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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  • Enjoying a superb bottle of 2011 Malamado Malbec Fortified Wine (Port ;)  with a good friend....anyone who enjoys Port proper should find a bottle of this and give this Argentine Gem a whirl!! Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve Tupungato Valley 2013

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    Cherry and strawberry notes on the nose with tart berry notes. A slight green note on the attack leads into ripe cherry, cranberry and raspberry notes, licorice and zesty spice with notes of dark chocolate and mineral earth richness on the finish. Read More

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  • Domaine du Theron Malbec Cahors 2011

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    Dark and smoky red fruit aromas with minerality and salinity on the nose. Refreshing in the mouth, this shows good blueberry, cranberry and raspberry fruit notes with tart medicine notes and a stony almost briny finish with notes of earth, tar and leather. Read More

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  • Dusted Valley Malbec Columbia Valley 2013

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    Dark plum and fig aromas with candied strawberry and black cherry notes. Full of earthy baking spice on the palate, this is focused and full bodied with medicinal cherry and blackberry notes coming through towards the finish that ends with a floral note of raspberry and cherry compote. Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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  • Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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    Friggin' wonderful - full, chewy, dark berry fruits, pepper, chocolate, oak and forest floor all framed with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. This can sit for another 2-3 yrs but can be enjoyed now. 91 points Paul 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...

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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