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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  • Catena Malbec 2012

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    Wine review by sa3108


  • Barricas Malbec 2013

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    The wine is a bright ruby in the glass, with very nice clarity. The nose is ...-malbec.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Cheval des Andes 2009

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    Another one had at dinner at Capital Grille, a big burly Wine. deep dusky perfectly balanced fruit, a bit of smoke, earth, herbs, some chocolate, oak, tannins and acidity. Long long finish of roasted preserves and oak. If anything still a bit young. Bit pricey for Restaurant use, but quite something for home use. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2012

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    Another from Mercat. Soft and subtle, with great ripe fruit and floral nose. Medium soft and balanced tannins and medium acidity with a balanced oak component. Great long finish of more. Great pricing for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Do what DV and OT suggested. See if you can find some tastings. Not many in the ... in the ... a lot of generic Malbec from Argentina as well, most isn't bad, although most isn't particularly memorable eithe Read More

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  • Agreed. The people who post to sell stuff get on my nerves. Like that idiot who ... cost a few bucks. A $10 -15 Malbec or Zin doesn't really hold up all that well. And if you're talking about plastic cork, I'm assuming that's the price range. So I'd immediately pour it into a 1/2 bottle, stopper that and put it in the fridge. Then enjoy the oth... Read More

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  • San Pedro Epica Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Lindeman, a lot of it depends on what the winemaker wants. If he wants a little ... ... in a lot of Merlot, Cab, Malbec, etc. Those grapes are all related and are part of the Carmenet family. They're all parents or siblings or cousins. You also get it in Sauvignon Blanc, which is part of the family. People will sometimes say a particular wine i... Read More

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  • Retired and looking to become more acquainted with wine products.  It seems like an vast array of confusion to me.  I only drink dark red wines, and the cheap kinds- as you might be able to tell by my username- but I love wine.  So let me get my many thoughts together and in some kind of order and I will get back.  Thank you community.  Read More

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  • Tilia Malbec-Syrah 2014

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    Medium bodies with lively tannins and blackberry and plum flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • 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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