2019 Hourglass 'Blueline Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Two blue-line streams form the boundaries of Blueline Estate, giving it its name but, more importantly, giving the soils their unique character – gravelly remnants of ancient, upturned riverbeds with incredible drainage and minerality. Wine made from the vines here possess a hallmark yin/yang of vibrancy and richness. The 2019 is a carefully constructed blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Fireworks of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and chocolate covered cherries explode from the glass. Impressively opulent and exotically spiced, this is an inspired wine that promises decades more pleasure to come.

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Tony Biagi
19 Months
Oak Treatment:
85% New French Oak
Napa Valley
Blueline Estate
Total Varietal Composition %:
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 4%Cabernet Franc
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle
WA 95-97

Wine Advocate

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate reveals an opaque purple-black color, exploding from the glass with bombastic scents of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and chocolate-covered cherries, plus hints of Indian spices, menthol and licorice, with a touch of sandalwood. Full-bodied, concentrated and impressively opulent, the palate features layer upon layer of exotic spices intertwined with black and blue fruits, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long, long, long.