Wine lover in NYC with particular obsession with Napa. Founding member, Wine Nerd Herd.
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The best merlot coming out of Napa? Hard to say, but definitely in the top three for me (Paloma, Hourglass and this). So much fruit wrapped in a silky package (@Bill Bender don’t go there). Hedonistic, but still so balanced. And an ‘11 to boot. This followed two exceptional wines and held its own. — 5 days ago
Prior notes remain. This is an incredible wine and an unbeatable QPR. If you like a more fruit-driven style of Cab Franc you should definitely try this. Lacks any of the green flavors that are common in cab franc. Great balance, as well. — 7 days ago
So disappointing. This is my second time having this wine and I just don’t think it’s any good. It’s too savory and minerally for my taste. Lacks any dimension. I absolutely love their obsidian and their sauv blanc so my disappointment with this was shocking. A complete antithesis to their estate Cabernet. — 9 days ago
53/47 cab sauv/cab franc all from To Kalon. Blueberries, blackberries and mocha mix with earth and minerals. This wine is very balanced and the tannins are still very present especially on the finish. Decanted two hours. Will be fun to revisit this in a few years to see how it evolves, though perfectly delicious now. — 6 days ago
Sunday funday. Blackberry, black cherry, kirsch. Opulent on the entry, this coats your mouth. The mid-palate is a touch savory with smoke/leather/earth before the fruit returns on the long finish. While not on the same level as the Materium, it would be a shame to ignore or downplay this excellent wine which is perhaps more drinkable on release. But curious about other thoughts on the two wines. What do you think? — 5 days ago
Once @David L explained to me that this wasn’t a new varietal (😂 🙄)...I thoroughly enjoyed this.
This is a great wine - loads of dark fruit, cassis, cherry, blackberry, some vanilla, cedar and a loooooong finish. Silky mouthfeel despite the gritty tannins long life ahead of this one. 80/17/3 Cabernet/merlot/pet v. — 7 days ago
I’ve always loved Hourglass for their merlot, so it was a real treat to try their cab franc. This is super young and would benefit from a few years sleep - but it is also super good right now. Decanted for about an hour, this exhibited flavors of dark black fruit, brown sugar, tobacco and some gravel. There was a touch of herbal, but nothing extreme. This was medium-full bodied with silky tannins, prominent acidity and a long finish. It is really good - I can’t thank you enough @Joe Lucca for this. — 9 days ago