2001 Hourglass - Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

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2001 Hourglass - Cabernet Sauvignon

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International Wine Cellar | 91

($90) Good full medium ruby. High-pitched aromas of violet, mint and bitter chocolate, with a hint of eucalyptus. Fat and sweet on entry, then quite lively in the middle, with distinctly rocky flavors of blackberry, shoe polish and black licorice, plus a whiff of fennel. From vines planted in 1992 on a southeast-facing knoll rich in boulders and shale; the fruit used to be sold to Duckhorn. Strong on personality. (The 2002 version, with its superripe aromas of cassis, graphite and spice cake and its liqueur-like concentration of fruit, should be at least as successful as the 2001.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 94

A beautiful opaque purple color is accompanied by equally attractive notes of spring flowers, charcoal, creme de cassis and blueberry liqueur. Richly fruity, pure, full-bodied and layered, this voluptuously textured, dramatic, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon needs 2-4 more years of cellaring to hit its prime and should keep for two decades thereafter.

Drink Dates: 2012-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 90

Remarkably complex, dark, dense and concentrated, with layers of currant, blackberry, mocha, cedar and spice. This wine delivers pure, rich flavors; rugged, firm, rich and earthy tannins give it character. 750 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2010
Author: James Laube


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Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 94
Author: npayab
Tasted On: 08/03/2013
Score: 95
Author: Victor
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/24/2009
Score: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2011
From a four-acre vineyard planted in 1992, the 2001 Hourglass is a deep nearly opaque black cherry red with a few moderately thick legs with considerable pigmentation. Open and airy with roasted plum, cherry, eucalyptus/mint (a few eucalyptus trees abut the vineyard and if one believes their impact on Marth's Vineyard then they are the source for this wine?s characteristic too), and dark oak scents. Excellent acidity and silky tannin allayed with concentrated but not one-dimensional fruit. The wine finishes long with a pleasing softness that is lacking in some 2001s (and is the only aspect of the vintage as a whole that gives me pause). Bob Foley has been the winemaker for this project since 1997, the first vintage commercially released. 100% Cabernet aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak for 18 to 20 months.
More Vintages and Sizes of Hourglass - Cabernet Sauvignon:

2010 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (1.5L)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


Proprietor Jeff Smith has developed Hourglass Cabernet into one of the most anticipated releases each year since its debut in 1997. Winemaker (and Jeff's fellow band mate) Bob Foley gets the most out of this vineyard, named for its location at the narrowest point of the Napa Valley, just north of St. Helena. Production is consistently under 1000 cases.

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