The Mascot

2017 The Mascot Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

California, USA
$160.00
In stock
SKU
CV-17MASCSNV

Only 3 cases available! Our 2016 allocation sold out in 41 minutes. Snatch up this wine while you can!

From Coravin's Resident "Wine Guy" William Rohlfing:

Some Napa Cabs are described as being a cult Cabernet. Then there is The Mascot-it actually started just as a wine for friends and family made by Will Harlan (yes, of course of Harlan Estate—Bill Harlan’s son). Realizing what he had, Will started actually selling the wine! Made from younger vines from Harlan Estate, all four Bond vineyard sites, and Promontory as well, this is all hillside fruit made at the Harlan Estate. Personally, having been a restaurant wine buyer for two decades, this was always a unicorn for my list—the wine drinks like a top-priced Napa wine because it comes from the top sites and has arguably the best winemaking team available. I would always buy every bottle offered to my restaurants (which was not much!) because it is also a surprising value!

The Mascot is named after Will’s dog and features a picture of him on the label. Rich and mouth filling while exhibiting the balance of the Bond and Harlan wines, The Mascot drinks well upon release, being made from those younger vines, but also has a good long life ahead of it. Drink it now with pleasure or cellar it for 10-15 years in your cellar.

Look forward to seeing a few more small, special releases of The Mascot over the next few months! We have a few more vintages on the way…. All very small quantities but the wine is fabulous!

Tasting notes: Dark dense core and thick tears, this wine starts out just by looking rich. On the nose, showing crushed granite, graphite, lots of ripe dark fruit and that savory herbaceous character I always get from Bond’s St. Eden vineyard designate. On the palate the tannin structure is impressive while still being smoothly textured. Dark blackberry and black currant are balanced out with a hint of vanilla and woodspice, black pepper and sage. An impressive wine. Drink it over the next few years while you wait for your Bond to age!

 

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The Mascot Winery

Napa Valley, California

The Mascot is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made from distinct hillside vineyards; specifically the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. It started out as a small project shared among the family, winemaking team, and close friends. Drawing fruit from blocks of recently replanted vineyards, The Mascot shares a glimpse into the evolution of its parent estates: a youthful snapshot of their future.

With the 2008 vintage the family had enough wine - 500 cases - to introduce the endeavor to the outside world; releasing the first bottles in 2013. An athletic balance of energy and density, The Mascot is expressive and approachable early in its life with potential to evolve long into the future.

VINTAGE NOTES

Vintage 2017 proved to be one of those seasons that tests the mettle of both the winegrowing team and the vines. The exuberance of early spring was briefly disrupted by hailstorms, followed by heat waves that bracketed the summer months, elevating ripeness in the fruit. Despite these events, we took a calculated risk by waiting. Decades spent working these lands had encouraged us to exercise restraint, allowing the vines—even the young ones—to rely, wherever possible, on their own accumulated wisdom. Discipline rewarded us: as temperatures normalized, sugars rebalanced, acidity held, and harvest began not long thereafter. We are particularly fortunate to have produced The Mascot from fruit brought in before wildfires began in autumn. These adversities seem to have heightened the character of the wine, which emerged from the challenges with purity and poise—a testament to the pedigree of the sites themselves. The growing season’s relative warmth is absent in the glass, replaced by freshness and a piquant tension. The nose draws forward notes of red fruit and elements—earth, warm spice, leather—often deferred to the finish. Lithesome tannins and vibrant acidity attend a crystalline structure that is finely wrought and radiantly transparent.