Insiders and Outsiders
“The color of this fine Cabernet is medium plum with brick red edges. The aromas are deep with supple Bing cherry and dried cherry notes and backed by integrated vanilla and toasted oak. The palate enters with silky tannins and is wrapped generously with ripe cherry and cassis. The palate is multi-layered with cherry and boysenberry with layers of integrated French oak tannins and lactone which brace the fruit and provide a matrix on which the fruit presents itself in elegant fashion.” (AbV 14.66%, pH 3.73, TA 6.14 g/L)
BARRELS: 18 months in 2-year-old French Oak.
TANGENTIALLY RELATED FACT to help you make conversation over this wine:
Imagine writing a book in high school. Now imagine it getting published and becoming your most popular piece of media for the rest of your life, despite writing several books since then. It’s somewhat bittersweet to imagine, from an outside perspective. The thing that everyone will know you for is something you made at the beginning of your career, at what is most likely your least developed point. Over time your writing skills and your life experiences and your general knowledge will all continue to expand and mature, theoretically leading to even better stories. Yet, immortalized in the public consciousness is what you produced at 16 years old. S.E. Hinton wrote most of The Outsiders, a beloved story about 60’s era youth gangs still commonly read in high school, when she was 16. It was published when she was 18. I don’t want to say something about peaking in high school, but this is perhaps, in a way, literally a situation of peaking in high school. My apologies to Hinton.
PAIRS WITH (winery recommended): Sea salt seasoned rosemary chicken with fresh steamed green beans and organic couscous with wild mushrooms, grilled New York steak, pan-seared filet mignon served with fingerling potatoes, roasted cipollini onions sautéed with wild mushrooms, or an Impossible Burger with grilled or sautéed onions, white cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce and kosher pickles.
OR (really-going-with-the-theme-option): Looking at something you made in high school and not feeling an underlying desire to cringe.