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Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot 2014 2015


SKU 20308


Merlot from the Blueline Estate continues to amaze us! The ashen soils of the upper bench of the estate where the Merlot is planted, are not typical of Merlot vineyards. Almost completely devoid of clay (very common for Merlot vineyards), these porous, mineral-rich, nutrient-poor soils provide incredible drainage that in turn yield spring water deficits and very small berries. These small berries translate to great concentration and firm tannins in the wines. The 2015 Merlot is dark and brooding, akin to the 2008 vintage. Yeasty blackberry cobbler, Asian spice, exotic Mandarin orange peel, and a touch of graphite defines its aromatics. Explosive, rich, dark very complex layers of delicious fruit evoke blackberry, sour cherry, crème de cassis and an intriguing note of Hoisin. The texture has a rounded suppleness, with a firm spine from its Cabernet component to tighten the structural core and add a trailing finish. The finish is long and expansive. Amazingly approachable now, this wine has the stuffing to age gracefully and could outrun common assertions of age-ability for Merlot. The 2015 Merlot should hit its peak in 2020-2022, and may be great for many years after.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Calistoga
Brand Hourglass
  • v91-94

Vinous The 2014 Merlot Blueline has turned out nicely. A bit more reticent than it was last year, the 2014 offers pretty aromatic nuance in its scents of tobacco, savory herbs and spice. Dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec add complexity throughout. This is an unusually subtle, nuanced Merlot long on class and personality.

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