Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot '11

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Many 2011 Napa Valley wines suffered from an early harvest in order to protect them from a foggy summer, but Blueline Estate was protected from the fog and the grapes grown here had the chance to reach their peak under the careful watch of the viticulturists. The resulting Hourglass Blueline Estate Merlot '11 is an excellent wine and one of our Best Picks. This wine has notes of toasted vanilla, sour cherry, and spice, as well as the plum and blackberry that New World Merlot is known for. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. The Merlot grapes were blended with 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, which helps to make this a slightly more powerful Merlot than wines made entirely from this soft, supple grape.Rating: 4.75/5

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