There are names that amount to guarantees of quality. And then there are names that amount to guarantees of greatness.

The name Paul Hobbs is among the few you can put in that rarefied latter group

A consultant arguably without rival, he was instrumental to the success of Mondavi's Opus One and Robert Parker twice named him Wine Personality of the Year. And his foundational work with Nicolas Catena Zapata is widely credited with helping to put Argentine winemaking on the map.

It is in no small part because of Hobbs that we pounced on the opportunity to acquire this 99-point beauty from Viña Cobos, their 2018 Chanares Estate Malbec.

And then we had the privilege of opening a bottle and tasting it for ourselves — the privilege of giving ourselves over to a wine of deep craftsmanship, character, and soul.

It's not often you come across a wine of this pedigree and performance for under three figures — so we couldn't be more thrilled to be able to make it available to our Concierge Family for a best price of under $90 a bottle!

When we think of Malbec, many of us automatically think of Argentina. More specifically, of Mendoza, where some of the finest Malbecs are produced. But even more specifically, for many of us: of Viña Cobos, whose Malbecs are of an entirely different order of expression, with a degree of refinement that few estates in Mendoza, Argentina, or, really, the New World can match.

James Suckling was just as taken as we were by its depth and dimension. In a review posted earlier this year, he waxed on about its "density and richness ... framed with beautiful, round and polished tannins and a seamless texture. … Goes on for minutes."

If you're accustomed to Malbecs of heft and spice, Hobbs's may surprise you. More fruit-forward and with softer tannins, his Malbecs are striking for their finesse and agility, without losing any of their density and size.

And this one is among the best he has ever crafted in Mendoza, a wine of great opulence, concentration, and structure. 

Suckling recommended opening it after 2026, but was quick to note that it is "already great."

A wine of power, finesse, length, and maturity, that you can open right away? In our book, that's a wine to buy by the case. Act now to secure yours!


*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2022 (Dec. 21, 2022 - Mar. 21, 2023). With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NM, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, November 21, 2022.

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