Vibrant and vivid, the 2017 Blueline Estate Merlot opens with a panoply of exotic spice and fruit aromatics, illuminated by a pure, red-fruited core. The hallmark fragrance of mandarin orange peel, Chinese five spice, and tangy, dark sour cherry hover atop an undercurrent of brambly forest floor aromas. Across the palate, the vibrant red fruit shines, accented by cassis and hoisin notes. While supple and gracious in texture, Blueline’s mineral-rich soils add defined firmness to its structure and noticeable lift on the finish.
Hourglass Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750 ML
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The Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (BLCS) has benefited more from Tony Biagi’s deft winemaking skill than any wine in our portfolio. 2016 was the year it all came together for the Blueline Cabernet. Subtle changes in farming and winemaking since Tony’s first vintage in 2012, have resulted in a wine of incredible refinement, balancing power, delicacy and a layered complexity. Aromatically, the ’16 BLCS beckons with an intoxicating bright rose petal floral scent, intermingling with a stony graphite and a waterfall of red and black fruit aromas that transcend to the first palate impression. Dimension and layering is the nature of the ’16 BLCS with a complex weave of pure fruit flavors and the stripe of graphite carrying forward from the cascade of aromas, through the long finish. One can imagine the stony cobble of the Blueline Estate as it passes across the palate.