Although the highest-toned, most perfumed aromas of ripe black cherries and raspberries jump immediately from the glass, with a short swirl of the wine one quickly senses the darker cedar, clove and sandalwood notes which create a sense of depth and complexity. Palate-wise, the wine shows a full, broad entry of ripe fruit, spreading to create a sense of fullness throughout the mid-palate. A continuous silky impression of fresh cherry juice from start to finish provides a sense of brightness to this complex wine. Harvested between October 4 and 21, 2012, entirely by hand from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown on the J.J. Cohn Estate, this wine was created by selecting small blocks from the vineyard to vinify as individual lots.
The wine was fermented on skins for about 4 weeks, transferred to French oak barrels and aged for about 10 months, then blended and returned to barrels for an additional 8 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration in March, 2014.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is in essence a second wine, but it sure doesn't taste like one. Its deep purple color is followed by pure black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, dusty, loamy soil notes, extraordinary depth of fruit, ripeness and good acidity. This opulent, round beauty is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more.
One of the classic wines of Napa Valley, Scarecrow's Cabernet Sauvignons are made by well-known winemaking consultant Celia Welch. This historic vineyard in Rutherford, which owns some of the oldest vines in all of Napa, continues to turn out some of Napa's most profound Cabernet Sauvignons.