2008 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

I have been lucky enough to try this twice in a month.  Both times just as amazing.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with cassis, cedar and pencil lead.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is almost seamless.  Gorgeous texture.  Cassis with graphite and underlying minerals.  Long finish.  More elegant than powerful but it has power.  This is still quite young and needs a long decant or better yet, more time in a good cellar.  

2005 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Rutherford - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Gorgeous wine.  Still drinking quite youthfully, this has decades left.  Inky purple in color, magenta at the rim.  Great nose with cassis, blueberries, cedar and violets.  On the palate this has such a luxurious texture.  Lush with cassis.  Also some charred earth.  Tight layers that expand in glass.  Great precision.  Long finish.  This may yet improve a bit and will certainly gain in complexity.  Year n and out, one the best Cabs offered anywhere.  

2014 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Stunning wine.  I know this isn't one of the single vineyards, but for half the price, this is amazing.  Purple in color.  The nose is amazing.  Cassis, slight blueberries, a slight floral note and spice.  On the palate, this is open and drinking great.  An almost samless texture.  Juicy acidity.  Cassis, blueberries, spice and slight char.  Great finish.  Its one of those wines where each sip makes you want another one right away because it is so good.  Then, the bottle is empty.  Will this improve?  I don't know but I do know that Bevan reds drink great young and there is no reason to wai

2013 Palazzo Cabernet Franc, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This is young and needs cellar time or air.  The bottle I had was decanted for 5 hours and still quite tight.  Purple in color, slight ruby.  The nose has cherries, green tobacco, black cherries and slight lavender.  On the palate, black cherries with heavy tannins.  Slight black licorice emerges on the long finish.  This is deep with a lot of complexity.  It is ripe enough, something many California Cabernet Francs have trouble with, wihtout being hot or raisny.  Should last a couple of decades easily.  Delicious wine.  One of the top two or three Cab Francs from California I have ever tas

2014 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
99
Grade: 
A

Another stellar wine from one of the best producers in Napa.  This is still quite tight but with air opened up beautifully.  That said, this still needs time.  Inky purple in color.  The nose is classic, old school Napa cabernet.  Cassis, slight pencil lead, and a slight violet notes on the nose.  On the palate, this has a great juicy texture.  Almost seamless.  Again, give this a few years and this probably merits a perfect score.  Cassis, graphite and cedar notes.  Long finish.  

2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
100
Grade: 
A+

Wow.  An amazing wine.  Like many 2012's, this is accessible now, but still has a long life left.  This is just incredible.  From the first sip, this is special.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, pencil lead/gravel and floral notes.  On the palate, this is seamless.  Juicy acidity.  Firm but manageable tannins.  Layers of gravel, cassis and graphite.  Long finish.  So delicious too.  About as good as Napa Cabernet gets.  And you know what, with some age, it might even get better.  

2008 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Stunning Wine.  Still quite youthful at this point.  It needs cellar time or a good decant.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, pencil lead and cedar.  On the palate. it has firm tannins.  Nice balance.  It opens in the glass with plenty of cassis fruit, a mineral base and streaks of graphite.  Long finish.  Drinking on the more elegant side of Napa Cabs.  Built to last another 30 years.  

2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
100
Grade: 
A+

OK.  My first 100 point review for Intowine.com.  And it deserves it.  This bottle was opened about 7 hours prior to consuming and decanted about an hour prior.  That seemed about right but it could probably have taken a lot more air.  The thing I loved about it was how smooth and elegant it is while a the same time not being in any way shy or reserved or even feminine.  Think Cary Grant.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with cassis, slight dark chocolate, slight coffee grounds.  Also some cedar and spice.  On the palate, this is seamless.  Juicy.  deep and layers of tight complexity un

2012 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+

Wow.  What a gorgeous wine.  Not a fruit bomb but clearly from sunshine and California.  Deep purple in color, shimmering and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, chocolate and spice.  Wonderful texture.  It just spreads itself across the papate.  Depth yet precision.  Cassis, slight dark chcolate, with gravel undertones.  Long, long finish.  This was pop and pour and that was a mistake.  An hour of air and it no doubt hits the 100 mark.  Ready to drink now, but will last 40 years.  Amazing wine.  

2011 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
97
Grade: 
A

Excellent wine from what is generally considered an off vintage in Napa.  Of course, what is an off vintage for some may still be an outstanding wine.  While this did seem to lag behind the 2012 and 2014, it is still fantastic and with time may outdistance them.  Time will tell.  For now, this has purple color with a ruby rim.  The nose has cassis, some dark cherries, cedar and spice.  On the palate, this is full bodid but not overtly ripe.  Trust be told, this would show better on its own and not up against its siblings at this point.  It has a nice complexity.  Great cassis fruit with fir

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