International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(15.1% alcohol; from vines in gravelly soil) Good full red. Liqueur-like redcurrant and spices on the nose, along with a note of candied violet and a whiff of caramel. Supersweet and high-toned, with a slightly porty character to its supple red fruit and milk chocolate flavors. I wanted a bit more energy. Finishes with dusty tannins and a slight edge of acidity. Blueline is a vineyard just south of Peterson Ranch (owned by the Petersons, who make Switchback) that Hourglass purchased in 2006; its 20 acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot were planted in 2001, 1991 and 1991, respectively. The new owners have already replanted some merlot to petit verdot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon.Author: Stephen Tanzer
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95A sheer pleasure to drink. Seductive creamy mocha oak runs through the aroma and flavor, but this wows you with ripe, firm, vibrant layers of dried currant, plum, spice and black cherry fruit. Ends with firm, ripe tannins.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92Another top-notch Cabernet Franc from Napa is the 2006 Cabernet Franc Blue Line. Subtle hints of bay leaf/menthol intermixed with blue fruits, dark raspberries, some subtle smoke and herbs are all present in this wine, which has complex aromatics, medium to full-bodied flavors, sweet tannins, and juicy, long, layered fruit flavors. This wine is showing well and can be drunk over the next 10-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 22 bottles owned
- 4 collectors