Hourglass HG III Napa Valley Red Blend 2018 (6-Pack)

93 Jeb Dunnuck| 93 James Suckling | 92 Vinous | 91 Wine Advocate

“Deep ruby purple hue, followed by aromas of cassis and dark fruits and hints of earth and oak. On the palace it is full and impressive, with beautiful deep dark cassis, spice box, and dark chocolate notes. Tannins are ripe and solid, and the wine has a beautiful drive from start to finish. Grab some steaks or burgers, fire up the grill and enjoy this wine now (might decant it or open an hour ahead of time) and over the next 3-5 years ” Cheers! -Chris Cree MW, Cree Wine Company



Country: United States
Region: California, Napa Valley
Variety: Bordeaux Blend (Merlot, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon)
Terroir: bedrock soils
Winemaking: 16 months, combined of new and seasoned French oak

Hourglass Wine produced their first vintage in 1997 and for many years their entire production was from the single 4 acre Hourglass Vineyard just north of St. Helena. Today they own two vineyards – the original estate Hourglass Vineyard (purchased in 1975) and the Blueline Vineyard in the Calistoga sub appellation (purchased in 2006).
–Napa Wine Project

Jeb Dunnuck 93
Readers looking for an introduction to the wines from this great estate should check out the 2018 HG III, which is always a more Merlot-dominated blend. The 2018 reveals a deep purple/ruby hue to go with a juicy, endearing, up-front style that carries lots of blackcurrant and black cherry fruits, hints of chocolate, spice, and dried herbs, medium to full body, and a plush, sexy, yet beautifully balanced profile. It’s going to evolve for 15 years and is a rock-solid bottle of wine.

James Suckling 93
Very attractive blackberry and blueberry character with cedar and dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with tight, chewy tannins and enticing, transparent fruit underneath. Flavorful finish. Drink after 2022.

Vinous 92
The 2018 HG III is a delicious entry-level wine from Hourglass. Juicy dark cherry, spice, leather and cedar all run through this racy, open-knit Merlot-based blend. It’s easy to look past the HG III here given the level of the other wines, but that’s a mistake, as the 2018 is fabulous and a great value too.

Wine Advocate 91
The 2018 HG III is made from a blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with open-knit scents of plum preserves, stewed black cherries and boysenberries with hints of spice cake, cumin seed and aniseed. Medium-bodied, the palate is delicately played and refreshing, featuring loads of savory accents to the juicy black fruits, finishing softly textured and spicy.


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