Talk about energy! The stress of a three-year drought was brought to a crashing end by an earthquake that brought moisture up from the depths like Persephone breaking free right before harvest. The resulting wine maintains that sense of lift and flow in its vibrancy on the nose and the palate. Red fruit and baking spice build from a soft entry to an impressive structure. This puppy has big paws and you can taste the bright future these young vines hold. One day they’ll join the venerable ranks of BOND, Harlan and Promontory but, until then, we’re keeping the Mascot on a tight leash, in a nice large format, in a nice, cold cellar.