2011 Scarecrow M.
Etain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
A cooler year in the
vineyard allows a winemaker to play with aromatic and flavor nuances that may
be lost in warmer seasons. This lovely offering shows the trademark raspberry,
fresh plum and dusty cocoa tones that personify its Rutherford origins, but
with more subtle, graceful notes of sweet anise, cinnamon bark and bayberry
adding complexity that only a slow-ripening vintage like 2011 could produce.
Texturally, this 100% Cabernet has enough backbone to lend a serious basenote
of power, yet shows restraint and finesse despite the complex flavors. The finish
lingers with flavors of warm plum and vanilla, with a hint of toasty oak.
This 100% Cabernet
Sauvignon was produced entirely from grapes grown on the J.J. Cohn Estate in
Rutherford, Napa Valley. Harvested entirely by hand between October 15 and
October 27, 2011, each section of vineyard was held separately for fermentation
on skins, aged in French oak barrels for approximately 16 months, blended, and
bottled without fining or filtration in April 2013.
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