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The flagship offering from a 4-acre parcel, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a 650-cases, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon offering an excellent opaque ruby/purple color as well as abundant aromas of camphor, creme de cassis, subtle smoke and graphite characteristics. Full-bodied, rich, dense and concentrated with some tannins still to shed, it should drink nicely for 15 or more years.


Fragrant floral, black licorice and fresh earth flavors are full bodied, with touches of bay leaf. Delicate at first, yet builds intensity and depth, ending with a long, full finish, where the tannins turn chewy. Best from 2012 through 2020. 700 cases made

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The Winery


Jeff and Carolyn Smith turned this family estate, established by Jeff’s father back in 1976, into a successful winery after replanting the property with Cabernet. Hourglass has been hailed as one of the rising stars since its first Cabernet vintage back in 1997. The name Hourglass is appropriate for its unique shape of how these hillside vineyards lay in between two mountain ranges providing a site unlike any other in Napa.

In 2006, Jeff acquired the Blueline Estate, another equally expressive site planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec. The wines produced from these two vineyards undeniably capture the essence of Napa valley with big rich flavors, structure and ample concentration. Below is a vast list of Hourglass reds that won’t disappoint.

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