The definition of hindsight is “understanding of a situation or event, only after it has happened or developed”. And knowledge as defined in philosophy is either “a priori” (knowledge that is acquired independently of any particular experience) or “a posterior” (derived from experience). You the reader of this article get both a priori and a posterior knowledge of this remarkable wine!
Tasting Hindsight’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 20/20 was similar in that you can obtain knowledge of this wine independently of your own of experience. It is always noteworthy to try a wine you have heard about but have not experienced. It is even more pleasing to taste the wines and be impressed! Last night, pulling this wine from the cellar to enjoy with a meal was for a lack of a better phrase, breathtaking! I had tried the Hindsight 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 20/20 and rated it highly. But the 2017 far surpasses the 2015.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 20/20 from Napa Valley earned 95 points in the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It is 100% Napa Valley fruit, and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes came from Southern Napa Valley, Rutherford, and Spring Mountain AVA’s. The processes of the grapes were in small lots and cold soaked prior to fermentation for five days for maximum extraction of color and flavor components.
This produced a beautifully dark red/crimson coloring on the eyes. On the nose, black and blue fruits wafted into the nose with elements of subdued violets. On the palate the predominate flavor of blueberry, with secondary flavors of soft vanilla, pipe tobacco and a hint of black licorice. The tannins were softly rounded and smooth but structured enough to make this a solid Cabernet Sauvignon finish. Now here is the key to “a priori information”—it is listed for $39.98/bottle on their website. So without experiencing this wine, I can attest that it is a phenomenal wine for the price point! I have tasted and sipped many wine with these characteristics from $50 to $75 and up. If you want to get some foresight, than Hindsight Cabernet Sauvignon 20/20 is your wine. The 2017 just made my Best Wines of 2021 for two reasons: first the flavor profile is exquisite and secondly the unbelievable price point.
The Food and Wine Pairing
The food for the wine was a favorite Carne Asada recipe. A marinated flank steak was marinated for 24 hours in advance. The marinade consisted of fresh cilantro leaves, olive oil, trace of reduced sodium soy sauce, juice from an orange, juice from a lime, minced garlic, diced jalapeno (changed from recipe calling for seeded and one to two and included seeds!), ground cumin and Kosher salt/black pepper. It was quickly seared on the BBQ to medium rare. Plated and garnished with additional marinade (that was not in touch with the raw meat) and fresh lime wedge drizzled over the meat. Accompanying the meal was a Spanish rice with tomatoes and fresh Beefsteak tomatoes. The wine cut the protein of the flank steak beautifully and the fruit of the wine enveloped the spiciness of the Carne Asada. Another wonderful meal and wine combination.