History and Background
Scarecrow represents the epitome of Napa Valley's Cabernet Sauvignon, with a history deeply rooted in the region's wine culture. The vineyard, situated in the Rutherford AVA, was originally owned by J.J. Cohn, a Hollywood executive who played a pivotal role in the Golden Age of Hollywood, producing classics like "The Wizard of Oz." In the early 2000s, the property came under the stewardship of Cohn's grandson, Bret Lopez, who, along with winemaker Celia Welch, began producing wines under the Scarecrow label.
Vineyards and Terroir
Scarecrow's vineyards are located in the heart of the Rutherford AVA:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards are renowned for their "Rutherford Dust," a unique soil composition that imparts a distinct character to the wines. This terroir, combined with old vines, some of which were planted in the 1940s, contributes to the wine's depth and complexity.
- Grape Varieties: Scarecrow is predominantly focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, producing wines that are a true reflection of the Rutherford terroir.
Wine Style and Production
Scarecrow wines are known for:
- Their deep concentration, elegance, and layers of flavor.
- A meticulous winemaking approach, with a focus on expressing the unique characteristics of the vineyard.
- Aging gracefully, with the potential for long-term cellaring.
Scarecrow has quickly risen to be among the elite Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Napa Valley. Their wines consistently receive high scores from critics and are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. The combination of historic vineyards, exceptional terroir, and expert winemaking has solidified Scarecrow's reputation as a benchmark Napa Valley wine.
Scarecrow stands as a testament to the potential of Napa Valley's terroir and the vision of its stewards. The wines, deeply rooted in history and place, offer a taste of Napa's finest. For those seeking the pinnacle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Scarecrow provides an unparalleled experience of depth, elegance, and terroir expression.