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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  • We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the ... Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec. Italian Sausage and Grapes on a StickMakes 8 (recipe can easily be doubled) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil4 sweet Italian sausages2 cups seedless red or green grapes Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and cook the sausages until ... Read More

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  • The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner ... this category, a pair of malbecs added spice to the category. “Having both an Argentine malbec and a Langhorne Creek malbec in the top awards makes for an interesting comparison for fans of this underrated variety.” Two wineries took home all four awards in the “Fortified Wines... Read More

    From the article The Taste of Victory: Sydney Wine Competition To Feature Winner Tastings

  • Cigar Box Reserve Hand Harvested Malbec 2013


    Fruity, soft, mildly tannic. Notes of cherries, vanilla, and spices. Very good for the price. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67

  • Georges Vigouroux Cahors le Gouleyant 2013


    Nice smooth wine. Not much to the nose but a nice finish. Perhaps will try with a decanter next time. Read More

    Wine review by dylanjmcdonald

  • Buoncristiani O.P.C. Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine 2010


    Brooding dark color. Woody, earthy nose. Cabernet power is really toned down in this. While the initial taste sensation has dustiness that I associate with Cabernet Sauvignon, there is much more blackberry fruit than Cabernet currant. Definitely, sweet sensation on the tip of the tongue. As the wine flows back, though, that sweet sensation ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% other stuff (Malbec/Syrah/Merlot) blend."Other stuff" takes the CS power away from this wine.  I kinda get the currant that I see many times from CS on the tip of the tongue, but I'm also getting raspbery, and it's almost sweet.  Tannin is there as the wine moves back along with acid.  This is more an "easy drinkin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Las Lajas Estate la Rioja Argentina Malbec 'Reserva" 2011


    this is a very rich, smooth, full of character, full bodied malbec that may only need aerated with decanting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • It must be tough being neighbors with one of America's premier winemaking ... Huston Vineyards' 2012 Malbec. The Coiled Wines Riesling was “one of the most dramatic Rieslings in the Northwest, thanks to notes of green apple, minerality and spine-shivering acidity,” Times contributor Andy Perdue said. The Huston Malbec was “perfectly balanced …... Read More

    From the article Idaho Wine Industry: No Longer Small Potatoes?

  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... huge commercial success of malbec.  Good thing Montes wasn’t on my flight home to New York. It departed from Santiago, less than an hour’s drive from an array of vineyards producing a wide range of ever improving white and red wines. Yet Delta’s otherwise varied... Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began

  • Jac Cole Mosaico Sonoma Valley 2013


    Naked Wines selection - Cabernet and Malbec blend. Opens with an interesting mixture of cranberry and green peach, with a few swirls, black and green pepper and notes of fudge. Medium mouthful, dry, and balanced tannins and acidity. Green pepper, other vegetal notes, and a nice bit of oak. Long savory finish, had alone, but suspect this one woul... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • 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

    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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