Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage production: 2,000 cases
Of Napa’s great Estates, Scarecrow has perhaps the most interesting story of all. The vineyard in Rutherford was planted in 1945 by J.J. Cohn, who had moved to California from New York in the 1920s to work in Los Angeles. He quickly rose to become one of Hollywood’s most important figures and became Chief of Production at the illustrious MGM Studios. During the Golden Age of Hollywood he was behind some of the greatest films of all time, including Ben Hur, Gigi and, most famously, The Wizard of Oz!
Cohn’s vineyard quickly became a revered source of fruit for some of the most celebrated Napa wines, including Opus One, Phelps Insignia and Inglenook (Niebaum-Coppola). Cohn’s grandson, Brett Lopez, founded his new winery on the property in 2003 and named it Scarecrow in honour of his grandfather. It has since scored a plethora of100 point scores among the major critics, placing forever among Napa’s ‘First Growth’ Estates.