Malbec

Name of varietal: Malbec

Common synonyms: Côt, Auxerrois, Pressac, Vesparo, Malbeck
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to France
 
History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French countryside (Janos Malbec-seed, perhaps?). But modern day oenologist Pierre Galet suggests that it was originally called “Côt” and Malbec may perhaps be a name given to it when it was grown in Burgundy. Regardless, the varietal was once one of the most popular grapes grown in France. However, it is very sensitive to frost and coulure (breaking apart), and after a particularly harsh winter in 1956, plantings of Malbec in France are now mostly limited to Southwest France, particularly in Cahors, and to the Medoc in Bordeaux, where it is a blending grape. 
 
Malbec has become the star red attraction in Argentina, where it is often produced in a lush, fruity style. Some parts of the country were resistant Read more »

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  • Bodegas Callia Syrah Malbec Bella 2014

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Franc Dusak Malbec Lake County 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection and a smooth one. Smooth number. Deep dark red purple in the glass. Opens with blueberry jam and baking yeast; then black currant and olive; finishes up with fig, ginger, and baking spices and a bit of strawberry/cherry preserves. Medium full in the mouthfeel with a long finish of earthy fruit and spice with ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Last entry for this week's activities:L to R - The 2014 Siduri Santa Lucia ... and the 2014 Tikal Patriota Malbec/Bonarda.AL - This is the brother to the Tikal Malbec/Syrah you had at your part Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • RCKR-The Tapiz get a lot of love down in my local market but it's not our ... ... style. Good point on the Malbec. I will track one down and try as it's been a long time.&nbs Read More

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  • Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2015

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    Wow - this was tremendous for the money spent. A solid body of dark cherry, plum and blackberry with pepper, mocha, chocolate and a little dirt. This are smooth and the acidity is well balanced - really, really good. Drink now - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always solid - this and their Merlot offer great QPR drinking at this level. Large dark berry fruits, red plum, chewy tannins and driving acidity make this an easy everyday drinking choice. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • The future of New Zealand wine is strong – both through local sales and, ... ... Veltliner, Argentinian Malbec are a few from a list that is at least one hundred strong, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir can be included in this collection. There’s no question that New Zealand produces fine wines. An increasing number of examples ... Read More

    From the article The Future of New Zealand Wine


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Rose 2016

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    60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation, less than 24 hours with skins on. Traditional French style. Light peach color. Floral nose. Lots of strawberry notes. A zesty crowd pleaser with a bright fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... chewy tannins, mocha. The malbec was floral, spicey with plenty of fruit.  Both are worth the money for every day drinking.Wines of the night from SA:Both from Chile.  The Montes Syrah open big and gamey, with good blackberry fruit, plum, forest floor, chocolate ... Read More

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  • I am trying to learn blind tasting. So far I'm looking to group together classic representative or varietally correct wines that have similar properties, so that I may learn how to tell the differences between them. What varietal wines do you think might present similarly to Malbec from Argentina? I'm new so Carmenere was my best guess. I'd lov...

    Comment by 1277765JenniferT 1277765 JenniferT


  • THis is the first Malbec I ever tried. I have tried others now but the Finca Los Primos Malbec is one of my favorites, not only because of the smooth taste but also the price is so fabulous that it is my staple on hand wine.

    Comment by 1029647Kimboe 1029647 Kimboe


  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour


  • justed had a taste of Malbec 2008, it paired well with our pasta dish

    Comment by 572455isomiii 572455 isomiii


  • I've just uploaded picture#4 in the 'Malbec' varietal profile. This is a Malbec grape from the 40 years-old vines in Cahors - the French Malbec!

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  • I absolutely cannot get enough of the FInca el Retiro Malbec 2004, but can't seem to find any lately. It is the best Malbec I have ever had! Simply delicious to the last drop. Ahhhh!

    Comment by 480607strofan23 480607 strofan23


  • one of the best and inexpensive Malbecs I have tried was 2006 MONTES... good quality for the price, even in Istanbul tURKEY where we pay tons of duty import and local taxes...!!!!

    Comment by 454743mesut 454743 mesut


  • Punto Final 2008. Luscious, luscious. I just love the jamminess at the front of every mouthful, the great body and the superbe finish. Then, repeat!

    Comment by 300941rosenkavalier 300941 rosenkavalier


  • Can you find Cabo De Hornos Melbec 2007 Gran Reserva?

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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