Mission Codename Cellar Stocker #2
Holy Bacchus, you Ops are a thirsty bunch, that Larkmead went NUTS. If you missed it, there are a few last cases here at the Store while they last.
Aaaand, here cometh #2!
Collectors and connoisseurs alike! Anyone who wants to experience the finer things in life - get in here!!
We’re thrilled, exultant, and basically PUMPED beyond belief for our first-ever offering of THE MASCOT.
Made from the young vines that power Napa’s most prestigious producer family tree: Harlan Estate, BOND, and Promontory. Easily one of our proudest moments, ever!
No big discount on this one, but frankly we’re lucky to have any to share at all. These are highly coveted and allocated wines and we had to work our charm to get a few.
The Mascot was launched by Will Harlan and their elite winemaking team and blends fruit from the aforementioned producer’s vineyards around the valley. First, Harlan Estate in the hillsides of Eastern Oakville. And BOND, where five hillside vineyards – Melbury (Rutherford), Quella (Howell Mountain), St. Eden (Oakville), Vecina (Yountville), and Pluribus (Spring Mountain). And finally, Promontory. The volcanic terroir on Mount Veeder.
Less than a couple of years ago Wine Spectator wrote of the changing of the guard here: “One of Napa’s Valley’s most prominent vintners, Bill Harlan, is stepping away from Harlan Estate after 40 years… Harlan turns the reins over to his son Will, who will oversee Harlan Estate and Bond, as well as Promontory, in which he has held a leadership role since 2017. Will Harlan will also continue to oversee The Mascot, a brand he founded using grapes that didn’t make the cut for the Harlan Estate Cabernet blend.”
What was in our lucky glasses that we couldn’t seem to keep full till the bottle was empty? Brooding and dark ruby-red with a black core, flowing with dark cherry, blackberry preserves, and fresh tobacco leaf. Roasted plums, sandalwood, spice cake, and fine-grained tannins define the long mid-plate and towering finale. Drinks amazingly well right now especially with decanting but easily can go another 10 years. Or 20. Or 30. If you can resist.
Please!! DO NOT MISS this if you’re interested. We have a TINY parcel to share.
What the Winery Says
2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cory Empting
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Napa Valley
- Harlan Family Hillside Vineyards
- Large Oak Casks
- 18 months
- 100% neutral French oak