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2008 Blueline Estate Merlot

2008 Blueline Estate Merlot

Winemaker
Bob Foley
Vintners
Jeff and Carolyn Smith
Partners
The Chilton and Clark Families
Vineyard Designation
Blueline Estate
Soil Series
Gravelly Cortina River Wash
Appellation
Calistoga, Napa Valley
Varietals
100% Merlot
Barrel Program
Aged 18 months in a blend of new and seasoned French oak

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Tasting Profile

The 2008 Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot is explosive and dense. Surprisingly, it has greater texture and weight than most Cabernets, ours included, yet it benefits from the brighter essences of Merlot to make this dark beauty sing. Its unique intensity is a product of mineral rich, nutrient poor soils, rendering a wine of deep concentration and vibrant, lifted aromatics. Toasted espresso and caramel notes accentuate aromas of flinty mineral and Mandarin orange zest, leading to an bounding, heady aromatic. The red sour cherry and tangy dried cranberry flavors typically associated with Hourglass Merlot give way to darker black fruits (cassis and blackberry) and mingle with caramelized spun sugar on the palate. Silky tannins and bright acidity provide the structure that frames the deep ripe flavors, leading to a beautifully layered and lingering finish. 2008 is an extraordinary vintage that will turn the heads of those who think Merlot lacks substance or intrigue. Will it age? You’ll never find out. 

~ Jeff Smith, January 2016

Other Vintages

2015 Blueline Estate Merlot
2014 Blueline Estate Merlot
2013 Blueline Estate Merlot
2012 Blueline Estate Merlot
2011 Blueline Estate Merlot
2010 Blueline Estate Merlot
2009 Blueline Estate Merlot
2007 Blueline Estate Merlot
2006 Blueline Estate Merlot