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 Decero Malbec Mendoza Remolinos Vineyard 2014


    some hints of acidity and spices that did not appeal to me, but other that those, it's all good. some fresh fruits underneath Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2013


    good balance of spices and cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2014


    a little too much spices for me. threatens to cover up the fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 2012


    Stunning wine for the price and age has done it well. Blackberries in spades, currant, a touch of sweet black cherries on the back end, a slight touch of oak to boot.This is generous, smooth and full bodied. The tannins are rounded and are balanced with good acidity. Tremendous QPR. Hold for 3-5 yrs. or drink, why wait? 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • DV - wow!!! Just got around to opening the Church & State ... blend, ... blend, getting all but the malbec.Here's my CT tasting note:Just an excellent British Columbia red Bordeaux blend. Decanted for 1-2 hours. The nose is loaded with ripe plum, tar and blackberry.  Tons of ripe blackberry, black cherry and a touch of black licorice. The tann... Read More

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  • Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve Colchagua Valley 2013


    Herbal notes of eucalyptus and green pepper in the glass, though plenty of dark cherry and blackberry/raspberry fruit. Similar flavors continue through to the palate, where they are joined by rich spice and generous tannins, more dark blackberry and an increasing intensity of lingering earthiness towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Norton Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2012


    A big version that is deftly balanced. Violets, blueberry and blackberry fruits, earth and chocolate combine with medium to full tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Aoyo Limited Edition Reserva Malbec Dry 2013


    love it Read More

    Wine review by Sheraz123

  • Don Miguel Gascón Malbec Mendoza 2015


    Intriguing mixed berry aromas with a note of toffee, cola and baking spice framing ripe cherry. A bit dusty on entry, this is smooth and easy drinking with a touch of tannin lurking behind ripe, restrained plum and cherry fruit, smoke and dark chocolate towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gouguenheim Malbec Reserva 2013


    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • 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.

    Comment by 320157Tasti 320157 Tasti

  • 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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