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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  • V V:  I saw that write-up of your Paso Trip earlier this year.  I do ... up - a French Pinot Noir, a Malbec from Mendoza Argentina, and a nice Shiraz from Australia.  I ended up buying a bottle of the Shiraz for $20, and we had it tonight with some New York steaks on the grill (after Sandra put in seven hours at the office on a Sunday). &nbs Read More

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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011


    ah yes how i have missed a good malbec, and from Argentina, which has always been a good wine, this malbec was perfectly tart, just a smidgen sweet and oaked perfectly. just wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza 2005


    An Argentine fave! Read More

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  • Alamos Malbec 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011


    Malbec's from Argentina have an excellent reputation but I found this one to be middle of road. It had some body but was rather heavy for my taste. The flavor just sat there and didn't grow at all. Not a bad wine for the price by any means but not my first choice. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib

  • Yesterday was a good time.  We started off by heading over to the district ... we enjoyed a glass of a 2012 Malbec - Altos Del Plata, which was quite nice.  After the performance we walked over to Georgetown to dine at Farmers Fishers Bakers where I ate a tasty pizza while Sandra had a nice steak; we each had a glass of red wine there too - A D... Read More

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  • Forgeron Cellars Malbec Stonetree Vineyard 2011


    The wine is a deep dark brooding ruby color in the glass, that is almost black ...-malbec-stonetree-vineyard.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Navarro Correas Malbec Coleccion Privada 2012


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    Wine review by mnotani

  • Kestrel "Falcon Series" Syrah Yakima Valley 2009


    Blend of syrah and mourvedre. Very inky in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Cold climate in style with a nice tannic bite on the long finish. Very nice wine with high QPR. Very close to four glasses, we'll see what the second day brings. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Trapiche Malbec Oak Cask Mendoza 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • 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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