Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - 750ml

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96pts Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a Bordeaux-like effort that has rocking levels of minerality as well as spiced red fruits, dried herbs, and loamy earth on both the nose and palate. It’s another powerful, full-bodied wine from winemaker Biagi that has fine tannins, terrific balance, and the structure to drink well for 20-25 years. This cuvee is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, all aged in new French oak.

94pts James Suckling

An impressive red with crushed blackberries, blueberries and cedar. Full-bodied, tight and framed. Beautiful ripe fruit and spices. 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot. Drink or hold.

92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple colored and containing 5% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Hourglass Estate needs a little coaxing to reveal fragrant black currant cordial, plum preserves and baked black cherries notions with hints of bay leaves, lavender, crushed rocks and mossy tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is still pretty tightly wound, with a firm foundation of chewy tannins and loads of freshness curtailing the muscular fruit, finishing earthy.  Rating: 92+

 

Winemaker Notes

The aromatics are explosive – high-tone rose petals and toasted espresso beans lead into both red and dark cherry notes. The tension of the vintage can be felt on the palate immediately – a delicate balance of high natural acidity flowing into a rich dense mid palate of silky soft tannins. Red fruit notes of pomegranate and red cherry intertwine with dark sour cherry, soft french plum, and a blackcurrant core. Savory notes of black olive, saddle leather and cigar box frame the fruit tones providing a wonderful interwoven mouthfeel which continues to build into what seems like an everlasting finish.