Hourglass

Blueline Estate Cabernet Franc

9.315 ratings
9.23 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Joe Lucca

Molasses, sweet black fruit, unctuous. Gun powder, green vegetal fruit. Needs a decade.

Molasses, sweet black fruit, unctuous. Gun powder, green vegetal fruit. Needs a decade.

1 person found it helpfulDec 9th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Blue fruits, black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, spice-box, violets, tough leather, big baking spices, caramel & chocolate, crushed dry rocks, black dry earth. It's only been in bottle 8 month and still very fresh. Pronounced tannins at this stage. Needs another 5 years in bottle and enjoy it from that point on another 7-10 years.

Blue fruits, black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, spice-box, violets, tough leather, big baking spices, caramel & chocolate, crushed dry rocks, black dry earth. It's only been in bottle 8 month and still very fresh. Pronounced tannins at this stage. Needs another 5 years in bottle and enjoy it from that point on another 7-10 years.

Jan 13th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

It's big dark and rich blackberries, dark plum, blueberries, big tannins, a tarry character, huge leather, big spice-box, sawdust, loads of baking spice, caramel, milk chocolate, touch of jalapeno pepper, dark dry earth, crushed rocks, fresh violets, dry floral bouquets, nice acidity, length, big tension balance of fruit & earth.

It's big dark and rich blackberries, dark plum, blueberries, big tannins, a tarry character, huge leather, big spice-box, sawdust, loads of baking spice, caramel, milk chocolate, touch of jalapeno pepper, dark dry earth, crushed rocks, fresh violets, dry floral bouquets, nice acidity, length, big tension balance of fruit & earth.

Jan 13th, 2017
Sean Thomas

This is by the best Cab Franc I’ve ever enjoyed. Picked up a new release and then found a gem library locally. On the nose: blueberry, graphite, soul, pepper. Tongue: blue fruit, some light red fruit, crazy minerality. Structure is balanced. Wouldn’t let it go much past 6 years. 2014 is a drink now.

This is by the best Cab Franc I’ve ever enjoyed. Picked up a new release and then found a gem library locally. On the nose: blueberry, graphite, soul, pepper. Tongue: blue fruit, some light red fruit, crazy minerality. Structure is balanced. Wouldn’t let it go much past 6 years. 2014 is a drink now.

Feb 15th, 2020
Jeff Antkowiak

Deep dark fruit. Unctuous on the pallet.

Deep dark fruit. Unctuous on the pallet.

Mar 27th, 2019
Rob Sternthal

After a wonderful day with the Winemaker, he convinced me that this was a pop and pour today. He was right!!!! Beautiful expression of a Cab Franc. @Anthony Biagi @Ian Fenwick - Hourglass Wine Co

After a wonderful day with the Winemaker, he convinced me that this was a pop and pour today. He was right!!!! Beautiful expression of a Cab Franc. @Anthony Biagi @Ian Fenwick - Hourglass Wine Co

May 19th, 2018
Mike Mayer

Lots of floral aromatics with maybe a slight hint of just mowed grass. Lots of plum, blackberries, baking spices and a little cocoa on the palate. Tannins are super sleek providing a nice complexity to go along with perfect acidity. The finish is long and wonderful. Good now and probably good in 10 years. Love it!

Lots of floral aromatics with maybe a slight hint of just mowed grass. Lots of plum, blackberries, baking spices and a little cocoa on the palate. Tannins are super sleek providing a nice complexity to go along with perfect acidity. The finish is long and wonderful. Good now and probably good in 10 years. Love it!

Mar 27th, 2018
Carl Fischer

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.

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.

Dec 7th, 2017
Alvaro Bustillos

Mfs cena thanks 11/25/2016

Mfs cena thanks 11/25/2016

Dec 13th, 2016
Rick Lopus

Rick had this 4 years ago

Rick had this 4 years ago

May 18th, 2016