McGah Family Cellars

Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon

9.216 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ron R
8.9

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The nose is pure strawberry jam. The palate is sweet, yet earthy. Tannins are completely integrated, with hardly any acidity. Very fruit-forward with red and blue fruits. This should not be cellared beyond 12 - 24 months, besides, it’s not going to go to a better place, given its composition and structure.

Wifey pic and she’s in artsy-fartsy mode, again!
The nose is pure strawberry jam. The palate is sweet, yet earthy. Tannins are completely integrated, with hardly any acidity. Very fruit-forward with red and blue fruits. This should not be cellared beyond 12 - 24 months, besides, it’s not going to go to a better place, given its composition and structure.

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Big, deep, long. Less finesse than the Myraid. This one is more like Scarlett met the Oakland Raiders. The density of the fruit needs some time to balance out. Great stuff.

Big, deep, long. Less finesse than the Myraid. This one is more like Scarlett met the Oakland Raiders. The density of the fruit needs some time to balance out. Great stuff.

1 person found it helpfulJan 28th, 2019
Ben Hearns

very good but much more fruit forward than i would have expected

very good but much more fruit forward than i would have expected

Jun 7th, 2020
TheSkip

This is in a very good place right now.

This is in a very good place right now.

May 3rd, 2020
Kirk F
9.3

She was singing tonight!

She was singing tonight!

Apr 7th, 2020
Tomo F
8.7

Dark ruby color. Juicy, plum, Tobacco, wet fall leaves, black pepper. Big in the nose. Body is lighter than expected. I would want more tannin and body to balance the fruit. Probably would not age well. Lacks the depth and complexity to be at 9+. Very fruit forward.

Dark ruby color. Juicy, plum, Tobacco, wet fall leaves, black pepper. Big in the nose. Body is lighter than expected. I would want more tannin and body to balance the fruit. Probably would not age well. Lacks the depth and complexity to be at 9+. Very fruit forward.

Dec 22nd, 2019
Brandon T

Much better this time around, but still required a 2.5-3 hour decant.

Much better this time around, but still required a 2.5-3 hour decant.

Dec 12th, 2019
Jason and Jennie

First vintage where i prefer myriad, quivet, and becklyn over the scarlett. Not big tannins so probably not an ager but it’s tight on opening that gives a sense of thinness. Double decanted it back in the bottle and it has more viscosity. Tastes pretty good now

First vintage where i prefer myriad, quivet, and becklyn over the scarlett. Not big tannins so probably not an ager but it’s tight on opening that gives a sense of thinness. Double decanted it back in the bottle and it has more viscosity. Tastes pretty good now

Jul 22nd, 2019
TheSkip

The infamous 2016 vintage! Inspired by Sir@Ron R and @Brandon Thurber!

I believe this has settled itself down a bit since I last had it. Unquestionably not nearly as good as the 15.

The tannins have softened and I am in agreement with
@Ron R that this might not make significant gains in the future. It has rapidly matured and, when I first had it, I felt it was a short to medium term hold, I’m now saying it’s a drink.

The infamous 2016 vintage! Inspired by Sir@Ron R and @Brandon Thurber!

I believe this has settled itself down a bit since I last had it. Unquestionably not nearly as good as the 15.

The tannins have softened and I am in agreement with
@Ron R that this might not make significant gains in the future. It has rapidly matured and, when I first had it, I felt it was a short to medium term hold, I’m now saying it’s a drink.

May 12th, 2019
Brandon T

As others have stated, this is a confusing wine. This may just need more time, or it may have already peaked and is on a downhill slide. I decanted for 3 hours and tried it every 30 minutes - it seemed to peak about 1.5/2 hours in. Definitely doesn’t have the stuffing of the ‘15, but still enjoyable. Will wait another year or so before trying another.

As others have stated, this is a confusing wine. This may just need more time, or it may have already peaked and is on a downhill slide. I decanted for 3 hours and tried it every 30 minutes - it seemed to peak about 1.5/2 hours in. Definitely doesn’t have the stuffing of the ‘15, but still enjoyable. Will wait another year or so before trying another.

May 11th, 2019