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Hourglass Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot 2014 750ML 2014


SKU 20308


Explosive aromas of warm yeasty blackberry cobbler, Asian spice, and the telltale exotic Mandarin Orange peel define Blueline Merlot. The palate explodes with rich flavor and interweaves red (dark sour cherry and plum) and black fruits (blackberry) with intriguing notes of hoisin and a notable crushed stone minerality. Layered and very complex, the texture denotes classic silky Merlot suppleness. While this vintage offers a smoother delivery than the 2013, it possesses a firm spine in its structural core. The finish is rich and expansive, balanced against a band of refreshing acidity, the vibrancy of minerality yielding a wine of great contrast.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Calistoga
Brand Hourglass
  • agv91-94

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.

  • ws91

Wine SpectatorFocused and stylishly built, with cherry and crushed stone aromas, and complex flavors of red currant, dusty herb and mineral that linger toward ripe but firm tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016
  • wa86

Wine AdvocateAs for the Blueline Estate, the 2014 Merlot Blueline Estate offers up mocha, a touch of underbrush, soft tannin and a juicy, round, chocolaty, black cherry and blackcurrant flavors with a medium body. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016

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