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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  • Benegas Finca la Encerrada Estate Single Vineyard Malbec Mendoza 2014

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    Dirty, dusty aromas of moist earth and clay with toasted vanilla and creamy red currant notes on the nose. On the palate this is bold, bright and vibrant with good fresh acidity and juicy fruit notes of cherry, red currant, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, nicely textured with layered tannins and a spice box finish of clove, cinnamon and mor... Read More

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  • Benegas Lynch la Encerrada Estate Single Vineyard Malbec Mendoza 2014

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    Rich, deep black currant and blackberry aromas with a smooth note of vanilla and cinnamon spice. Bold and full bodied on the palate, full of flavor and structure, a bit of black olive and smoky dark chocolate in front of blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit, notes of bay leaf and an earthy finish. Read More

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  • Trivento Malbec Golden Reserve Mendoza 2016

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    Dark blackberry and rich black currant aromas with a touch of molasses and brown sugar spice. Full bodied and a touch savory in the mouth with blackberry and black currant fruit, an earthy textured dark chocolate mid palate and a finish of ripe mixed berry and tart tannins. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Red Blend Mendoza 2013

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    Fresh berry, savory spice and cocoa on the nose with blackberry and a light herbal tomato note. Spicy blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate with fresh acidity and a tart and tangy mixed berry palate that's dusty and herbal towards the finish. Read More

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  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Malbec Reserva Uco Valley 2014

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    Blackberry compote and soft baking spice aromas with a bit of milk chocolate. Dry and drying in the mouth with tart acidity and concentrated berry flavors, smoky earthiness, black cherry and a finish of earth and heat. Read More

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  • Bodegas Salentein Numina Gran Corte Red Blend Uco Valley 2014

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    Savory and earthy aromas of dark chocolate, plum and black currant on the nose with creamy, vanilla bean notes and inviting fresh berry. Dark berry, leather and smoke on the palate with a burnt twig flavor, chewy tannins, dried herbs and tart, focused black fruit. Read More

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  • Ampakama Malbec San Juan Argentina 2014

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    Raisin and dark blackberry fruit with light notes of campfire smoke and forest earth. Rich tannin and perky acidity greet the palate with leafy and earthy fruit notes of black currant and blackberry. Tart and almost red fruited on the medium finish with a lingering smoke. Read More

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  • Don Baltazar Malbec Reserva San Juan Argentina 2013

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    Dark, rich earthy aromas of blackberry and bramble fruit - earthy and minerally. The palate is juicy and full bodied with a pleasant mixture of blackberry and blueberry, milk chocolate and the silky structure of well integrated tannin. There's a lot to like on this balanced wine. 91 pts Read More

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  • Masi Tupungato Corbec Uco Valley 2013

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    Rich savory spice and barbecue sauce aromas with dark black cherry and blackberry fruit. A bit cooler on the palate but not by much, this behaves itself well, expressing oaky notes of spice, dark blackberry and black chocolate, chunky tannins and and light creamy espresso finish. Read More

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  • Masi Tupungato Passo Doble Malbec Corvina 2015

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    Smoky, dark and earthy with a fungal, almost musty note. A bit brighter on the palate, still quite earthy with ripe red fruit flavors of red currant and cranberry, dark chocolate earthiness and a spicy, acidic finish of tart plum skin and tobacco. 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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