Tasting Note: The Mascot 2008 Napa Valley


1. Introduction:
Will Harlan, son of Bill Harlan (proprietor of Harlan Estate), created this Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from grapes from the younger vines on Harlan Estate and from Bond mostly located in the appellation of Oakville, Napa Valley.
Will´s intention was creating a more affordable and early approachable wine to drink with friends. After smaller earlier vintages, this is the first release that got available for (limited) public sales via mailing list.
We didn´t decant the wine. Bottle and cork flawless. 14,5% alc.

2. Appearance:
Deep dark crimson to garnet.
Dense and vital!

3. Nose:
Fine & highly complex aromas of Dark Berries, Flower(s) (Meadow), Perfume, and Exotic Spices.
Constantly evolving – especially in the first hour!
Beautiful and powerful Floral characters. Mushrooms, Herbs and little Licorice.
Vanilla Sugar and some Fresh Eucalypt.
Multi-layered and finely spun while very present and intense!

4. Taste:
Dense Dark Fruit- Cassis, Cedar, Blackberry and even (little) Plum.
Mocha, Dark Chocolate, Spices, and Road Tar.
Great density with medium- to full-bodied, silky mouthfeel.
Finishes long and intense with amazing Dark Fruit, Fine Dusty Tannins and intense Peppery Spiciness.
Combines density, concentration and power with filigree flavor levels, balance and great complexity!

5. Opinion:
Primarily intended for uncomplicated and early consumption, this wine combines all virtues of Premium Napa Valley Cabernet.
An approachable, but exceptional wine with great structure and future potential!
Filigree, harmonious, balanced and complex.
This wine doesn´t get boring and unites richness, great fruit, freshness and sophistication.