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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  • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2012


    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Nice little number with plenty of complexity ... dark berry flavors of the Malbec and Cabernet and cocoa and dark chocolate. Long finish that turns surprisingly a bit too dry. Nevertheless pretty darn goo Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012


    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • La Posta Malbec Pizzella 2013


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Argenses Malbec Block 18


    This review is for 2012 Reserve Block 15 Malbec. I think this wine is a great example of a good Malbec and drank it in 2015 MAY. I think waiting to drink this wine would be best if waited longer, closer toward the end of the window because it was not quite there yet. It is aged 14th in French oak barrel, hand picked, 100% estate. Read More

    Wine review by lauranda

  • Bodega Cuarto Dominio 'Tolentino' Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2012


    From the 2nd dinner at Perry's. Seemed like the perfect example of Argentinian Malbec. Soft, well balanced spicy, smoky, pepper, cocoa, and toasted fruit. Great little one. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in ...  46% CS, 24% PV, 23% Malbec, 7% Merlot aged 18 months in American and French Oak.  I liked this blend, a lot.  A fair amount of red fruit.  Very light on tannin and acid.  A good hamburger wine.The "Bishop's Peak" label that Talley uses is for wines that are not from the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour

  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... ... 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit VerdotBlack mineral, violet, and distinct notes of menthol tinged herb greet the nose here followed by a nice touch of vanilla and deep, slightly stewy black fruit aromas. Rich in the mouth, this shows great depth of ... Read More

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  • From Wolff Vineyards during last week's 3-hour visit to Edna ... Merlot20% Syrah12% Malbec8% Petit VerdotGrapes were sourced from various vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  A medium-bodied easy-to-drink wine.  Cherry, dried fruit flavors. Very little tannin.  Fairly tart.  I don't know if it's in spite of or because of th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Red Wolff 2012


    Fairly fruity nose, although there also seems to be a fungal/mushroom hint. Quite fruit forwardblueberry, but also, maybe, some dried fruit like raisin. Fairly light bodied. Not much tannin to speak of. Lots of acid tartness. An easy wine to drink. However, in spite of (or, maybe, because of) the wide combination of component grapes, this ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Meritage is a made up marketing word that really doesn't denote any ... ... Petit Verdot, Gros Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Carmenère or St Macaire. White: Sauv Blanc, Sémillon and or Muscadelle. That's about as far as the regs go as everything else is just suggested but mot enforce 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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