2019 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon
2019 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon “Composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a deep purple-black color. It confidently strides out of the glass with classic cassis, plum preserves and cedar chest notes with hints of violets, graphite, unsmoked cigars and incense. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, offering a firm foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and a lively backbone to support the finely nuanced layers, finishing very long and mineral laced. 98pts WA
“The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is another fabulous wine in this range from Hourglass. It possesses tremendous depth and gravitas. Dark fruit, graphite, spice, chocolate and new leather all build as this potent, extroverted wine shows off its personality. St. Helena’s Northern Corridor is famous for big, dramatic Cabernets. The Hourglass Cabernet is a terrific example. I loved the 2019 from barrel and am every bit as enthusiastic today. What a wine!” 98pts Vinous
Hourglass is making some of the finest Cabernet coming out of Napa and their Estate Cabernet has reached stratosphere status. The 2019 vintage for Napa is a definite buy!
From Napa Vintners; “All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and ample texture promises an amazing vintage.”
“This is turning out to be a near perfect harvest,” emailed Dan Petroski of Larkmead Vineyards in Calistoga. “An excellent vintage that will make wines with great structure.” Bloomberg
Galloni of Vinous comments; “the 2019s I have tasted so far are fabulous. The wines feel like they have a little more energy, power and depth than the 2018s”
Now I have a tiny amount of the 2019 Hourglass Estate Cabernet to offer you. The wine got massive 98pts by Parker’s WA and 98pts by Vinous. I happened to be in Fort Lauderdale two weeks ago and a friend of mine had recently visited Hourglass and we were able to taste this wine and I can tell you its as close to perfection as it gets. The property dates back to 1976, eventually purchased in 1992 by Jeff Smith, son of the original owner Ned Smith. In 1992, Jeff enlisted his family friend Bob Foley as the force behind his new venture. Bob is an absolute rock star, and his wines are some of Napa’s most sought after cult bottlings, including Robert Foley Vineyards, School House, Paloma, Pride Mountain, and Switchback Ridge, which neighbors Hourglass. Today Bob is assisted by Tony Biaggi who was previously winemaker at Plumpjack and Cade. The vineyard is about a dozen acres and neighbors Colgin’s Tychson Hill Vineyard off Route 29 north of St. Helena. As good as Cab gets!