This is a great wine my buddy Michael is offering at The Redd Collection that not only has an impressive pedigree but would be a delicious holiday treat (or for any memorable occasion).
Will Harlan is the son of William Harlan, owner of much pricey Napa real estate and producer of the cult wine Harlan, along with The Maiden and BOND. After growing up in the wine business, young Will himself started making a wine called The Mascot, from younger vines from his family’s vineyards. The 2011 was produced exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Promontory, Harlan Estates and BOND, and it is not only delicious now, but should age beautifully for 15 years or more.
Harlan is, of course, a spectacular wine that well deserves its cult reputation. And you can find bottles out there for $1000 or so. The Maiden likewise goes for upward of $300, while BOND bottlings range from $400 to over $500. From younger vines of this same estate, The Mascot is a sumptuous and velvety wine for only $125. Here are my tasting notes: “Saturated, opaque, black-tinged red violet color; appealing, black currant, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate palate; delicious, velvety textured, black currant, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate palate with sweet tannins and good balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (14.5% alcohol; natural cork) 93+ points”
You can buy it from Michael at Redd here and get free shipping on case orders. Enjoy!