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The Mascot Wine 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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The Mascot Wine 2018 is a testament to the artistry and expertise of winemaker Will Harlan, showcasing the remarkable outcome of a vintage that embraced both challenges and serenity. In the glass, it reveals a deep, garnet color, hinting at the richness that lies within.

On the nose, the wine entices with a complex array of aromas. Dark fruit notes dominate, with luscious blackberries and ripe plums taking center stage. Intertwined with these are hints of black tea, adding depth and sophistication. Subtle herbal nuances dance in the background, enhancing the overall bouquet.

As the wine caresses the palate, its texture expands gracefully, enveloping the senses with a lifted structure and delicate powdery tannins that gently melt away. This elegant softness is complemented by a satisfying density in the mid-palate, creating a harmonious balance. The team’s decision to pick the fruit at just the right moment is reflected in the wine’s ethereal power, with a subtle yet undeniable energy that captivates the taste buds.

The finish is a crescendo of flavors, as the hidden energy bursts forth, revealing vibrant details that linger on the palate. The 2018 vintage of The Mascot is a remarkable expression of finesse and restraint, with a captivating allure that keeps you coming back for more.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (17)

17 reviews for The Mascot Wine 2018

  1. Edna Ellis

    Elegant blend of black and red fruits with subtle oak. Silky palate, with cherry, cassis, and raspberry. Finish reveals spice and earthy tones. Good wine, but price has gone up. Enjoyed over a date night at Chandlers in Petoskey.

  2. Elizabeth Mccord

    Green, yet pleasant. Could benefit from decanting or aging.

  3. Barbara Han

    Intense, concentrated Napa wine with blackberry notes. Structured, masculine, and not overpowering. Needs 10+ years. Rating: 93+. #podcast #IB

  4. Evelyn Juarez

    Elegant, smooth wine with dark fruits and moderate tannins.

  5. Brenda Duquette

    Intense magenta color. Prominent cherry cream cheese danish aroma. Smooth, dry palate with good acidity. Long, firm tannic finish. Accessible now, but will improve with age. Ideal to decant for 2-3 hours.

  6. Rhona Neil

    Elegant wine with a harmonious blend of dark and red fruit. Silky texture. Excited for its potential aging over 5 years. Cheers!

  7. Gloria Kitchens

    New Review: Medium-bodied American Cabernet with potential. Requires 2-hour decant. Fruity, elegant, and subtle now, but will improve in a few years. Well-rounded tannins, powerful acidity. Drink from 2025 to 2034+.

  8. James Arehart

    Decent wine, but outshone by the 2019 Seaver GTS served alongside. Promising potential, worth trying again in 2-3 years.

  9. Margaret Rubens

    Solid Cabernet backbone with big legs. Hints of mineral and spice, with a touch of cinnamon. Medium-firm tannins.

  10. Clyde Turner

    ’18 lacks the greatness of ’16. Needs more time to blend. Good fruit but earthy nose. Will age for a few more years.

  11. Roy Bartolome

    After an hour, this wine becomes more expressive with demure fruit and increased tartness. Preferred over the 2018 Tor Cimarossa. Liked by all.

  12. Kimberly Hollins

    Great wine, but pricey. Reminiscent of a typical US cab. Thought it was Shafer.

  13. Kendall Jones

    The Mascot impresses with its blackberry and cherry aromas, cassis and cherry flavors, and a long finish. While it could continue to evolve, it drinks well now. Hold onto it for 2-10+ years.

  14. Gary Gober

    Cork was wet but wine had no flaws. Elegant, smooth, and silky with restrained fruit. Label doesn’t match the wine’s character. Overpriced, didn’t improve over three nights.

  15. Donna Gray

    Review: Balanced, needs food, big and promising. Hold for higher score. Decant for a long finish. Not polished yet.

  16. David Stinnett

    After 1.5 hours, fragrant and perfumed nose with orange blossom. Fruit forward palate, dusty tannins, medium-long finish. Approachable with noticeable tannins.

  17. Isaac Dendy

    Impressive dark magenta hue. Aromas of cherry, coconut cream pie, honeysuckle, cinnamon, rain on hot pavement, and subtle sweet basil. Smooth, dry palate with firm tannins. Improved since last tasted. Young CS with great balance and complexity.

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What does The Mascot Wine 2018 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, pear, apricot

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, grapefruit, orange

cheese, cream, oil

grass, green bell pepper, straw

raisin, fig, prune

pineapple, mango

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with The Mascot Wine 2018

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The Mascot brand of wine represents a unique Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon red wine sourced from younger vines (7-12 years old) found in replanted blocks within the hillside vineyards of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. Initially, this project was on a small scale, primarily enjoyed by the Harlan family, their winemaking team, and close associates. The first vintage released was in 2008. As time passed, the production increased to around 500 cases, prompting the decision to make it commercially available to the public. The wine is carefully released when it reaches a delightful and vibrant fruit flavor, ensuring its readiness to be enjoyed. Beyond its own merits, The Mascot aims to provide a glimpse into the aging process and improvements experienced by the wines from the... Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More

Winemaker of The Mascot Wine 2018

Will Harlan

Will Harlan, a visionary winemaker, has become a prominent figure in the world of fine wines. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, he has crafted outstanding vintages for some of the most esteemed wineries in the industry. Notably, Harlan is known for his exceptional work at Harlan Estate, Bond, and Promontory wineries, where his expertise and passion for winemaking shine through. With a family legacy deeply rooted in Napa Valley's wine culture, Will Harlan continues to push the boundaries of winemaking, producing remarkable wines that delight connoisseurs and collectors alike. His dedication to the craft is evident in every bottle, solidifying his place among the finest winemakers of our time.
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Napa Valley AVA, located just an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, holds the title of being the most renowned and prestigious wine region in the New World. The Napa Cab is a red wine that is aged in oak and has a strong aroma of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla, and smoky, bittersweet chocolate. It's the signature wine of the vineyard. Stretching approximately 35 miles (60km) southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, Napa Valley boasts some of the most valuable vineyard properties on Earth. The picturesque drive from Napa to Calistoga takes around 40... Read More

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