Bret Lopez (whose childhood vacations were taken at his grandfather’s – the great J.J. Cohn’s summer home in Rutherford). Cohn, himself, was persuaded to grow grapes by his neighbour (winemaker Gustave Niebaum, owner of the great Inglenook vineyard).
Today, Cohn Estate’s grapes are highly prized because Cohn refused to replant his vineyards, as was the trend in the 1960s, while those that did replant used ‘St George’ rootstock which were destroyed by phylloxera. Only the original 1945 J.J. Cohn vines survived and these ‘old men’ continue to produce uncommonly rich fruit—the hallmark of Scarecrow’s highly sought-after wines.
But there is some bad news, in that we will only have very limited stocks of each of these wines, which may not even last a day on our list. We shall be emailing an offer to our clients next week, and it will be a case of first come first served.
In the meantime, here’s Robert Parker to whet your appetite…
“The prodigious 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, including fruit from some of the oldest Cabernet vines still in existence in Napa.” Robert Parker
“Scarecrow’s inky/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a prodigious effort….fragrant aromatics combined with uncommon purity and elegance for such a full-bodied, massively concentrated wine. Congratulations to all involved!” Robert Parker