Jeff Smith had the unique experience of growing up around many prominent families who transformed Napa Valley into a world-class wine region. From perspective, he noticed a shift in the early ‘90s toward small production, terroir driven, estate wines. Following his father’s lost battle to cancer, Jeff cut short his pursuit of a music career and returned home. He took a small four-acre family vineyard in St. Helena, replanted it to Cabernet, enlisted the help of winemaker friend Bob Foley and launched Hourglass. From the first 1997 release, Hourglass has evolved into one of Napa’s most esteemed Cabernets. In 2006, Jeff acquired the Blueline estate in the Calistoga appellation with the goal of finding a new site that could rival Hourglass Estate. In 2012, Jeff enlisted winemaker Tony Biagi to take the helm of winemaking.