“The Mascot is a more affordable version of Harlanesque hedonism… but by no means a pale imitation. It is a bold, rich, full-bodied red, expressive and approachable, with the potential to evolve well into the future."
Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal
Founder Will Harlan's The Mascot began early on as an experiment, after talking the family and winemaking team into sparing a few barrels of wine - produced from younger vines - to explore a blend of his own. In the first few years, before it had a label or a name, it was just a wine shared with friends and family. It wasn’t until the 2008 vintage, the first official release, that there was enough to share with new friends. This cabernet is a hedonistic blend of power and balance; expressive and approachable early in its life, with potential to evolve well into the future. Ready to drink upon release, it will age for decades given the opportunity. Production is 2,500 cases a year.
Grape Varieties: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot
"The 2011 growing season in the Napa Valley was one of cooler temperatures, contributing to a slow, deliberate ripening requiring both patience and faith. What emerged from the younger vines of Promontory, Harlan Estate, and BOND was a wine with great freshness, tension, and vibrance. Minerality resolves into wet slate, with elegant fruit defined by velvety tannins. Approachable and lively in its youth, the 2011 vintage will age far into the future."
Will Harlan’s vintage notes