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2004 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker
Bob Foley
Vintners
Jeff and Carolyn Smith
Partners
The Chilton and Clark Families
Vineyard Designation
Hourglass Estate
Soil Series
Hambright and Fractured Bedrock
Appellation
St. Helena, Napa Valley
Varietals
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Current Vintage Notes

The 2004 vintage was warm with punctuated heat spikes. While not our favored farming conditions for long-term aging capability, this type of growing year can produce interesting wines with youthful power. This was a vintage where it was difficult to hold acidity late into the season and sugars were more elevated as a result of the heat, leading to slightly higher alcohols.   

Tasting Profile

The ‘04 upon release was texturally very sleek and sexy with loads of black fruit and a wide mouthfeel. The aromatics were more in the blue and back fruit spectrum rather than the usual mint, anise, and floral notes associated with Hourglass. Slightly higher alcohols in the high 14% (Hourglass is typically in the low 14%) and lower acids contributed to a “sweeter” fruit component that made the wine very dramatic in its youth. Alas, lower acids pushed the flavors squarely in the black fruit camp (blackberry) and did not contribute the normal yin/yang of tangy red and black fruits that are characteristic of the vineyard. The most recent tasting showed that the ‘04 has likely seen better days as a young wine. The aromatics were more dried fruit and candied cranberry than the exotic cedar, tobacco, and mint of other older vintages. The mouthfeel is still round with some fruit “baby fat,” but the finish is shorter than older vintages of Hourglass and with fewer layers. Enjoyable, but not profound.   

Cellaring Potential

As noted, the low acid and bigger black fruit and alcohol of this vintage lead us to believe its best drinking days are now behind the vintage. Though still a pleasant wine, our recommendation is to drink now, as it will probably not improve with age. 

~ Jeff Smith, January 2016

Other Vintages

2015 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2000 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon