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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  • Sophenia Synthesis Malbec 2013


    A bit of heat, a bit of black fruit and dusty earth aromas. Blackberry, black currant and rich, mineral earth notes with a fair amount of dark chocolate and coffee flavor. Full bodied and rich on the palate with good texture and expressive fruit, this finishes with some licorice and birch bark notes that are herbal and dry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec Bonarda 2016


    Chunky cherry and red currant aromas with a touch of savory minerality, put together this presents an interesting fruit and floral mixture on the nose. A bit flabby on the palate with black cherry fruit and an earthy, tart finish with rough tannins. Read More

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  • Santa Julia Malbec Mendoza 2016


    Light, cherry aromas with sun drenched earth. Lightly spiced and fresh flavors of mixed berry, cranberry and cherry on the palate with a finish of tart fresh fruit flavor. Pleasing and easy drinking. Read More

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  • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2015


    Tart red fruit aromas, a touch astringent with floral notes. Cranberry and raspberry fruit with cherry and earthy clay notes on the finish. Read More

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  • Carlos Basso Dos Fincas Cabernet Malbec 2012


    Complex dark oak and smoke aromas with deep blackberry and ripe plum notes, light heat, dark chocolate and a floral note. Black cherry preserves and a syrupy texture combine to make a jammy palate of fruit and spice, finishing with a tingling acidity and smoky toasted oak. Read More

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  • Juan Benegas Malbec Mendoza 2017


    Lightly floral black pepper and vanilla aromas with a note of red currant. Tart red fruit notes of cranberry, Bing cherries and spiced notes of smoky herbal tree bark and mineral earth. Read More

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  • Have you noticed that wherever you are in the world, the Christmas lunch menu ... menu ...  Argentinean Malbec has taken the world by storm and gets the best out of turkey, goose or duck - its crisp dense black fruit is a steal at £10, $15, (Viñalba Reservado 2015). If you have a spare £35, ($50) treat your guests to Salentien’s intense Primu... Read More

    From the article Have a Grand Cru Christmas!

  • Kaiken Malbec Ultra 2015


    Brooding and dusty with black currant and blackberry preserve aromas. Dark chocolate, earthy and tannic with a broad, bold and assertive palate of black cherry, blackberry and black currant, chewy and drying tannins, fresh acidity and a lengthy finish thats more dry than fruity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • These are not exactly bought...I give a bottle to each member of our wine club ... here.I've had the Gascon Malbec and haven't been real impressed, but this was already on my buy list having tried it a few weeks back.The Tarima Monastrell is solid and they've been in my cellar for years.Ditto for the Andrew Murray Tous Les Jours Syrah.  He's a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Bodegas Diamandes Bodegas Diamandes Perlita 2012


    Perlita Good table wine Rich red meat pasta Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook

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