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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  • Esteemed wine critics like Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni employ ... 79% ... 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot ($42)  It almost demands you sit in a dark wood paneled den to enjoy this savory wine. Spice, licorice, root beer, dried herbs,  black fruits, smoke and leather. Merlot might be the obvious feminine choi... Read More

    From the article Does your wine have a gender?


  • Pulenta Estate Malbec la Flor Rose 2015

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    I had the 2014 with a beef filet mignon simply flipped on the grill and it was good! Some smoke was in evidence! RICH WINE HERE! Read More

    Wine review by amour


  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... putting out clear wines from Malbec and other grapes that they mixed with Syrah, which they called Hermitage, Rioja was getting hit by the phylloxera that had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much lauded and Brunello didn't get beyond the confines of the producer... Read More

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  • OK, my OCD is kicking in.Al, did the Somm say that it contained ... Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère. If the blend includes any other grape variety, it is, by definition, not a Meritage. Also, to qualify as a Meritage, no single grape variety can make up more than 90% o... Read More

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  • SAVED California 2013

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    Wine review by rocktwosms


  • SAVED California 2013

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    Savory mineral notes on the nose with a fiery heat and a rich cream. On the palate there's a lot more fruit, with red currant, cherry and cranberry flavors, a nice spice and a bit of earthiness, some light menthol and a dark chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Amour - I do believe everyone enjoyed their small glass of the dessert wine ... the blend from Argentina of Malbec and Bonarda.Sunday evening was another night out on the town.  We had a performance of 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' at the nearby George Mason University, so we dined nearby at The Wine House, one of our local favorite restaurants... Read More

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  • RBA - The wines from Uraguay interest me.  I've had tannat from there ... experience, but the Bonarda/Malbec blend of the Tikal is the one I really enjoy. The 2010 & 2012 were very good.  Just a note - the Tikal is made by the son of Old man Canten Read More

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  • Atrevida Malbec 2014

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    found it rather heavily spiced... not too keen... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    Wine review by docdom


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