2012 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1168255 92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Merlot Blueline is gorgeous. Ripe, racy and deeply expressive, the 2012 impresses for its balance and pure class. Sweet floral and spice notes add attractive overtones to a sexy Merlot built on pure 2012 vintage raciness. (AG)  (12/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 All of the 2012 Blue Line wines appear to have outstanding potential. With more saturated, inky color, oodles of ripe fruit, and fuller, more supple and complete personalities, they will be wines to drink in their first 12-15 years of life. Tony Biagi, who did some terrific work at the Plumpjack winery, has joined Jeff Smith at Hourglass winery where their goal is to keep the estate wines at a high level and upgrade the Blue Line part of the portfolio that emerges from further north in Calistoga. The Blue Line group of wines performed well, obviously with the 2011s less interesting than the 2012s, although, atypically, I did like the 2011 Merlot Blue Line better than the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Line and 2011 Cabernet Franc Blue Line. (RP)  (10/2013)

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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.

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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.