Hourglass Blueline Estate Napa Valley Merlot 2018

$75

Well-known winemaker Bob Foley has been the consistent force behind these high quality wines from Hourglass.  Extremely limited. 94 Points Robert Parker:  "A barrel sample blend of 86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Merlot Blueline Estate has a very pretty perfume of candied violets, kirsch, warm black plums and star anise with hints of tobacco leaf and fallen leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is so wonderfully juicy, plush and laden with exotic spices, possessing great freshness to boot, finishing long and perfumed... ...Tony Biagi, the winemaker at Hourglass, is one of my favorite personalities in the valley. I met him years ago when he was the winemaker at Plumpjack. He is now handling both Hourglass estates, which is somewhat confusing to the consumer, in that there is actually a Blueline Estate that is a 20-acre vineyard across from the Three Palms Duckhorn Merlot Vineyard and not far from the Switchback Vineyards. The other, the Hourglass Estate, is a little more than a dozen acres situated near Colgin’s Tychson Hill Vineyard off Route 29 north of St. Helena. It is important to note in the reviews that follow whether they contain the Hourglass Estate or the Blueline Estate designations."

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Ratings on Delectable

Erica Gamble

Best Merlot I have had. Sweet but with a big, dark backbone. Chocolate, blackberry, vanilla, with cinnamon and spice. Really nice wine.

Best Merlot I have had. Sweet but with a big, dark backbone. Chocolate, blackberry, vanilla, with cinnamon and spice. Really nice wine.

9.3

Rob Sternthal

Ever since we did a tasting with @Anthony Biagi i find this hard not to drink - even young. What a difference Tony has made for Hourglass as well as his own line of Patria. I probably drink his wines 1 out of every 3 or 4 bottles I have. This is a rich, opulent wine and was WOTN when we did our hourglass virtual tasting.

Ever since we did a tasting with @Anthony Biagi i find this hard not to drink - even young. What a difference Tony has made for Hourglass as well as his own line of Patria. I probably drink his wines 1 out of every 3 or 4 bottles I have. This is a rich, opulent wine and was WOTN when we did our hourglass virtual tasting.

9.4

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