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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  • 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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  • The Show Malbec 2012


    Yes it has some cherry/plum flavors, but as it warms up it becomes bitter. No smooth flavor here. Read More

    Wine review by jambro777

  • I've tried numerous Alamos and Catena over the years as I can get them ... ... big wines but...... The big Malbec fruit and the harsh tannins is a kill joy for me even for a daily drinker. I usually look towards Spain or Chilean for my daily QPR's.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Personally I'm a big fan of Alamos Malbec. It's cheap, but great value. If you need more convincing ...  Read More

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  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in general they are quite good.  I tend to favor the ones from Chile because of our visit to that country in 2014.  Spanish wines are also very tasty and a better value in restaurants than some of the French wines.Speaking of French wine, after my two-hour massage yesterday (Sandr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Trapiche Malbec 2014


    Cassis and black cherry on the nose.Somewhat boozy. Initial tastes are soft peppery notes with blackberry fruit. Somewhat lightweight mouthfeel and a dry finish. Might go well with red meat, easy drinking but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by HarperInTheVines

  • Chateau du Caillau Malbec Cahors 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • It was actually the first cab sav from Argentina that I can recall ... ... "Angelica Zapata" malbec (2005) was the best malbec and one of the nicest wines I've had.  I have the 2008 Angelica and will probably open it up in the next year or two.  I won't recommend that you buy the cab.  I know your style :)  I just lucked out that it was the pe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Roth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011


    Nice smooth red. Read More

    Wine review by mpboillat

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