Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Find, May 25

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

This week's Friday Find has us looking closely at
 the myths of feral children.  Since antiquity there has been a fascination with this concept that animals could and would raise human children and instill in them a deeper more connected sense of innocence.  In some ways an even greater humanity.  Through time the bizarre infatuation with children being raised by wild animals has appeared in nearly every culture and civilization.  From the myth of Romulus and Remus on forward, we had Amala and Kamala from Calcutta, India, the Chilean story of Vicente Caucau who was raised by pumas and of course the bear-girl of Krupina, Slovakia.  In all cases the stories have been proven to be just that, myths or fiction, like Kipling's Mogwli of the Jungle Book.

There is perhaps no better depiction of the realities of a child raised by wild animals, also known as a feral child than the American motion picture classic, Walk Like a Man starring Howie Mandel. In the film Mandel plays the role of Bobo, a boy raised by wolves who is reintegrated into society in time to inherit and enormous fortune.  The question, can man tame his animal instincts long enough to enjoy the mall and swanky dinner engagements.

The 2009 Raised by Wolves Cabernet is far from feral, instead you get a Washington Cabernet bargain that delivers on red fruits, cherry and raspberry and very pleasing aromatics, particularly for those who enjoy an oak influence with hints of spice and sandalwood.  The palate is velvety and pleasant with the red fruit and wood spice.  The wine a Walla Walla designated Cabernet from Elevage Wine Co. is fairly broadly available and can be picked up at Wine World for around $15.


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