2015 Hourglass "Blueline Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

SKU #1330345 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate is more elegant, with a fresh, focused style to go with lots of blue fruits, graphite, cedar, and a hint of tobacco leaf. With a seamless, pure, nicely balanced, full-bodied style, it’s already drinking nicely yet is going to evolve gracefully as well.  (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Blueline Estate is scented of red currant jelly with mulberries and violets plus a chargrilled meat undercurrent and a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is well defined with a solid structure of chewy tannins and lively backbone supporting the muscular fruit, leading to a spicy finish. (LPB)  (10/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Franc is plush and inviting, with a striking interplay of Franc aromatics and pliant, resonant red-toned fruit. Silky tannins and soft contours give the 2015 much of its immediacy and sheer appeal. A dollop of Malbec rounds out the blend in this attractive wine from Hourglass. (AG)  (3/2018)

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Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.