My husband and I were strolling through Yountville after enjoying a great meal at Bouchon and we ran across Hope and Grace’s tasting room. The place was beautifully adorned with artwork so we decided to browse around and give their wines a try. Cindy was kind enough to give us a brief history of Hope and Grace and introduce us to their wine collection. The winemaker, Charles Hendricks, had worked with many wineries in Napa and Sonoma before decided to start Hope and Grace (which he named after his daughter). He still consults for other wineries but has been able to develop some great wines for himself. The tasting fee was $10 for the regular releases and $20 for the limited releases) We really enjoyed their reds, in particular the 2008 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and the 2007 Malbec from Oakville.
This past weekend we decided to open the Santa Lucia Pinot Noir with some friends. The wine gives off aromas of berries and cherries with some notes of spices. The wine pours a medium to medium light red and has a 14.2% alcohol content. The berries and cherry are also noted in the taste, but it is a very well balanced pinot so the fruit is not overwhelming or too sweet. The wine finished smooth and silky. It is really a wonderful pinot and was priced well at $46. Everyone tasting really enjoyed the wine.
If you happen to be in Yountville, definitely stop by the tasting room. You can sip on fantastic wine while enjoying their wonderful displays of art. I hope to make a visit up their soon so I can review some of their other vintages!