Spottswoode Winemaker’s MUST HAVE White

Hourglass was created by Ned Smith in 1976, who loved making Zinfandel from this property.  In 1992 his son Jeff Smith took over the land and business and enlisted Robert Foley as his winemaker.  They started Hourglass 2.0. by making Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from this amazing property.  Jeff since purchased what is now the Blueline Vineyard as well.  Since the estate only produces a very small amount of SB some longterm contracts were signed as well.   As of a couple of years, Tony Biagi (formerly with Spottswoode) has taken over the reigns at the winery.

Hourglass 2016 “Estate” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Retail 46.00 – GGWC 43.99
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The 2016 Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of three contrasting vineyards and clones. The Larkmead Lane vineyard is on the same mineral rich alluvial gravel beds just down the street from our Blueline Estate. As such, this site elicits a vibrancy and stony minerality akin to the minerality expressed in our reds from Blueline. Crisp, tangy Granny Smith apple with overtones of tropical fruits are the hallmarks of the vineyard. By contrast the 57-year-old head trained vines of the Varozza vineyard in St. Helena yield intensely rich, pure fruit with a noticeable white peach character. In 2016 Hourglass added Semillon from the famed Gamble ranch in Yountville for more midpalate texture to balance the vibrancy of the crisp Larkmead fruit. Between these vineyards and three fermentation techniques (stainless steel, seasoned oak and new oak), we make up to 7 distinctly different wines, then blend them to create a complex and layered Sauvignon Blanc that is both vibrant and rich at the same time.

The addition of Semillon in 2016 adds an extra layer of dimension and complexity. Primary aromas of lemon and lime zest, orange blossom and Granny Smith apples are followed on the palate with flavors of limeade, cut hay, white peach, pineapple and vanilla bean. A noticeable wet stone minerality from the Larkmead fruit provides a wonderful counter balance and vibrant tension to the pure fruit expressions from the Varozza and Gamble vineyards.

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