The 2015 HG III follows the characteristics of the vintage with its rich opulence. Approachable at the pull of the cork, explosive aromas of black cherry, blackberries and Hoisin mingle with elevated notes of roasted hazelnut and cedar for a seductive perfume. The sensation of blackberry jam, ripe plum and cola nut carry forward on the palate with a mouth coating depth and trailing finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a cadre of Italian Mixed Blacks represent the "III" of HG III: Merlot for a sleek and supple mid-palate, Cabernet for core structure and extended finish, and a secret sauce from the Mixed Blacks for depth and layering. An unmistakable hint of dark chocolate yields a richness that complements the pure black fruit character, while the mouthfeel is decidedly lush.The blend finishes strong with expansive, lingering notes.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Proprietary Red Hourglass H. G. III is essentially the same blend as the 2104, but Tony Biagi said there might be slightly more Merlot. The wine looks similar in quality, but might have slightly more tannin and seemed more tightly knit, although it has that wonderful sweetness of fruit that 2015 provides. Both are meant to be drunk over the next 3-4 years.