2017 Hourglass HGIII
Tasting Notes: The 2017 greets with lifted aromatics of wild cherry, blueberry, cassis, and subtle hints of dried flowers and savory herbs. These aromas carry forward on the palate, the medley of saturated, pure fruit flavors providing dimension to the broad-shouldered, sumptuous texture. Dense and concentrated, yet balanced by lively acidity, a refined structure and well-integrated tannins, HG III delivers. Crafted with select lots from our Blueline Estate and carefully sourced vineyards in Napa Valley.
Vintner Notes: Toward its northern end, just above the town of St. Helena, the Napa Valley narrows. Pinched in by the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side and the Vaca Range to the east, it forms an hourglass, funneling cool breezes that temper the up-valley heat. It’s at precisely that spot that Hourglass sits. The four-acre estate vineyard began as the passion project of Ned Smith. When he passed away, his son Jeff took the reins. Jeff replanted brought on winemaker Bob Foley to craft the first vintage of Hourglass Cabernet in 1997. Since then, Hourglass has grown to include 24 acres over two exceptional estates, and winemaker Tony Biagi has built on Bob’s legacy, crafting the powerful yet refined vintages Jeff calls “postmodern wines.” The Blueline Estate was acquired in 2006, where two “blue-line” streams form the boundaries of the property on the topographic map. These two dynamic estates act as the source of the wine's vibrant energy.