75cl * 14.5% ABV * Napa Valley, California, USA
The domain traces its beginning to the founding in 1984 of Harlan Estate, located in the western hills of Oakville and conceived as a “first growth of California.” In 1996, the family established BOND, a portfolio of “Grand Cru” vineyards whose wines showcase the range of expression of cabernet sauvignon across distinct geographical sites within the Napa Valley. The Mascot is an outstanding Napa Cabernet blended from the younger vines of the Harlan family’s three iconic estates: Harlan, Bond and Promontory. Founded by Will Harlan, it began as a small, informal project shared among the family.
The judgment to pick fairly late —as well as the gentle nature of the season—is confirmed in the subtle, ethereal power of the 2018 vintage, which reveals itself first in the deep, brooding aromas of dark fruit, black tea, and herbal notes. The texture expands around a lifted structure, as powdery tannins gently resolve. This diffused, enigmatic softness is anchored on the mid-palate by a gratifying density, which prepares the senses for a flourish of hidden energy and vivid detail that illuminates the finish.
Approachable in its youth, it will age for decades given the opportunity. Drink from 2024 - 2045.