Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2018 | Virtually Perfect Napa Red
Cabernet Sauvignon hand-harvested off the Blueline vineyard, blended with Merlot and Petit Sirah. Hourglass HG III Red Blend 2018 presents a deeply saturated, vivid, and opaque raspberry color with a cherry red rim. The nose brings voluminous and ripe red cherry fruit, with warm baking spices reminiscent of Grandma’s pie. The palate is awash in black cherries, plums, vanilla, anise, and mocha, with splendid silky tannins and fresh acidity offering a sturdy frame. Long and lingering yet refreshing finish. Drink now – 2028.
There’s no press out on this one yet, and that’s a good thing. Jeb Dunnuck called last year’s HGIII “undeniably delicious,” and we’ve got the feeling that once the critics grab hold of this blockbuster from the spectacular 2018 vintage, the rush will be on. Get yours today, and start enjoying it right away.
Winemaker Tony Biagi | Golden era in Napa
Robert Parker’s affection for Hourglass winemaker Tony Biagi—“one of my favorite personalities in the valley” is etched on the Wine Advocate scoreboard. During his decade-long tenure at PlumpJack and Cade Biagi racked up an astonishing run of 99- and 98-point. While producing bottles that now retail for $300 to $800 per bottle. Hired away by standout Hourglass in 2012, Biagi is on fire yet again. And Parker is calling his efforts “virtually perfect”.
So, HGIII is Tony Biagi’s brainchild: He set about creating it from a handful of select barrels that were destined for Hourglass’s triple-digit-priced estate reds, and it’s built on a structure of Cabernet from the Blueline Vineyard. While this site, which is named for the two “blue-line” streams that run along its edges, lies a stone’s throw from the famed Switchback Ridge and Three Palms Vineyards, and is home to soils of fine river gravel and decomposed volcanic ash.
We don’t know a Napa Valley red that brings better value than this one. Sourced from the Blueline Vineyard that produces Hourglass’s marquee bottlings. Plus several Valley sites cultivated during Biagi and Smith’s 60+ combined years in Napa Valley. So, it’s got everything we want from a Napa Valley red—lush red fruit, profound depth, and serious structure. And whether it’s meant to drink young or spend a decade in the cellar.