The stylistic goal of Hourglass is to achieve a seamless balance of fruit concentration with the elegance of more subtle nuances driven by its terroir. Drawing from its Napa Valley origin, Hourglass has a forward depth of fruit, yet is not a "fruit bomb". Saturated mid-palate texture is again balanced by lively acidity, which rolls into a refined finish. Moderately high alcohol is balanced against integrated sweet oak, and depth of fruit. Aromatics play as important a role as texture, or flavor. Nuances of black licorice, mint, eucalyptus, earth, coffee/toffee, crème-de-cassis, and pomegranate, blend back and forth between aroma, and taste.
Wine AdvocateThe lush, exuberant, round 2007 Merlot Blueline does not have the complexity of the Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon, but it offers pretty notes of coffee, mocha, herbs, and chocolate intertwined with abundant berry fruit. Consume it over the next decade.