Earth, black licorice, pomegranate, cassis and mint weave with toasted espresso and caramelized brown sugar to elicit a dark haunting aromatic. Brooding and dark in aroma, the wine comes alive on the palate. Bright, natural acidity (a hallmark of Hourglass) provides structure and lift to the darker cassis and deep, black fruit flavors. Seamless integration from start to finish is a function of polished ripe tannin, which delivers a silky texture and lingering finish.
Decanting for several hours can dramatically open up the aromatics and provide deeper layers of concentration on the palate.
"Fragrant floral, black licorice and fresh earth flavors are full bodied, with touches of bay leaf. Delicate at first, yet builds intensity and depth, ending with a long, full finish, where the tannins turn chewy. Best from 2012 through 2020. 700 cases made."
"The flagship offering from a 4-acre parcel, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a 650-cases, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon offering an excellent opaque ruby/purple color as well as abundant aromas of camphor, creme de cassis, subtle smoke and graphite characteristics. Full-bodied, rich, dense and concentrated with some tannins still to shed, it should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
The Wine Advocate