2016 HOURGLASS "HG III" NAPA VALLEY RED BLEND
Winemaker's Notes: The 2015 HG III follows the characteristics of the vintage with its rich opulence. Approachable at the pull of the cork, explosive aromas of black cherry, blackberries and Hoisin mingle with elevated notes of roasted hazelnut and cedar for a seductive perfume. The sensation of blackberry jam, ripe plum and cola nut carry forward on the palate with a mouth coating depth and trailing finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a cadre of Italian Mixed Blacks represent the “III” of HG III: Merlot for a sleek and supple mid-palate, Cabernet for core structure and extended finish, and a secret sauce from the Mixed Blacks for depth and layering. An unmistakable hint of dark chocolate yields a richness that complements the pure black fruit character, while the mouthfeel is decidedly lush.The blend finishes strong with expansive, lingering notes.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Hourglass H. G. III (a Merlot-heavy blend) has lovely spiced plums and kirsch scents with underlying notes of vanilla pod, chocolate and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, it gives appealing, pure black fruit flavors, with soft and plush tannins paving the long, spicy finish." (LPB, 10/2017)
90 points Vinous: "The 2015 HG III is an attractive entry-level wine from Hourglass. This Merlot-based red is supple and forward, both of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years, while the red berry fruit remains fresh." (AG, 03/2018)
Tony Biagi is a veteran Napa Valley winemaker with extensive experience at some of the Valley's elite wineries, including Duckhorn, Paraduxx, Plumpjack, and Cade, of which he was Founding Winemaker, and now Hourglass. Aged 18-20 months in new and seasoned French oak, HGIII is Hourglass' red blend second label produced exclusively from the Napa Valley. Biagi has made a name for himself with his critically acclaimed Hourglass wines, known for elegant tannin structure, rich mouthfeel, layers of silky textural depth and harmonious balance of richness and acidity. To quote: “I want my wines to be rich, but if that’s all they are they become one dimensional and monotonous,” he outlines. HGIII delivers a big, rich, powerful red blend, but always impeccably balanced. A real showstopper, even better with a good decant.
Jeb Dunnuck: "Anthony (or Tony as he’s more widely called) is a sixth generation Californian whose first memories of wine go back to his father making small amounts of wine in his garage. Earning a degree in Fermentation Sciences form U.C. Davis in 1995, Tony worked for numerous well-known estates before joining the Hourglass team in 2012. He created his own Patria label in 2013."
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