The definition of hindsight is “understanding of a situation or event, only after it has happened or developed”. Last Saturday evening, with the help of two longtime friends (Mark & Candy Strubbe), we tried the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon by Hindsight Wines in Calistoga, Napa Valley. Specifically their Howell Mountain from Bella Vetta Vineyard. The collective hindsight is how wonderful Hindsight Wines are!!
The 2017 Hindsight Wine from Howell Mountain is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Bella Vetta Vineyard, on Howell Mountain. This small vineyard of 1.9 acres vineyard is located on Howell Mountain at 2,000 foot elevation along the La Jota Ridge. Sitting above the fog line this allows almost continual warmth to ripen the grapes yet cool in the evening to help neutralize the acidity. This combination makes the vines produce grapes that provided intense flavor. On the eyes, a darker red/blackish coloring in the glass due to a long extraction by the winemaker. Medium to medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, distinct blackberries and raspberries waft into the nose. On the palate, some dark cocoa, soft pipe tobacco, lush juicy plum and a hint of licorice. The tannins are present but are soft and rounded. The multi-layered structure provides a finish of delight and quality with an oak presence. Almost two years of aging in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% neutral. This is Howell Mountain fruit at its best! This again rated a high mark in “my book” of wines tasted in 2021. This wine retails for $95/bottle per their website.
The Food Pairing
We tasted the wine with a twenty-four hour marinated tri-tip steak in a Chaka sauce. It was seared and BBQ’ed and served medium to medium rare. Additionally served with pan roasted Brussel sprouts with olive oil and drizzled balsamic vinegar and twice baked cheese potatoes. Followed up by a peach pie a la mode. The tri-tip and wine pairing was as always stunning and simply simpatico with each other. The Hindsight Howell Mountain with the nose, rounded tannins, layered structure and mid long fisnish was a delightful food and wine pairing.
Hindsight also recently released their 2020 Sauvignon Blanc and their 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 20/20. Both of these wines have made my Best Wines of 2021!