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Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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750ml
$109.95

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The Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (BLCS) has benefited more from Tony Biagi's deft winemaking skill than any wine in our portfolio. 2016 was the year it all came together for the Blueline Cabernet. Subtle changes in farming and winemaking since Tony's first vintage in 2012, have resulted in a wine of incredible refinement, balancing power, delicacy and a layered complexity. Aromatically, the '16 BLCS beckons with an intoxicating bright rose petal floral scent, intermingling with a stony graphite and a waterfall of red and black fruit aromas that transcend to the first palate impression. Dimension and layering is the nature of the '16 BLCS with a complex weave of pure fruit flavors and the stripe of graphite carrying forward from the cascade of aromas, through the long finish. One can imagine the stony cobble of the Blueline Estate as it passes across the palate. Finely pixelated tannins yield a refined texture that is just the right balance of silky sleekness to an appropriate level of grip for a long thoughtful finish. The purity and freshness of fruit is striking, with a complex interplay of dark black berry bramble and tangy dark sour cherry notes. Fresh vibrant acid yields a tensional balance against the rich saturated fruit flavors. Deep in complex flavors, yet vibrant. The structure of this wine is serious and provides the interlocking chemical web for long term cellaring. That said, Tony's mastery and refinement of tannin makes this wine compelling in its youth. It's your call if you want to enjoy it now, or cellar it for 20+ years. The 2016 Blueline Estate Cabernet is the culmination of 10 years of vineyard study at Blueline and Tony's mastery of the Estate. 2016 represents a watershed vintage for the Blueline Estate Cabernet.
Vinous
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline is so sensual, so elegant, and yet it has plenty of depth. Bright acids and underlying veins of tannin give shape to this super-refined, nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Moderate levels of ripeness and the personality of the long growing season really come through. The 2018 is one of the classiest wines I have ever tasted here. In a word: impressive.

Antonio Galloni, January 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2018 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate shows the classic, more focused, elegant - yet also concentrated - style of the vintage brilliantly. Sporting a dense purple hue as well as killer notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and noticeable minerality, it's medium to full-bodied and has terrific purity of fruit, plenty of tannins, and a great, great finish. It's tight, backward, and in need of 2-4 years of bottle age, but this classic, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

January 27, 2021
Wine Advocate
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A barrel sample made up of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and features flamboyant crushed black currants, wild blueberries, boysenberries and raspberry preserves notes plus touches of cedar chest, camphor, pencil lead and underbrush with a waft of potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has loads of taut, muscular fruit and a rugged framed of grainy tannins, finishing cedar-laced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2019