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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  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015


    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

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  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec (9%). This is a rich, well-structured wine, particularly for the price. Second, there’s that Secret Squirrel label! From an image of a squirrel in a red mask on the front, to this description on the back, you will smile. “Taste me.... Read More

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  • Nomade Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011


    the fresh crisp taste was a surprise, brought the feeling of a fall day to mind and this Malbec is aging well. Read More

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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2015


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  • Chateau Malbec Bordeaux 2014


    Balanced, fine tannins, long finish of dark fruit evolving into earthy and dark bitter chocolate finish. Elegant, but suttle complexity. Read More

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  • Randy - The Willamette Valley wines (which includes Dundee Hills) are most ... ... this week) yesterday, a 2014 Malbec and a 2008 LAN Rioja Grand Reserva.  We really loved the Rioja.&nbs Read More

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  • E - I've noticed something in your reporting that I've noticed in ... ... to that lately was the Tikal Malbec/Syrah. Other than that I'm beginning to think I really need to branch out and get something out of my comfort zon Read More

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  • A few days ago I was in a Whole Foods market picking up stuff on Sandra's ... when I open them.  The Malbec was about $12, the Bordeaux was about $17 and the Rioja was about $2 Read More

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  • Had friends over last night and shared a bottle of Aguribay Malbec 2006 Red. We were all pleasantly suprise, its smooth rich elegant taste, was such a delight, we all loved it.

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  • This may be the underrated grape of today drinker- Originally named the Pressac from the De Pressac Estate in Saint Emilion, where the winemake was a Monsieur Malbec, it became the workhorse of the Cahors SW France region- Recently transplanted to Argentina and Chile (where it is original pre phylloxera rootstock) its success has started a regen...

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  • I love the Malbe, Alegoria of Navarro Correa & Catena...Both are delicious...

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