2006 Hourglass "Blueline" Napa Valley Merlot
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.