2016 Hourglass 'Blueline' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$129.95
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NEW! We have another DEAD-KNOCKOUT from Hourglass to propose. Galloni called it "dense, pliant and absolutely gorgeous. Plush fruit and silky tannins push the dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and spice flavors forward. This is an especially creamy, supple wine for the vintage. Best of all, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring because of its impeccable balance." Our own notes say “Ripe cassis and red plum. Very sweet black cherry. Seamless and so fine. Damn!”

In 1976, Ned Smith purchased a small, four-acre parcel atop a knoll two miles north of St. Helena between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley (not far from Grace Family Vineyard) and planted Zinfandel, hoping to trade his grapes for wine from local vintners. Little did he know that his hobby vineyard was in a sweet spot for Cabernet Sauvignon, something his son Jeff discovered after his father passed away in 1990. Hourglass takes its name from its position at the “pinch” of Napa Valley’s unique hourglass shape. It draws cooling breezes from the south and west, allowing perfect ripeness from year to year. Hourglass’ critical acclaim keeps snowballing – and we were lucky enough to have gotten in on the ground floor. They also own “Blueline” vineyard, a spectacular site not far from Duckhorn’s 3 Palms Vineyard near Calistoga.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Tony Biagi
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
21 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Appellation:
Napa Valley
SKU #:
1WHOU16CS3BLUELINE
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Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Hourglass Estate is deep purple-black in color and offers up notes of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves, blackberry jam and violets with touches of licorice, black soil and cracked pepper. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with great length

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Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline is dense, pliant and absolutely gorgeous. Plush fruit and silky tannins push the dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and spice flavors forward. This is an especially creamy, supple wine for the vintage. Best of all, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring because of its impeccable balance.