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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  • Navarro Correas Malbec Coleccion Privada 2012

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    Wine review by mnotani


  • Kestrel "Falcon Series" Syrah Yakima Valley 2009

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    Blend of syrah and mourvedre. Very inky in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Cold climate in style with a nice tannic bite on the long finish. Very nice wine with high QPR. Very close to four glasses, we'll see what the second day brings. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Trapiche Malbec Oak Cask Mendoza 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2012

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    Good aroma Read More

    Wine review by cerbland


  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2008

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    Pretty interesting wine. Quite different from the California style for a Bordeaux blend. (Well, duh.) That might be from the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon. First of all, it is a very attractive bluish-purple in the glass. Big, fruity nose of blackberry and (I know there is no CS.) currant. On the tongue I get that initial blast of black fruit,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Krupp Brothers Veraison Napa Valley 2009

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    Favorite from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes: 'Complex nose displaying layers of ripe cassis, dark plum, toasted vanilla spice, bay leaf, floral notes and subtle earthy aromas...The persistent, yet elegant finish is polished and round...' All three were interesting, though this one ha... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bodega Septima Gran Reserva 2010

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    Had this with dinner at Truluck's in Dallas. Grilled Salmon with a Lobster & ... ... since there are so many Malbecs out there that are better at about half the pric Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Jean Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2010

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    A very bold wine when it first hits the tongue but fades quickly. I'd recommend this wine for dinner because it won't be overwhelmed by the food. It is heavy, fruity, and for me required a good bit of aeration before the tannins were tamped down to acceptable levels. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib


  • Clos la Coutale Cahors 2011

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    At home. From crown. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2013

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    Wine review by eleftherios6790


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