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 purchased what is now the Blueline Vineyard as well. As of a couple of years, Tony Biagi (formerly with Spottswoode) has taken over the winemaking reins at the winery.
Hourglass HG III 2017 Estate Napa Valley
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The Hourglass HG III is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. It offers up a deep purple-black color that opens with notions of warm black plums, mulberries and Black Forest cake with touches of fallen leaves, baking spices and hoisin plus a waft of wild sage. The wine is full-bodied with loads of spiced plums flavors on offer in the mouth, it has a plush texture and long, spicy finish
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points: “Moving to the barrel samples, the 2017 HG3 is a fruity, forward, total charmer that gives up medium to full-bodied notes of blue and black fruits and leafy herbs. It’s well-made and already hard to resist, yet I suspect it will keep for more than a decade.”
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