Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007
95 points Robert Parker: Hourglass's flagship wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of their strongest efforts to date. An inky/purple color is followed by subtle scents of barbecue smoke, black currants, black cherries, licorice, and a hint of oak. Full-bodied, generously endowed, and deep with loads of concentration, purity, and texture, it is approachable now, but should evolve for 20-25 years. (Dec 2009)
External Reviews for Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Dark, ripe, rich and concentrated, with a tight beam of cedar, currant, lead pencil and wild berry that fans out nicely on the finish, showing a firm band of tannins. Best from 2007 through 2013.
Pushes ripeness to blackberry and black cherry pie flavors while retaining a delicate balance and tight focus. Full-bodied, polished and elegant, streamlined, riveting and most complex on the finish. Best from 2011 through 2018.
The majestic 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses the same characteristics as the 2001, just more of them. Boasting more perfume, a bigger attack and mid-palate as well as greater length and intensity, this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon reveals notes of camphor intermixed with black currants, cherries, licorice, cedar, and minerals. Full-bodied and opulent with a structured finish, it is accessible now because of its wealth of fruit and concentration, but it should easily evolve for 15 or more years. The good news is there are 800 cases of this wine.
Well-known winemaker Bob Foley is the force behind the wines of Hourglass. This tiny vineyard of around five acres is located just north of St. Helena on a gradually sloping hillside somewhat reminiscent of Colgin's Tychson Hill Vineyard or Vineyard 29, both nearby neighbors. These hillsides are essentially the lower foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains and are largely volcanic rock and loamy soil called "hambright." The 2005 is a beautiful wine, and another strong effort. Deep ruby/purple-colored with a beautifully pure nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle wood, and hints of graphite and cedar, the wine is rich, full-bodied, with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a long, long finish. It is still very youthful, but with 2-3 years of cellaring, this wine has the potential to jump a few points in score and will no doubt last for two decades.
Hourglassandrsquo;s flagship wine, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of their strongest efforts to date. An inky/purple color is followed by subtle scents of barbecue smoke, black currants, black cherries, licorice, and a hint of oak. Full-bodied, generously endowed, and deep with loads of concentration, purity, and texture, it is approachable now, but should evolve for 20andndash;25 years.