The 2019 vintage for HGIII is a knockout – an unequivocal example of how this expansive, rich and deeply textured wine overdelivers. Tony’s ingenious blend, the core trio of varieties all offer distinction and harmony to the final blend: Merlot leads with finesse and approachability, Cabernet Sauvignon elevates with structure and polish, and Petite Syrah grounds the blend with gravitas and bass. With red and black currant forming the aromatic core, dried herb and fennel are their verdant, savory counterpart. A ripe juicy frame of dark sour and red cherry mingles with inky black cassis laced with fine streaks of dark Belgian chocolate. Undeniably approachable now, and yet with the structure, density, and complexity for great ageability.
Tony Biagi is a veteran Napa Valley winemaker with extensive experience at some of the Valley’s elite wineries, including Duckhorn, Paraduxx, Plumpjack, and Cade, of which he was Founding Winemaker, and now Hourglass. Aged 18-20 months in new and seasoned French oak, HGIII is Hourglass’ red blend second label produced exclusively from the Napa Valley. Biagi has made a name for himself with his critically acclaimed Hourglass wines, known for elegant tannin structure, rich mouthfeel, layers of silky textural depth and harmonious balance of richness and acidity. To quote: “I want my wines to be rich, but if that’s all they are they become one dimensional and monotonous,” he outlines. HGIII delivers a big, rich, powerful red blend, but always impeccably balanced. A real showstopper, even better with a good decant