Hope & Grace

Napa Valley Malbec

9.35 ratings
9.44 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Malbec
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

The final bottle to wrap up the night and the perfect progression to follow up the Cabernet. It’s really hard for me to say which bottle was better, the Regusci Angelo Vineyard or this Malbec from Winemaker Charles Hendricks? However, I would say this is the most, beautiful, elegant and polished Malbec I’ve had. It’s peaking but, still has a lot of life left in it. I can’t believe someone was willing to sell this bottle on Wine.com for $50. It was like committing robbery winning this auction.

The mouthfeel spectacular and gorgeous. Dark creamy currants, touch of pepper, sweet dark tarry round tannins, black licorice, mocha chocolate, well layered baking spices, subtle, savory meats, rich dark earth, soft leather, touch of tobacco, fragrant purple flower with beautiful lavender notes. The acidity perfect as was the long, elegant, well balanced, rich polished finish.

The final bottle to wrap up the night and the perfect progression to follow up the Cabernet. It’s really hard for me to say which bottle was better, the Regusci Angelo Vineyard or this Malbec from Winemaker Charles Hendricks? However, I would say this is the most, beautiful, elegant and polished Malbec I’ve had. It’s peaking but, still has a lot of life left in it. I can’t believe someone was willing to sell this bottle on Wine.com for $50. It was like committing robbery winning this auction.

The mouthfeel spectacular and gorgeous. Dark creamy currants, touch of pepper, sweet dark tarry round tannins, black licorice, mocha chocolate, well layered baking spices, subtle, savory meats, rich dark earth, soft leather, touch of tobacco, fragrant purple flower with beautiful lavender notes. The acidity perfect as was the long, elegant, well balanced, rich polished finish.

Dec 9th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

It's like drinking a slightly melted milk chocolate bar lightly infused with blackberries, dark cherries w/ a tary character, black raspberries, blueberries, Chinese plum sauce, a touch of dusty brown dry soil with crushed rocks, brittle dry florals, steeped black tea, anise, a slight touch of mint and or eucalyptus, fresh red roses, cinnamon and vanilla. It's finish is so lush, round, elegant, beautiful and long lasting that you forget it's Malbec. Thanks Chuck for making consistently the best Malbec's!!!

It's like drinking a slightly melted milk chocolate bar lightly infused with blackberries, dark cherries w/ a tary character, black raspberries, blueberries, Chinese plum sauce, a touch of dusty brown dry soil with crushed rocks, brittle dry florals, steeped black tea, anise, a slight touch of mint and or eucalyptus, fresh red roses, cinnamon and vanilla. It's finish is so lush, round, elegant, beautiful and long lasting that you forget it's Malbec. Thanks Chuck for making consistently the best Malbec's!!!

1 person found it helpfulNov 12th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Chuck Hendrick's is the Hope & Grace Winemaker. He also makes his own private label "Hendricks" wine sold through the Hope & Grace tasting room. Amazing private label Cabernet and Pinot. He also makes my favorite Malbec's; Hope & Grace and James Cole through 2014. They are pure beauty & elegance. The fruits are pure, ruby, elegant, ripe, reduced blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries, juicy strawberries, melted milk chocolate, light baking spices, rich moist dark turned earth, crushed brown volcanic minerals, liquid violets, used coffee grounds, perfect acidity, structure, balance, length and the finish is in the forget about it category! It's a liquid fruit milk chocolate bar.

Chuck Hendrick's is the Hope & Grace Winemaker. He also makes his own private label "Hendricks" wine sold through the Hope & Grace tasting room. Amazing private label Cabernet and Pinot. He also makes my favorite Malbec's; Hope & Grace and James Cole through 2014. They are pure beauty & elegance. The fruits are pure, ruby, elegant, ripe, reduced blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries, juicy strawberries, melted milk chocolate, light baking spices, rich moist dark turned earth, crushed brown volcanic minerals, liquid violets, used coffee grounds, perfect acidity, structure, balance, length and the finish is in the forget about it category! It's a liquid fruit milk chocolate bar.

Dec 22nd, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Dark black fruit cassis, ripe blue fruit, expresso roast, dry crushed rocks, an array of medium intensity minerals. All of them have long, smooth, elegant finished and are delicious.

Dark black fruit cassis, ripe blue fruit, expresso roast, dry crushed rocks, an array of medium intensity minerals. All of them have long, smooth, elegant finished and are delicious.

Feb 14th, 2016
Lauren Duda

Lauren had this 5 years ago

Lauren had this 5 years ago

Feb 15th, 2015