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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  • California

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  • France

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  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of t...

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    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Livingston Cellars

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  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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Malbec on Snooth

  • Nuevo Mundo Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010

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    Ah Ha! a wonderful wine and blend, aged nicely, very smooth and pleasant to the palate..........and organic too!! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Waterbrook Malbec 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by sanadler


  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Altos 'Reserve Vina Hormigas' las Hormigas Malbec 2008

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    The best Malbec ever Read More

    Wine review by flwfreedom


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Sandra was working late last night - didn't get home until 8 PM.  None ... ... We enjoyed this 2011 Malbec Grand Reserve from Cruz Alta vineyards in the Mendoza region of  Argentina.  I did sense the strong tannins (not my favorite thing mind you) but there was an abundance of fruit so it was pretty tasty with our pasta dinner.  I might add th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Catena Malbec 2008

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    Very bold Read More

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  • Not content with sporting on the epic beards in all of winedom, Dezel is also a ... ... Pinot Noir / Burgundy, Malbec / Cahors, Tannat / Madiran, etc. – you get the picture. Be it new world or old world, rich or restrained, at the end of the day, it’s all about balance, and both camps offer that. My personal cellar is about 50/50.      Snooth:... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Dezel Quillen


  • Welcome Snowman,I think there probably is some database, but the problem is ... is.  I opened a Catena Malbec a few weeks ago that was 2001 and it was dead, like drinking water.I think you're on the right track.  I wouldn't worry about them going bad.  Just don't sit on them for a decade! Enjoy your summer to Read More

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  • I have been an enjoying  wine for many years now, and do not even pretend to know about wines. I just know what I like and always experiment with something new. However I was hoping that maybe I could get some expert advice on this site, since viewing the site it appears that there are many knowledgeable readers here. As I have  said earlier , I... Read More

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