2017 The Mascot Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ValleyCalifornia, USA
Very limited release, only four bottles left! Our 2016 allocation sold out in 41 minutes. Snatch up this wine while you can!
From Coravin's Fine Wine Specialist 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!