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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  • Went back to the Washington dailies store again.I know it's not much but ... ... Merlot, Viogneir and Malbec blened well.Never had anything from the vineyard above so this is a newbie for m Read More

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  • Alamos Malbec Seleccion 2014


    Blackberry jam and maple leaves on the nose with a soft spice. A bit floral on the palate with soft jammy fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry and a shifting, earthy note coming through the mid palate and drying out the finish that delivers more red fruit notes of ripe cherry and plum. Read More

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  • Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    In addition to Cabernet (96%), a splash of Malbec (4%) was blended in to this Estate wine. 290 cases were produced. Raspberry and spice aromas practically explode from the nose. Fig, black tea, cherry and more dominate the layered and juicy palate. Clove, cinnamon, earth and cocoa are all present on the memorably long finish. This is a great exa... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso

  • Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec Mendoza 2014


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    Wine review by hipwine

  • OK, have to admit, like Al, the identity of my SS was on the paperwork included ... Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot).DM - not sure about the label stains but the ullage is good so assuming it is a sign of outside influenc Read More

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  • In honor of his return to Los Estados Unidos, I'll resurrect RBA's ... ... in a place called, get this, Malbec.  Surprise, it's an Argentinian restaurant, and we did not drink any Malbec.  We started with a Ceviche sampler, and, for my entree I had a grilled half chicken and Peggy had a vegetarian combo plate.  So, we went with the other Argen... Read More

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  • Chateau Franc-Cardinal Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from in West ... ... cabernet franc and 4% malbec and is aged in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb shanks and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly tart blackcurrant and cherry style fruit and it was a little overtannic. It did not improve much on the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Kathy - DV & Richard are giving you good advise and if I could maybe offer ... ... steak goes great with Malbec and Torrontes. Dining out at different places that offers wine with their food are a good way to learn other wines - ask the somm or the maitr'd their recommendations.  It's a slow process, but the world of food and wine is fun to e... Read More

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  • Salentein Malbec Reserve 2013


    Another one from Vino Volo; Descriptor is correct - 'Blackberry & Vanilla; ... ... fruity and floral for my 'Malbec' taste. Most likely, if other wine were around, would not have this one agai Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Hello all,I'm not actually a beginner in wine preparation. I started preparing wine 3 months ago. I've tasted different varieties of wine and my favorite is Merlot wine. I had a doubt earlier on how to store the prepared wine. I searched many sources and asked many friends and  I happened to read an article yesterday which had tips to properly s... Read More

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