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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  • Iv'e learned to appreciate the Sauvignon Blanc's from New ... there someday.  That Malbec / Syrah blend sounds interesting though.  What price point?  I"m guessing $25 a bottle Read More

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  • Al - Most everybody goes to Marlborough but I was in Central Otago during ... ... point (+/-) for the Tikal Malbec/Syrah blend, same goes for Tikal Patrioka...they are both very good.&nbs Read More

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  • The La Finca is not very I think also - stick with Catena, and those styles. ... Better yet, go with Tikal Malbec blends - I like the Syrah mix best, but the Cabby blend is good - they need a little aging though.  The only good 19 Crimes that I've actually purchased is The Warden. Was recently gifted The Banished and The Red Blend.  Haven't tr... Read More

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  • Big Al-  From the cookie party, do you remember the La FInca malbec? It is not an expensive wine. I had some recently and was a bit disappointed, wanting a bigger finish. And way back to the 28th, do you remember the 19 Crimes? Somebody gave me a bottle and I did not try it yet.Sandra got the 2011 Burgundy and you took another Manny?Happy New Ye... Read More

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  • BLM -  I did not try the La Finca Malbec.  I believe I did try the Cruz Alta Malbec though and I wasn't that impressed with it.  My focus was that Denner wine that my friend Kathleen brought over.  From our wine tasting party, the 19 Crimes was not very good.  That was an all Cabernet Sauvignon party, and it didn't stand up well to most of the o... Read More

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  • Argentina is a key player on the 21st century wine scene. Hands down, the ... ... for making some of the best Malbec wine out there today. The Argentine interpretation of the French grape demonstrates a ripeness and robustness of black and blue fruits that is unequaled.  But what I want to make clear here is that when we talk about Argentina, ... Read More

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  • The venison was truly excellent. Served with a quite acceptable but not memorably outstanding Malbec. Nothing tastes better than the fish you caught yourself.  Read More

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  • A normal topic for christmas time that is missing this year. I have an 2009 Mont Redon CdP that I'll serve with prime rib. I'm really looking forward to it. Read More

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  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Blue Melosa Malbec 2012


    Violet flower, mixed berry and spice with soft talcum powder and cherries on the nose. A bit of a sharp acidic edge on the palate, this has tart cherry and cranberry fruit, good texture and a creamy finish of dark chocolate and oak. Read More

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  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Red Melosa Mendoza 2011


    Creamy vanilla aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry preserves. Zesty acidity and bright fruit flavors of blueberry and cherry are very expressive and generous on the palate with fresh baking spice coming through on the mid palate and a dark cocoa finish. Refreshing and flavorful. Read More

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