(2004 Vintage) 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, read more...and pomegranate, blend back and forth between aroma, and taste. (hide)
International Wine CellarRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 120, May/June 2005 ($110) Saturated red-ruby color. Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of candied berries, iron, fennel and black licorice. Sweet, thick flavors of currant, blackberry and licorice. A big, rich, youthfully aggressive wine that needs a year or two to harmonize. Finishes with ripe, dusty, very broad tannins that coat the palate. From a vineyard just off the valley floor, planted on fractured shale ov...
Robert ParkerRating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 157
Wine AdvocateRating: 98/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator