The Wine Independent

March 28, 2024

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2021 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon

Rating: 100

The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, with 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec in the blend, is deep garnet-purple in color. Very closed and broody to start off, it needs a lot of shaking to wake up profound notes of blackcurrant jelly, plum preserves, boysenberries, and cinnamon stick leading to an undercurrent of rosebud tea, anise, and incense. The medium to full-bodied palate is tightly wound with firm, grainy tannins and great tension perfectly framing the intense baking spice and mineral-laced black fruit flavors, finishing very long and fantastically complex. “We’ve been propagating more of our original old vine budwood – our own ‘Cohn’ clone,” said winemaker Celia Welch. “We don’t give out any of this budwood. All the Cohn clone vines go into the Scarecrow. 2021 was a beautiful but smaller vintage, with yields down 30-35%.”