Auction 23 | Lot No. 117
5 cases produced
- This is the first time Hourglass and Blueline Estate have crossed swords by blending this wine
- 50 Caliber is just that—50% Cabernet Sauvignon from Hourglass and 50% from Blueline Estate
- A contrast in styles with a tensional balance, complex and multi-layered with exquisite dimension
- We remain driven by the principles of terroir, so this may never happen again
Since the acquisition of the Blueline Estate 12 years ago, we have never crossed swords with Hourglass Estate. Our core identity has always been to feature varietal character, expressed differently by the varied terroir of each vineyard. But, what if they came together and we blended the estates? Our "50 Caliber" lot is just that - 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from Hourglass Estate and 50 percent from the Blueline Estate. This blend is a contrast in styles with a tensional balance - the dark and powerful black fruit of Blueline, structured and tamed by the elegance and red fruit of Hourglass; complex and multi-layered, with exquisite dimension. We remain driven by the principles of terroir, so this may never happen again.
A native Californian, Biagi has held a deep love of wine since a childhood visit to a friend’s winery in Lodi, California. He holds a degree in fermentation science from the University of California Davis and interned in winemaking at both Hess Collection and Dry Creek Vineyard. He joined Duckhorn Vineyards as an enologist under the guidance of Tom Rinaldi, honing his skills and rapidly graduating from assistant to full-time winemaker in three years. After a stint as winemaker at Neal Family Vineyards, he joined the Plumpjack Group as winemaker in 2003 and has overseen the winemaking at both Plumpjack and Cade Wineries until the present.
Country born: United States
Education: University of California Davis
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
My goal is to craft world-class wines that are distinctive in varietal character and sense of place.
Cliffewood Wine Syndicate
111 Center Street
Little Rock AR 72201-4405
Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection