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2008 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 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
Barrel Program
Aged 18 months in a blend of new and seasoned French oak

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Tasting Profile

Since 2005, we’ve noticed the Hourglass vineyard has achieved an optimal balancing point. The canopies evened out and the fruit matured in unison through our three different blocks.This was a 12 year evolution of roots burrowing through the site’s fractured bedrock, the intense rock slowing the process and making the vines struggle for water and resources in the earlier years. Since 2005, Hourglass has achieved remarkable consistency and the 2008 vintage is no different. Earth, black licorice, pomegranate, cassis, and mint interweave with tar, toasted espresso, pound cake, and brioche to elicit a dark haunting aromatic. Bright natural acidity, a hallmark of Hourglass, provides structure and lift with tangy red currant and sour cherry to balance the darker cassis fruit flavors. Seamless integration from start to finish is a function of polished ripe tannin, delivering a silky texture and lingering finish.  

Cellaring Potential

The 2008 has shown particularly well in recent tastings, with great balance and nuanced subtleties, leading us to think it will age with the grace of vintages like 2001 and 2005.  Though very enjoyable now, we believe it will continue to add layers of complexity over the next 10+ years. 

~ 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
2007 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 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