Hope & Grace

Napa Valley Malbec

9.210 ratings
9.31 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Malbec
Tomato-Based, Beef, Potato, Venison, White Rice, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Pasta, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

If you haven't had one of Charles Hendrick's Malbec's, you should. For many, I am confident that if you didn't think much of 100% Malbec's, Charles Malbec's from Hope & Grace and James Cole 2014 and prior would change all your apprehensions about Malbec. They drink well young and better yet with some bottle age. I've tasted 07-13 at the same tasting and none have disappointed. Although, those that have had time to bloom in the bottle have surpassed the younger vintages. They are soft, elegant with ripe fruits, mocha chocolate powder, red fresh roses, liquid violets, light earth, beautiful acidity with a well polished finish. Photos of their tasting room in the center town of Yountville, vineyard grapes and one of my favorite paintings in their tasting room. There is another high above their tasting bar that is even better than the one in this photo. I'd quote what's in the painting but I might not get it exactly correct. It's something to the effect of "Time is the Greatest Teacher but unfortunately it consumes/kills all it's Pupils."

If you haven't had one of Charles Hendrick's Malbec's, you should. For many, I am confident that if you didn't think much of 100% Malbec's, Charles Malbec's from Hope & Grace and James Cole 2014 and prior would change all your apprehensions about Malbec. They drink well young and better yet with some bottle age. I've tasted 07-13 at the same tasting and none have disappointed. Although, those that have had time to bloom in the bottle have surpassed the younger vintages. They are soft, elegant with ripe fruits, mocha chocolate powder, red fresh roses, liquid violets, light earth, beautiful acidity with a well polished finish. Photos of their tasting room in the center town of Yountville, vineyard grapes and one of my favorite paintings in their tasting room. There is another high above their tasting bar that is even better than the one in this photo. I'd quote what's in the painting but I might not get it exactly correct. It's something to the effect of "Time is the Greatest Teacher but unfortunately it consumes/kills all it's Pupils."

May 21st, 2017
Yuki Watanabe

Deep ruby, ripe fruits takes you to a wonderful weekend feeling. Medium body, pair with solid meal

Deep ruby, ripe fruits takes you to a wonderful weekend feeling. Medium body, pair with solid meal

Jan 27th, 2019
Eric Shanks

This guy doesn’t miss, and I love his offbeat varietals. This is chocolaty smooth charred raspberries. Nice medium body. Ready after a double decant and 20 minutes.

This guy doesn’t miss, and I love his offbeat varietals. This is chocolaty smooth charred raspberries. Nice medium body. Ready after a double decant and 20 minutes.

Sep 10th, 2018
Eric Shanks

This guy doesn’t miss, and I love his offbeat varietals. This is chocolaty smooth charred raspberries. Nice medium body. Ready after a double decant and 20 minutes.

This guy doesn’t miss, and I love his offbeat varietals. This is chocolaty smooth charred raspberries. Nice medium body. Ready after a double decant and 20 minutes.

Sep 9th, 2018
sasha

$72 balboa. fruit tannins good rep

$72 balboa. fruit tannins good rep

Aug 30th, 2018
Eric Shanks

One of the best Malbec’s I recall ever having. Bright red fruit and dry tobacco. Excellent food wine. Terrific.

One of the best Malbec’s I recall ever having. Bright red fruit and dry tobacco. Excellent food wine. Terrific.

Apr 4th, 2018
Brian Carnahan

Brian had this 6 months ago

Brian had this 6 months ago

Feb 24th, 2019
Matt Harper

Matt had this 9 months ago

Matt had this 9 months ago

Nov 10th, 2018
Stuart Scheff

Stuart had this a year ago

Stuart had this a year ago

Jul 21st, 2018
Kristi S.

Kristi had this 2 years ago

Kristi had this 2 years ago

Feb 4th, 2018