With a relatively normal rainfall early in 2018, spring into fall and harvest was balanced and perfect for optimal ripeness at Scarecrow's J. J. Cohn estate vineyard on the western side of Rutherford. The vines destined to become 2018 M. Étain were night-harvested by hand beginning September 24, 2018. “The 2018 M. Étain displays beautiful ripe fruit tones of blueberry jam, fresh warm cherries, and just enough vanilla, spice and sandalwood to add complexity and base notes to the bright fruit components. On the palate, the wine shows very bright and fresh, with the aromatic notes returning as very juicy berry flavors combined with the spice elements. The wine shows depth and complexity, just enough density to prove its age-worthiness but wrapped up in tannins that already show a sense of plushness and generosity. The final blend of estate fruit consisted of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 4% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot."– Celia Welch, winemaker.