To say Tony Biagi is a Robert Parker Darling is an understatement. During his tenure at Plumpjack, CADE, et al) Parker rained down a tirade of 98 and 99 point scores on Tony’s wines – easily justifying the $300 to $800 price tags.
His 2012 departure for Hourglass was felt throughout the valley with many unsure about the future. Those doubts have been squashed now, as critics have continued to rave, with last year’s Cab returning Tony to the rarefied air of 98 points yet again.
Now that Vinous Media named Tony Biagi their winemaker of year in 2020 – the cat is completely out of the bag and one of the drop dead best values in all of Napa has steadily risen in price, now a well-deserved $50 a bottle. Still a steal for one of the drop dead best values in all of Napa.
Inviting aromas of cocoa, creme de cassis and dark fruits with a hint of oak. It’s a full-bodied grippy Cab blend with rich dark chocolate notes that blend nicely with black cherries and figs. The tannins are ripe and solid, and the wine has a beautiful drive from start to finish. This is perfect for grilling season or more serious cuisine– both in play at this amazing price.
And while there are only 10 cases to spread around, there was one pleasant surprise. During our trip down memory lane – Tony & Team decided to roll back the clock and give us the original release price.
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93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Readers looking for an introduction to the wines from this great estate should check out the 2018 HG III, which is always a more Merlot-dominated blend. The 2018 reveals a deep purple/ruby hue to go with a juicy, endearing, up-front style that carries lots of blackcurrant and black cherry fruits, hints of chocolate, spice, and dried herbs, medium to full body, and a plush, sexy, yet beautifully balanced profile. It’s going to evolve for 15 years and is a rock-solid bottle of wine.
93 Points, James Suckling
Very attractive blackberry and blueberry character with cedar and dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with tight, chewy tannins and enticing, transparent fruit underneath. Flavorful finish. Drink after 2022.
92 Points, Vinous
The 2018 HG III is a delicious entry-level wine from Hourglass. Juicy dark cherry, spice, leather and cedar all run through this racy, open-knit Merlot-based blend. It’s easy to look past the HG III here given the level of the other wines, but that’s a mistake, as the 2018 is fabulous and a great value too.
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