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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  • Finca la Escondida Malbec 2015


    hint of cheery to the nose ..quite pleasant. Mid palate is bright fruit with some green pepper and finishes with a bright cherry flavor, easy drinking, affordable. Read More

    Wine review by craigdecker

  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Marchigue 2014


    Dark blackberry and bramble fruit notes with earthy, barnyard aromas and deep salinity on the nose. Quite fruity in the mouth with black cherry, blackberry and plum notes leading the way for good spice notes of clove and cinnamon with a full mouth of tannin and a note of chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Mira Vos Mendoza Malbec 2014


    A recent Tasting Room selection. Semi-opaque Garnet Red. Opens with ... as ... as bold compared to other Malbec Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Our case of Medlock Ames wines showed up at UPS yesterday.  I decided to ...  The three bottles of Malbec make the even dozen.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec Tupungato Valley 2013


    Elegant and smooth red fruit notes of raspberry, red currant and black cherry on the nose with candied plum and sweet floral violet aromas. The rich and round palate carries itself assertively with thick and ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, smooth texture and well balanced structure. On the finish this has great length with black fruit flavors... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... years.Lambert Bridge 2012 Malbec ($70)Lambert Bridge is a boutique Dry Creek Valley producer that sells its wine direct to consumers. A small handful of wineries in Sonoma produce a varietal Malbec and this is one of the best. Red flower aromas emerge from the n... Read More

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  • Okay, so are tannins sour or bitter?  I was in a pub at Sloan Square in ... myself a glass of Trapiche Malbec (2014), which I enjoy because of the smooth taste, perhaps as a result of it having spent nine months aging in oak casks, but what the hell do I know?  Tannins? Acid?  Aromas of whatever?  Beats hell out of me, but it does go well with... Read More

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  • As near as I can recall, I said something about having a particular fondness for Argentine Malbecs along with Chilean Carmineres and Cabs.  The problem I have is that I suffered a head injury about 30 years ago that took away a good bit of my olfactory sense, so many of the nuances of a fine wine are totally lost on me.  Reading a description of... Read More

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  • Okay, I have no idea how to do this.  I posted what I thought was an intro a week or two ago and I cannot find either my post or any of whatever replies there might have been.  Computers and the arcane rituals one has to perform in order to make sense of any of this crap are an absolute mystery to me.  I am a MENSA member so I know perfectly wel... Read More

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  • Alamos Malbec 2015


    Earthy and smoky raspberry and strawberry aromas. Quite earthy and dry in the mouth with strong, drying tannins and a short finish of blackberry and a touch of eucalyptus. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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