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The Mascot 2014

Your Price: $139.90

Producer: The Mascot
Optimum drinking: 2020-2030
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Appellation: North Coast, Napa Valley, California
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

The Mascot is a limited availability fine red Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from the younger vines of the legendary estates of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. An athletic balance of energy and density, The Mascot is expressive and approachable early in its life with the potential to evolve in the bottle. The Mascot actually began life as a boutique fine wine project; a wine made by, and to be shared with, the Harlan family, winemaking team, and close friends. They drew fruit from select blocks of replanted hillside vineyards and provided a blissful glimpse into the evolution of The Mascot's parent estates. For the 2008 vintage, the family had sufficient wine (but still only around 500 cases), to introduce the wine to the outside world; releasing the first bottles in 2013.

2014 Vintage Notes: "An otherwise even growing season in 2014 was made memorable by an earthquake that struck the Napa Valley in the early-morning hours of August 24th. Dry conditions that normally prevail at that time of year were unexpectedly altered; the geologic event had shifted the water table to the extent that many seasonal streams began to flow once again. This unusual circumstance brought unaccustomed moisture from the depths and, with it, renewed energy to many of the soils throughout the valley. In the wake of this phenomenon, we noticed subtle changes to the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory, which grew more vibrant as harvest approached. The resulting wine reflects this vibrance in its lift and flow across the palate, with its quality ringing true to the pedigree of its parent sites. Red fruit and baking spice intermingle on the nose, while on entry, the wine is soft, gently accelerating as it reveals athletic structure and shape, culminating in transparency and poise." The Mascot

"The Mascot began as an experimental project, born of the desire to create a wine that I could share with friends." Will Harlan

The Mascot 2014 - Golden West Wines