2015 Harlan 'The Mascot' Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes: The 2015 growing season began uncommonly cloudy and cool, particularly for a year with very low precipitation. These conditions during bloom resulted in significantly smaller yields of fruit from the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. The summer months, in contrast, conjured stretches of intense warmth that lasted into autumn, spurring one of our earlier harvests to date. The profile of the vintage—much to our surprise—stayed true to the nature of its chilly beginnings, rather than the dry heat of its maturation environs. A deep, meditative core radiates an inner vibrancy through swells of stirringly fresh aromas. The glow of summer sunlight is felt in this otherwise cerebral wine through strength and rounded resonance on the palate. With five years of aging, the pedigree of this vintage begins to emerge with the friendly energy of a loyal companion.
The Mascot was first made in 2008 as a wine for Will Harlan’s friends and family, but today it’s a way to showcase the excellence of the young-vine fruit that would otherwise go into Harlan Estate, Bond, and Promontory.
|Country||USA - California|
|Grape Varietals||Cabernet Blend|