Bounding aromas of fresh vibrant fruit—black and Bing cherry, blackberries and pomegranate—mingle with elevated notes of roasted hazel nut and toasted vanilla bean to create an explosive and compelling aromatic. Layers of fruit, crossing a spectrum of red and black berries, incorporate the finest elements of blending Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Sirah (the "III" of HG III): Merlot for a supple and sleek mid palate texture; Cabernet for core structure and extended finish; and the "secret sauce" of Petit Sirah for depth and layering. An unmistakable hint of dark chocolate yields a richness that beautifully complements a bright, pure fruit character. The firm tannins of Cabernet provide just enough structure, while the mouthfeel driven by Merlot is decidedly lush and seductive. The blend finishes strong with expansive and lingering notes.
90 Points Wine Advocate - Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Hourglass H. G. III (a Merlot-heavy blend) has lovely spiced plums and kirsch scents with underlying notes of vanilla pod, chocolate and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, it gives appealing, pure black fruit flavors, with soft and plush tannins paving the long, spicy finish.