Hourglass

Blueline Estate Merlot

9.1133 ratings
9.029 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Carl Fischer

Great aromatics on this one - raspberries, baking spice and I swear I get hints of bergamot. This is a big wine. There’s a slight sweetness on the entry, with concentrated flavors of blueberry, vanilla, and hints of mocha. Typical silky mouthfeel I’ve come to expect from hourglass. Great acidity here too. Impressive - especially given the vintage.

Great aromatics on this one - raspberries, baking spice and I swear I get hints of bergamot. This is a big wine. There’s a slight sweetness on the entry, with concentrated flavors of blueberry, vanilla, and hints of mocha. Typical silky mouthfeel I’ve come to expect from hourglass. Great acidity here too. Impressive - especially given the vintage.

May 12th, 2018
Corey Zamora, CSW

One of the best merlots that Napa offers.

One of the best merlots that Napa offers.

Jan 15th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Medium to dark mix of garnet and ruby red. Layered nose with spices, cedar, dark fruits and black tea. Quite dark too. Medium tannins and medium plus to almost full bodied. Super extracted with lots of oaky influence. Layered with notes of cigar boxes, dark cocoa, plums, cherries, a touch of prunes and crushed rocks undertone. Long finish with quite a bit of power. Drink till 2020.

Grabbed for under $50.00 in PA.

Medium to dark mix of garnet and ruby red. Layered nose with spices, cedar, dark fruits and black tea. Quite dark too. Medium tannins and medium plus to almost full bodied. Super extracted with lots of oaky influence. Layered with notes of cigar boxes, dark cocoa, plums, cherries, a touch of prunes and crushed rocks undertone. Long finish with quite a bit of power. Drink till 2020.

Grabbed for under $50.00 in PA.

Sep 28th, 2017
John D'ell-Ross

This is the wine that got me back into Merlot - amazing fruit, round and voluptuous with lovely smooth tannins and 'bring me more' appeal.

This is the wine that got me back into Merlot - amazing fruit, round and voluptuous with lovely smooth tannins and 'bring me more' appeal.

Aug 1st, 2017
Matt Sterr

'13 is the new '97. Amazing Merlot in its youth. Enjoy over the next 6-10 years.

'13 is the new '97. Amazing Merlot in its youth. Enjoy over the next 6-10 years.

1 person found it helpfulAug 11th, 2015
Craig Brown

One of the best California Merlots for this price point. Blackberry and dark earth aroma. Plush on the palate.

One of the best California Merlots for this price point. Blackberry and dark earth aroma. Plush on the palate.

1 person found it helpfulJul 25th, 2015
Katy Jossy Simanski

Soft and supple.

Soft and supple.

Sep 10th, 2015
James Leahy

2011 vintage. Deep and balanced, with a blackberry core of sumptuous fruit with a hint of thyme. Big fan. Bravo tbiagi

2011 vintage. Deep and balanced, with a blackberry core of sumptuous fruit with a hint of thyme. Big fan. Bravo tbiagi

Apr 15th, 2015
Danielle Bretschneider

Thinking about my girl Audra :)

Thinking about my girl Audra :)

Mar 17th, 2015
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.0

Hey it's good!

Hey it's good!

Feb 20th, 2015