Scarlett is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.
Mike Smith became a self-taught winemaker early in his career by making wine as a side project in Oregon. He decided to leave his desk job in 1999 to pursue wine full-time, and worked numerous crushes (for free) in Napa Valley. Mike ended up spending seven years working with Thomas Rivers Brown, who’s the genius behind the likes of Schrader, Rivers Marie, Outpost, Maybach and others. In 2006, Mike decided to branch out on his own. Today, Mike is and has been the winemaker for an incredible number of estates in the Valley, Including Carter Cellars, Becklyn, Maybach Family, Bench, Scarlett, and 12c, among others.
Scarlett 2018 “Estate” Zinfandel, Rutherford Napa Valley
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Dark and opulent ruby hues greet the eye as a classic Zin nose flush with red fruit, licorice root, bramble berry take center stage. Glass coating glycerin, a natural acidity lift, and a medium plus weight frame this garnet beauty throughout. The mid palate is loaded with mixed dark fruits, spice cake and root beer. An undeniable streak of anise right down the middle glides into a 20 second plus finish. Full bodied and structured, a 1 hour decant works magic with this wine or you can lay it down for a few years to uncover hidden layers and complexities.
Winemaker Notes: Brambly fruit, raspberry liquor with a touch of citrus on the nose is followed by spectacular blackberry dark fruit, prunes and cloves that fill the palate. This medium bodied Zinfandel is well balanced with perfect acidity and lots of verve. A classic touch of cola & dark chocolate linger in the background. Full and plush, the finish is big, long and dynamic. Enjoy with a nice decant, or lay it down for a couple of years to let all the elements come together.
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