The aromatics are explosive – high-tone rose petals and toasted espresso beans lead into both red and dark cherry notes. The tension of the vintage can be felt on the palate immediately – a delicate balance of high natural acidity flowing into a rich dense mid-palate of silky soft tannins. Red fruit notes of pomegranate and red cherry intertwine with dark sour cherry, soft french plum, and a blackcurrant core. Savory notes of black olive, saddle leather, and cigar box frame the fruit tones providing a wonderful interwoven mouthfeel that continues to build into what seems like an everlasting finish.
94 James Suckling: An impressive red with crushed blackberries, blueberries, and cedar. Full-bodied, tight, and framed. Beautiful ripe fruit and spices. 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink or hold.
92 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: Deep garnet-purple colored and containing 5% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Hourglass Estate needs a little coaxing to reveal fragrant black currant cordial, plum preserves, and baked black cherries notions with hints of bay leaves, lavender, crushed rocks, and mossy tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is still pretty tightly wound, with a firm foundation of chewy tannins and loads of freshness curtailing the muscular fruit, finishing earthy.