2013 Hourglass HGIII Red Wine
WINE: Hourglass Vineyard has become one of the baby cult wineries of Napa Valley today and their wines are extremely refined and sought after. This wine is made of a few high quality lots that simply do not fit the final blends of their single varietal wines.
PLACE: The estate is located in Calistoga at the most narrow stretch of Napa Valley, hence the name. A very dry, warm vintage, 2013's abnormally cool nights (a must for great vintages) allowed for development of phenolic compounds at levels winemaker, Tony Biagi, hasn't seen in his 20 years of winemaking. "By the end of harvest, I was convinced this was the best vintage I’d ever experienced," he says. "The cool nights preserved acidity and freshness, balanced by deep extraction of rich flavors - the best of both worlds.”
PAIRING: The age-old process of "hermitaging" in which Syrah (or, in this case, Petite Sirah) was added to the Grand Vins was employed which resulted in a deep, approachable, multi-layered wine with the lush and seductive mouthfeel of Merlot, structural framework of Cabernet Sauvignon, and depth and finish of Petite Sirah. The notes of rosemary, violets and plum in this wine will be a great pair for meats. Fancy up your next burger with this wine or enjoy with a nice cut of steak.
TAKEAWAY: This wine offers a ton of depth, flavor, and structure, which can be enjoyed immediately after pulling the cork, but it also has the capacity to age for 5-7 years.
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