Another top-notch Cabernet Franc from Napa is the 2006 Cabernet Franc Blue Line. Subtle hints of bay leaf/menthol intermixed with blue fruits, dark raspberries, some subtle smoke and herbs are all present in this wine, which has complex aromatics, medium to full-bodied flavors, sweet tannins, and juicy, long, layered fruit flavors. This wine is showing well and can be drunk over the next 10-15 years.
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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