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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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Rose 2016

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    60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation, less than 24 hours with skins on. Traditional French style. Light peach color. Floral nose. Lots of strawberry notes. A zesty crowd pleaser with a bright fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. Read More

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  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... chewy tannins, mocha. The malbec was floral, spicey with plenty of fruit.  Both are worth the money for every day drinking.Wines of the night from SA:Both from Chile.  The Montes Syrah open big and gamey, with good blackberry fruit, plum, forest floor, chocolate ... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    This was a truer expression of the terroir than anything, which is why I like malbec from Cahors. Blackberry, pepper, short bursts of florals as you swirl. The tannic structure is soft, but notiible and is balanced by good acidity. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Malbec 2014

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    Pungent and big upon entry. Violets, blackberry, red plum, earthy tones with vanilla and pepper are complimented with chewy tannins and good acidity drive the aftertaste. Well done - 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Malbec 2014

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    Wine review by effell


  • Had these yesterday in a side by side tasting with a couple of friends that understand Malbec - both from Cahors - it's home - and Argentina - the largest producer of the grape, plus we had one guy who doesn't know s__t about the grape, so he's input was really valued, but he couldn't understand why.These wines were dramatically different.  The ... Read More

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  • There will be 3 Chilean Pinot Noirs at the NWC - 2 are here:The CyT 2012 ... ... ...  The Trivento 2015 Malbec is well received and should be quite good.Lapostolle is a storied winery, alas I only have this from them - thought I had at least 2.  The 2012 Rapel Valley Carmenere is a good, solid food offering.  The 2nd pinot is the highly hyped... Read More

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  • A couple of Argentinian wines that were donated by Super ! Foods (That usually ... why.)A Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec from Alma Mora.  Both are from the 2016 vintage so we'll se Read More

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  • Amalaya makes this 2016 Torrontes/Riesling blend that should prove interesting. ... before but have had Amalaya malbec before and liked it, so why not try.  The 2016 Felino Vina Cobos Chardonnay is the Paul Hobbs effort in Mendoza.  I'm leery of SA chards anyway (Had some less than stellar efforts.) but Hobbs makes good wine so I figured this m... Read More

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