2006 Hourglass "Blueline" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1043250 93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully focused and elegant, yet complex, showing vivid black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas, with richly layered currant, herb and spice flavors that finish with ripe but firm tannins.  (4/2009)

92 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers looking for a soft, richly fruity, mocha and coffee-infused wine with oodles of berry fruit should check out the 2006 Merlot Blue Line. This wine is hedonistic and luscious, with plenty of Merlot typicity, medium to full body, and a soft, silky-textured finish. (RP)  (12/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Aromatic nose combines redcurrant, plum and tobacco. Sweet, supple and moderately dense, with good definition and lift to the flavors of dark berries, plum and chocolate. A rather lush Merlot that finishes nicely persistent, with substantial sweet, melting tannins. The first release under this label.  (6/2009)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very big and smoky, an impressive young Merlot that grabs you by the collar and shakes you. Made by the veteran Robert Foley, it’s in his style, a ripe, powerful wine exuding massive flavors of black cherries, cassis and chocolate.  (6/2009)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.