2006 Hourglass "Blueline" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet captures the full-bodied richness, power, finesse and grace of the grape, delivering an up-front, exotic display of ripe currant, blackberry, wild berry, plum, olive, cedar and spice, with an espresso finish that sails on and on. Drink now through 2018.
Shows lots of smoky woodspice on the nose, and then turns decadently rich in the mouth, with waves of cassis, dark chocolate and cedar, exotically spiced with anise, cardamom, cinnamon stick and black pepper. Despite the volume, this Cab is polished and elegant.
A softer and friendlier Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense nose of blackberries, mushrooms, and cedar. Full body, with soft tannins and a long finish. Rich and round. Very yummy already. Wait until after 2012 to pull the cork.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More tannic and closed was the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Line. This wine has outstanding ripeness, as most wines do in this vintage, but the tannins are elevated, the wine muscular, firm, and needing some time in bottle. This wine needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should last for 15 or more years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red-ruby. Complex nose offers plum syrup, smoke, mocha and chocolate. Fat and sweet, but with good ripe acidity keeping the flavors of plum, redcurrant and tobacco fresh. Finishes long, with ripe tannins arriving late. Deceptively tasteable today, this wine should really be kept for a few years. These vines are planted in a rocky canyon on well-drained, cobbly soil. (ST)