As for the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, it is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot versus the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2014. Exhibiting terrific fruit ripeness, a dense opaque purple color, beautiful sweet blackberry and cassis fruit with underlying crushed rock minerality, this full-bodied, multidimensional, dense wine has low acidity, velvety tannins and a long, heady finish. Drink 2018-2032.
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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