2015 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1316443 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Merlot Blueline Estate gives pretty red and black cherry notes with a compelling spiciness in the undercurrent plus hints of potpourri and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with rounded tannins and just enough freshness, if finishes on an earthy note. (LPB)  (10/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 In 2015, the Merlot Blueline is ripe, juicy and powerful, which is to say very much in the style of the year. Today, the Merlot looks like it will drink well young. Some of the more distinctive savory notes this wine often shows have been baked out, but the silky tannins compensate. Jeff Smith and Tony Biagi have engineered quite a turnaround at Hourglass over these last few years. The bottled 2014s represent another strong vintage here, although the wines have tightened up quite a bit post bottling. I found the 2015s raw, backward and not fully formed, as was the case at a number of properties throughout the valley. That's not entirely surprising given that fermentations were very slow in 2015. (AG)  (10/2016)

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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.