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. 
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  • D - it's the VV. I haven't had either for years. Just from memory, they ... ... The idea was that since Malbec became something so different in the Andes, why not Tannat? Alas - even that intense sun was unable to change the essential unsatisfactory nature of the grape.Everyone wanted to try it, nobody wanted to buy it. It's a little like a tu... Read More

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  • Trivento Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Reserve 2014


    Spicy and ripe in the nose with pleasant earthy aromas of raspberry and dusty cherry. This is smoky and earthy in the mouth with more ripe berry flavors amidst notes of tar and forest underbrush. The finish is long with more earthy notes and hints of licorice and some lingering tannins. Read More

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  • Hello Dmcker -Smiled at your recognition of the Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus ... it be grand if Madiran and Malbec produced a smoother flavor. . .perhaps two-to-one Malbec. I'll keep you informed.&nbs Read More

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  • So Scutulatus--your name? I know it in zoology for part of the ... merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. There are a couple others, but these will likely be the easiest to find. Blend them in little, by little, one at a time and see what kind of blend you like. Recork and refrigerate the opened bottles for use later.Very importantly, let us know h... Read More

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  • Hello Outthere -Madiran is the most salubrious of wines (second is Malbec), all the rest are merely relatively tasty.  Consequently, if I can create a blend that makes a healthy wine tasty, that would be most efficacious.  I'm open to suggestions, hereconcerned, in that once I blend, I can't unblend.   Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  Read More

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  • Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva 2011


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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Franc, Carignan, Grenache, Malbec, Mouvedre, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot Sangiovese and Tannat. Important white wine varietals include Chenin blanc, French Colombard, Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, an... Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • As the chilly season draws to a close our thoughts drift toward picnics in the ... they age beautifully. I tell Malbec drinkers that I will bring them a wine with full body and complexity, and many Riberas fit this bill.”  Joey Campanella, General Manager and Sommelier at Fork Restaurant in Philadelphia: “For red drinkers who like powerful, fu... Read More

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