History and Background
The Mascot is a relatively new wine venture, but its roots run deep in the Napa Valley soil. The wine is the brainchild of Will Harlan, son of Bill Harlan, who founded the iconic Harlan Estate. The Mascot began with a young vine experiment, using the younger vines from the Harlan Estate, BOND, and Promontory vineyards. The first vintage was in 2008, and since then, The Mascot has carved out its own niche as a wine that offers a glimpse into the esteemed terroirs from which it hails, but at a more approachable price point and style.
Vineyards and Terroir
The Mascot sources its grapes from:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards are characterized by diverse soils, including volcanic, gravelly, and loamy compositions, contributing to the wine's complexity.
- Grape Varieties: The wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, reflecting the Napa Valley's most celebrated grape.
Wine Style and Production
The Mascot is known for:
- Producing wines that are both robust and refined, capturing the essence of Napa Valley Cabernet.
- Benefiting from the expertise and resources of its parent estates, ensuring meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery.
While The Mascot may be the younger sibling to some of Napa's most revered wines, it has quickly gained a reputation for quality and value. It offers wine enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the pedigree of its illustrious vineyard sources without the waitlist or the higher price tag.
The Mascot is a testament to the potential of Napa Valley's younger vines and the vision of the next generation of the Harlan family. With deep roots in some of Napa's most esteemed vineyards, a commitment to quality, and a fresh approach, The Mascot offers a unique and rewarding wine experience. It's a wine that bridges the old with the new, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.