Hourglass

Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3239 ratings
9.139 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

We returned to Hourglass after our visit in 2018 as the wines are just so enjoyable, but the tasting cave may be one of the coolest spots to enjoy a glass of wine.

Compared to the Estate cab, the Blueline seems more dusty and tannic. Tart currant, baking spices, baked mixed berry pie, herbal spice and graphite. Very compact and dense. Coats the entire palate with fruit, smoked meat, vanilla pipe tobacco and cedar. Hold.

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

We returned to Hourglass after our visit in 2018 as the wines are just so enjoyable, but the tasting cave may be one of the coolest spots to enjoy a glass of wine.

Compared to the Estate cab, the Blueline seems more dusty and tannic. Tart currant, baking spices, baked mixed berry pie, herbal spice and graphite. Very compact and dense. Coats the entire palate with fruit, smoked meat, vanilla pipe tobacco and cedar. Hold.

Feb 23rd, 2020
Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

Fun to contrast alongside the ‘12 Ridge Cab. A lot more rich fruit here, but also channeling more tannin. Rich blue and black fruits with currant, baking spices at first, but there is a very nice balance of herbal notes, bayleaf and dusty tannin. Very enjoyable and still getting better. This place has one of the most gorgeous tasting rooms I’ve ever seen, so visiting is a must! Thanks
@Bill Makens

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

Fun to contrast alongside the ‘12 Ridge Cab. A lot more rich fruit here, but also channeling more tannin. Rich blue and black fruits with currant, baking spices at first, but there is a very nice balance of herbal notes, bayleaf and dusty tannin. Very enjoyable and still getting better. This place has one of the most gorgeous tasting rooms I’ve ever seen, so visiting is a must! Thanks
@Bill Makens

Sep 11th, 2019
Jeff D.

Just a beautifully made wine all around that benefits from age. Opulent and smooth, the Merlot from this property always stands out for me over the Cab. Excellent effort from the 09 vintage!

Just a beautifully made wine all around that benefits from age. Opulent and smooth, the Merlot from this property always stands out for me over the Cab. Excellent effort from the 09 vintage!

Jul 20th, 2018
Alyse Thomas

Love tasting good friends wine😋

Love tasting good friends wine😋

1 person found it helpfulDec 23rd, 2017
Jennifer DiDomizio

Really singing!

Really singing!

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2014
Kurt-Inge Eklund

This is not the style I'm looking for. Too ripe but I have to admit that it is a well made wine for its style.

This is not the style I'm looking for. Too ripe but I have to admit that it is a well made wine for its style.

Mar 23rd, 2017
Kevin Ortzman

Big dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry) with leather, spice, tobacco and minerality nuances.

Big dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry) with leather, spice, tobacco and minerality nuances.

Jan 23rd, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

This wine is a monster right now and it was opened yesterday. Inky dark cassis; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, blue fruits, hugely pronounced tannins, anise, strong leather, tobacco with ash, soft spice, vanilla, caramel, dark & milk chocolate, anise, cedar, black olive, black tea, dry crushed rocks, rich loamy dark soil, great; structure, length, balance, tension, acidity and long rich, elegant, full finish that doesn't end. Pictured...the tasting cave at Hourglass. Or, maybe it's a lounge?

This wine is a monster right now and it was opened yesterday. Inky dark cassis; blackberries, black plum, plum, black raspberries, blue fruits, hugely pronounced tannins, anise, strong leather, tobacco with ash, soft spice, vanilla, caramel, dark & milk chocolate, anise, cedar, black olive, black tea, dry crushed rocks, rich loamy dark soil, great; structure, length, balance, tension, acidity and long rich, elegant, full finish that doesn't end. Pictured...the tasting cave at Hourglass. Or, maybe it's a lounge?

Jan 13th, 2017
Mike R
9.2

Second wine to post from weekend and needs more resting time but liked it as was big bold and beautiful - good and dependable - still smiling

Second wine to post from weekend and needs more resting time but liked it as was big bold and beautiful - good and dependable - still smiling

Dec 19th, 2016
Bryan Schmidt

Intense with soft elegant tannins

Intense with soft elegant tannins

Oct 7th, 2016