Hourglass ‘BLUE LINE’ Merlot 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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Crafted by esteemed Winemaker Tony Biagi, the 2021 Blueline Estate Merlot from Hourglass is an embodiment of power and depth. A profound, dark intensity characterizes this vintage, revealing an intriguing fusion of aromas. Ripe dark plum and red cherry aromas entwine with savory hints of black olive tapenade, hoisin, mandarin orange peel, and herbal undertones, creating an intricate sensory journey. As the tasting experience unfolds, the fruit evolves, growing richer and more profound, culminating in notes of black sour cherry and crème de cassis. This seamless journey is marked by a rich texture that seamlessly balances the wine’s expansiveness with natural acidity, supple tannins, and the vibrant minerality distinctive to Hourglass’ Blueline Estate.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck awards the 2021 Merlot Blueline Estate an impressive 95 points, lauding its plush, rounded, and supple character. Dunnuck highlights the wine’s decadent style, showcasing classic ripe black cherry and currant flavors with a satisfying mid-palate density. Ripe tannins complement the background notes of chocolaty oak and tobacco, ensuring immediate enjoyment upon opening. This vintage exemplifies Hourglass’ commitment to producing exceptional wines that resonate with both critics and enthusiasts alike.

Weight 3.5 lbs


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Critical Acclaim

JD 95

Jeb Dunnuck

Including 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec, the 2021 Merlot Blueline Estate has a plush, rounded, supple, even decadent style that offers classic ripe black cherry and currant fruits, good mid-palate density, ripe tannins, and some background chocolaty oak and tobacco. It's beautifully done and will offer pleasure right out of the gate.

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Hourglass Wines
Nestled within the scenic expanse of Napa Valley, Hourglass Wines is a boutique winery renowned for its exclusive production of Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in the 1990s by Jeff Smith, the winery's roots trace back to a vineyard originally cultivated by his father Ned in the 1970s. Situated in the St. Helena AVA, the esteemed Hourglass Vineyard, spanning 5 acres (2 hectares), underwent a transformation with the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1992, replacing the ailing Zinfandel vines due to the spread of phylloxera. In a notable expansion in 2006, the acquisition of the 22-acre (9 hectares) Blueline Vineyard in Calistoga broadened their repertoire to encompass Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and most recently, Sauvignon Blanc, alongside their signature...check our brand Hourglass
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Winemaker of Hourglass 'BLUE LINE' Merlot 2021

Tony Biagi

Tony Biagi

Northern California's celebrated winemaker Tony Biagi, hailing from a lineage deeply rooted in winemaking, boasts a remarkable career spanning over a quarter-century. With an impressive trajectory encompassing esteemed estates such as Plumpjack Estate, CADE Estate, Duckhorn Vineyards, and Sinegal Estate Winery, Tony assumed the leadership at Hourglass in 2012. Revered for his profound grasp of grape phenolics and adept blending finesse, he marries contemporary techniques with a nod to tradition, earning admiration from both connoisseurs and industry peers. In a defining moment, acclaimed wine critic Antonio Galloni crowned him Winemaker of the Year in 2020, affirming his exceptional prowess. Presently collaborating with longtime friend Andy Erickson, Tony oversees the crafting of the 2022... More Products
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Nestled an hour north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley AVA is acclaimed as a top-tier wine destination in the New World. This prestigious region, stretching 35 miles from southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, is home to some of the most esteemed vineyards globally. A scenic drive from Napa to Calistoga unveils the valley's viticultural gems, making it the best place to stay in Napa Valley for those seeking picturesque landscapes. In 1981, Napa Valley AVA earned the distinguished title of being California’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA), a testament to its esteemed position in the wine world. In Napa Valley's early winemaking days, vineyards displayed a mosaic of various grape... ...Check Region for more information

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