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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  • Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels 2009

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    Boy is this good. Bourdeaux all the way. You'll want meat with this. Blackberries, plum, vanilla, earthy/herbal notes and oak round out the nose. Chewy tannins the rachet up not only the fruit, but the intensity of the mouthfeel in general. The taste is well defined with pleasing fruit with additional cinnamon and mocha to round out the palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

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    This has an odd presence for a bordeaux blend. Actually it makes me think of some pre-1997 Iyalian wines. Although there is accompanying fruit, it's more earth, spice, red cedar, anise and snappy acidity and tannins. It's a little different but it is good. drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Les Vaucorneilles Cuvee Nathan Touraine Mesland 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... ... cabernet franc,gamay and malbec [called cot in this area ].It is not oaked. I started my bottle last night with my bacon pasta bake and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly intense blackcurrant,blackberry and licorice style fruit with more than a hint of pepper ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mjet - these days it's hard to think of a CA or WA Cab that will improve ... Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Malbec, Carmenere, etc. If you have a wine that's going to improve, it's likely to be pretty good on release. It's not like even twenty years ago when you had to wait for Barbaresco or Bordeaux to soften and become palatable.And then as ot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Manos Negras Malbec 2012

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Doña Paula Malbec 2005

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    Smooth, not overly flavorful. Decent wine. Read More

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Sonoma County 2010

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    More blue than red purple color. Green woody nose with a fair amount of earthiness. Gentle hit of cassis on introduction, but lots more going on. Again, Im getting a green viney thing, but definitely not in your face. Dark chocolate with only the suggestion of bitterness. A full-bodied wine, but not a brute. On the other hand it is not a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2005

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    Maybe a 93 and still going strong - got another 3-4 years of hearty drinking left before it slips. This review comes 1500 days exactly since the last. Plenty of dark berry and cherry fruits, mocha, Napa dust, and after a opening with the Venturi aeration system working it's magic the tannins, while chewy, define the structure. Good acidity leads... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    Boy was this ever good. Rich, lush blackberry, dark cherry, damson plum, spice and pepper lead to a well balanced tannic/acid profile that leads to a nice pop at the end. A short but taut aftertaste finishes the wine. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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