The Mascot 2013
The Mascot started as a fun experiment when Will Harlan secured a handful of barrels of juice from the young Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his family estates, Harlan, Promontory and BOND, 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 their first official release of the 2008 vintage that The Mascot was sizeable enough to share outside those borders. We have since moved through the years and onto what is arguably the defining year for The Mascot: the stunning 2013. When discussing the 2013 vintage in the context of a recent BOND vertical tasting, Antonio Galloni stated “The wines are simply phenomenal.”
The Harlan family has around 120 acres of vines of which 7 to 8% will be considered young vines (7 to 15 years old); it is these vines that go into The Mascot. The winemaking is done at each estate as if the wines were going into their respective “Grand Vins” – as such it is not site specific but an incredible representation of the family’s style and their interpretation of Napa.
When it comes to reviews and scores, Will Harlan will never formally show The Mascot to critics; What is certain is the wine comes from outstanding terroirs and as Robert Parker says “2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting north coast varietals over the last 37 years”
With scores for Bond 2013 ranging from 96+ to 100pts, the Promontory 2013 gaining 99pts, and with Harlan 2013 netting the magical 100pts from Robert Parker, The Mascot 2013 is clearly a Napa insider’s secret, with nigh on perfect siblings…
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Tasting Notes and Scores
We have not tasted the 2013 Mascot yet - but our score is based on the quality of the vintage and the 96+pt score we gave the 2012, as below:
"Ink plum/purple color. The nose is pronounced with ripe blackberry and cassis fruit, layers of leather and spices coming through as well. There is both a lifted, floral character and a more earthy, fragrant forest floor element to it which will bring great presence and gravitas once the fruit settles down. The palate has got intense cassis, blackcurrant, but also ripe plums. Wonderful texture! The wine feels very soft and polished. Tannins are silky and well integrated. There is a wonderful warmth on the palate but enough acidity to allow it to age for another 20 years minimum. Those who love the initial burst of fruit of the Napa Valley will enjoy drinking it earlier though as it delivers huge pleasure already. At this price it is an amazing entry into Napa’s finest!"