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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  • Reininger Malbec 2014

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    The wine is a deep, inky black at the center, with garnet along the edges. The ... and very dry finish. This Malbec struck me as being very Cabernet like, which is probably why I like Reininger's interpretation!See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2017/02/2014-reininger-walla-walla-malbec.ht Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Vin de California Tom Shula Malbec 2015

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Malbec Ruta 22 Bodegas Universo Austral Patagonia 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Very good and a perfect everday wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry and spice lead to full mouthing palate. Smooth tannins, driving acidity, plenty of fruit...90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Matias Riccitelli Hey Malbec! Mendoza 2015

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    Pinched red fruit aromas with a pleasant herbal dried basil and black pepper note coming through. Concentrated mixed berry, cherry and crushed flower petal notes on the palate with dark chocolate mousse and a hint of espresso on the finish, turning floral again before trailing off towards an earthy spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gran Reserva Merlot. Carmen 2011

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    Carmen 2011 Merlot Gran Reserva, Maipo Alta $4.99 pre-sale price, bought during the 20% sale at Grocery Outlet.This is a very nice Merlot for the price paid. Im generally not a Merlot fan, but Ive got no issues with this one, except that its not a big blockbuster and its not going to be an ager, as it has no tannins to speak of. A very smooth, e... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Aruma Malbec 2014

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    Great wine! Read More

    Wine review by jean francois


  • The beautiful days keep coming.  Yesterday was a bit cloudy and we had ... I noticed that it was World Malbec Day (17 Apr); I just had to go down into our cellar and retrieve one of our nice examples, this 2012 Malbec from Repris.  We only had a small glass each, but it was quite good.  Perhaps one more year in the bottle would make it even be... Read More

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  • I'm usually not a big fan of malbec, a bit too astringent, but those have mainly been Argentinian.  This wine is really nice, mostly ripe plum and ripe black cherry but it needs some time as the tannins are still a bit rough and grippy. Half a bottle left so we'll see how it holds up after we get back. Read More

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  • Nice VV,How's that Malbec? Read More

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