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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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I expected. 2/3 of you already know who your Santa was. That should make the guessing easier for the 4 still left guessing.What did you get?JD -  2011 Damilano Barolo Brunate - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV ... Read More

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  • Finca la Escondida Malbec 2015

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    hint of cheery to the nose ..quite pleasant. Mid palate is bright fruit with some green pepper and finishes with a bright cherry flavor, easy drinking, affordable. Read More

    Wine review by craigdecker


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Marchigue 2014

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    Dark blackberry and bramble fruit notes with earthy, barnyard aromas and deep salinity on the nose. Quite fruity in the mouth with black cherry, blackberry and plum notes leading the way for good spice notes of clove and cinnamon with a full mouth of tannin and a note of chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mira Vos Mendoza Malbec 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. Semi-opaque Garnet Red. Opens with ... as ... as bold compared to other Malbec Read More

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  • Our case of Medlock Ames wines showed up at UPS yesterday.  I decided to ...  The three bottles of Malbec make the even dozen.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec Tupungato Valley 2013

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    Elegant and smooth red fruit notes of raspberry, red currant and black cherry on the nose with candied plum and sweet floral violet aromas. The rich and round palate carries itself assertively with thick and ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, smooth texture and well balanced structure. On the finish this has great length with black fruit flavors... Read More

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  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... years.Lambert Bridge 2012 Malbec ($70)Lambert Bridge is a boutique Dry Creek Valley producer that sells its wine direct to consumers. A small handful of wineries in Sonoma produce a varietal Malbec and this is one of the best. Red flower aromas emerge from the n... Read More

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  • Okay, so are tannins sour or bitter?  I was in a pub at Sloan Square in ... myself a glass of Trapiche Malbec (2014), which I enjoy because of the smooth taste, perhaps as a result of it having spent nine months aging in oak casks, but what the hell do I know?  Tannins? Acid?  Aromas of whatever?  Beats hell out of me, but it does go well with... Read More

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  • As near as I can recall, I said something about having a particular fondness for Argentine Malbecs along with Chilean Carmineres and Cabs.  The problem I have is that I suffered a head injury about 30 years ago that took away a good bit of my olfactory sense, so many of the nuances of a fine wine are totally lost on me.  Reading a description of... Read More

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  • Okay, I have no idea how to do this.  I posted what I thought was an intro a week or two ago and I cannot find either my post or any of whatever replies there might have been.  Computers and the arcane rituals one has to perform in order to make sense of any of this crap are an absolute mystery to me.  I am a MENSA member so I know perfectly wel... Read More

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