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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  • Matias Riccitelli Malbec Hey Malbec! 2015

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    Pinched red fruit aromas with a pleasant herbal dried basil and black pepper note coming through. Concentrated mixed berry, cherry and crushed flower petal notes on the palate with dark chocolate mousse and a hint of espresso on the finish, turning floral again before trailing off towards an earthy spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tapiz Malbec Mendoza Alta Collection 2013

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    Really very good - may be NOT 95 points good but better than 90 for sure. Violets, blueberries, purple garden florals give way to dark berry fruits, spice, dark cherry tannins and good acidity - find it buy it drink it. 91 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Had a small BD party for a good friend and invited a couple of guys he ... ... enjoyed them very much - the Malbec was especially lush and smooth with rounded tannin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bodega Noemia A Lisa Patagonia Argentina 2015

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    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Bodega Noemia A Lisa Patagonia Argentina 2015

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  • Back to Napa. Started today with a visit to Jean Edwards Cellars tasting ... of Napa valley. Their syrah, malbec and zin (tribidrag) were each fantastic in their own way.  Syrah is a grape the produces very different wines depending on where it is grown. This cool climate produces a wine that has more subtle flavors, mainly dark cherry but als... Read More

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  • We tasted a range of lovely wines as usual, at my friend's Wine Bar near ... SONOMA....and also Argentine Malbec.2014 BLOCK EIGHT MERLOT and also 2013 Estate Merlot.......Here am I, with dear wine-loving friends......one is an early childhood friend, MARCIA KING-GAMBLE, who has succeeded in writing and publishing 32 ROMANCE BOOKS, here in Amer... Read More

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  • Orin Swift Papillion 2009

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    This wine is lush and bold like I love my reds. It stands up well to a nice medium ribeye or alone as a sipping wine. Love this one! Read More

    Wine review by TXwineluver


  • Orin Swift Papillion 2009

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  • Antigal Malbec Uno Mendoza 2013

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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

    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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