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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  • Colores del Sol Malbec 2012

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    As always a nice price friendly wine that you can find in your local supermarket. Your dinner guests will never think that is where you picked this up. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Finca Flichman Malbec 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). ... and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Malbec. Luigi Bosca 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Masi Tupungato Paso Doble 2010

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    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Septima Malbec 2012

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    Purchased this for under $8 dollars and what a super deal. Plum notes, vanilla, nice balance between acidity and tannins. Condensed grape flavor with a mouth coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Red Rock Winery Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2013

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    Hilton Head, Harris Teeter, March 2015. Good stuff. (nice review, Randy?). Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • The sweet blood of grapes just might be the perfect pairing for Spike Lee's ... Got Game” called for a malbec from Catena, a family-owned winery. “In 'He Got Game,' there's an emotional scene about generational change and the father-son dynamic,” he said, “so we went for generational change in a winemaking family.” Though the “science” of pairi... Read More

    From the article Napa Winery To Spike Lee's Films With Handpicked Creations


  • Blue Rock Baby Blue Red Blend 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rcrump


  • Gascon Reserva Malbec 2011

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    Opens up with Lavender, vanilla, & white pepper with further notes of nutmeg, and rich & sweet baking spice. A few swirls, and damp moss and cedar, green pepper, and oak. Nice big mouthful, on the acidic, but soft tannins, A long and savory finish with more oak and cocoa. Quite a little number, good price point, and would get better after a few... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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