2014 The Mascot, Napa Valley, USA

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Winery Story 

The Mascot is a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon made from distinct hillside vineyards;
specifically the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. It started out as a
small project shared among the family, winemaking team, and close friends. Drawing fruit
from blocks of recently replanted vineyards, The Mascot shares a glimpse into the evolution of its parent estates: a youthful snapshot of their future.

With the 2008 vintage the family had enough wine - 500 cases - to introduce the endeavor to the outside world; releasing the first bottles in 2013. An athletic balance of energy and density, The Mascot is expressive and approachable early in its life with potential to evolve long into the future.

 

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.


Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Production: 3,800 cases
ABV: 14.8%

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