color - black/blue/red nose - currant, cherry, coco, toast mouth - rich red fruit and dark chocolate finish - long buy it age it 10 years
Hourglass is at the premium end of California Cabernet, and at about 175.00 it's worth every cent. This is truly an almost perfect wine, you have to drink it to understand what power and elegance in wine really means. Hourglass should be kept in everyone's cellar, whether it be a walk-in cellar, a floor unit, a closet or under your bed... it is a treasure.
External Reviews for Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The name of the Hourglass vineyard comes from its location at the pinch of Napa Valley’s unique hourglass shape. It draws cooling breezes both from the south and west, allowing owner Jeff Smith and his team (most notably famed winemaker Bob Foley, of Pride Mountain, Switchback Ridge and Robert Foley Wines) to pick when the grapes are perfectly ripe. The tiny, concentrated berries are the kind of raw materials that winemakers everywhere dream of working with. A little over 30 years ago, Jeff’s father purchased a small 4 acre parcel of land in Napa to plant some zinfandel, trading his grapes for wine with local vinters. Little did he know that this “hobby vineyard” was sitting on a sweet spot for Cabernet. After Ned’s death, Jeff enlisted the help of local UC Davis viticulturalists to evaluate the potential of the soil. They noted that the soil (a thin layer of dirt above solid bedrock), exposure and uniquely elevated position between Hwy 29 and the Silverado Trail begged for Cabernet Sauvignon. With neighboring properties like Vineyard 29, Grace Family and Colgin’s Tychson Hill vineyard, they were convinced that the expensive and time-consuming process of transitioning from Zin to Cab would be worth the effort. They were right. Hourglass wines have received some off-the chart scores from the likes of Robert Parker, James Laube, and the feverish bidding at Auctions like the one in Napa Valley for his wares - also a good barometer of quality.
This Cabernet captures the full-bodied richness, power, finesse and grace of the grape, delivering an up-front, exotic display of ripe currant, blackberry, wild berry, plum, olive, cedar and spice, with an espresso finish that sails on and on. Drink now through 2018.
More tannic and closed was the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Line. This wine has outstanding ripeness, as most wines do in this vintage, but the tannins are elevated, the wine muscular, firm, and needing some time in bottle. This wine needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should last for 15 or more years.
Dark red-ruby. Complex nose offers plum syrup, smoke, mocha and chocolate. Fat and sweet, but with good ripe acidity keeping the flavors of plum, redcurrant and tobacco fresh. Finishes long, with ripe tannins arriving late. Deceptively tasteable today, this wine should really be kept for a few years. These vines are planted in a rocky canyon on well-drained, cobbly soil.