Hourglass 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Blue Line (MAGNUM)


Hourglass 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Blue Line (MAGNUM)

Winemaker's Notes:

Blueline Vineyard lies in a warm pocket of the Valley near Calistoga. The vineyard’s Bordeaux varieties benefit from the extra warmth here, especially Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, which traditionally thrive in warmer climes where the sun can overcome the plant's propensity for vegetal characteristics. In viticulture, the accumulation of heat over time is referred to as “growing degree days,” and the eastern side of the Calistoga appellation generally has a higher count than other Napa subappellations. The accumulation of heat builds phenolic maturity in grape skins and seeds, eventually leading to deep, explosive flavors in wine.

As a product of this environment, Blueline wines develop deeply concentrated fruit characteristics in a range of dark red (dark sour cherry, dried cranberry, candied raspberry in Merlot) to black fruit (blackberry, cassis, and fig in Cabernet and Cabernet Franc). The density of these wines is intense, with explosive flavors and lingering finishes—what we like to call wide, mouth-coating yum! The unique riverbed soils deliver a spicy aromatic and a mineral laced zesty brightness to balance the deep fruit concentration. The layers and complexity can all be traced back to Blueline Vineyard’s terroir: the inimitable mix of geography and climate that have converged here, putting its indelible stamp on the personality of our wines.

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  • Vintage: 2010
  • Winery: Hourglass

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