Fall Releases from Hourglass in the Napa Valley


Winemaker Tony Biagi (left) and proprietor Jeff Smith (in glasses)


A really fun “live” tasting last night, where journalists on both coasts tasted the fall release from Hourglass during the same one hour period.

The wines tasted were extremely high end, and the event was fun and interactive.

This post describes the wines in a more structured way.

The HG III follows the classical Bordeaux methods, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a third grape that changes … in 2012 it was Malbec. The style is structured for long term cellaring and is more fruit forward. Lots of bright fruits here (black cherry and raspberry) with a dense creamy core.

The Hourglass Blueline Estate 2012 Vintage consists of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot, and spends 21 months in new French oak. This is a very complex wine, suitable for years of aging, though ready to drink now with its vibrant, powerful fruit. An excellent example of the best Napa Valley has to offer.

The Hourglass 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon really delicious wine with great pure fruit extraction, supple textures, and exotic aromas.  The black licorice notes, well-integrated French oak, and tangy acidity make for a truly elegant wine appropriate to drink now, yet will reward those with the patience to cellar.

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