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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  • Well made Zin can last quite a while. OT and I will be getting together soon I ... ... but I hardly ever touch Malbec because I don't usually like it.  It can be clumsy, kind of muddy, and doesn't have much more than overripe plums to it, IMO.  But (and here we go) I get a bottle a year in my Rockpile allotment, so I finally opened one from t... Read More

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  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... ... Argentina, and finally a Malbec Grand Reserva from Argentina.  They didn't have the regular Malbec from Argentina, but we probably would not have preferred that over the Grand Reserva anyway.  We ended up buying four bottles, one Torrontes, two Pinot Noirs and on... Read More

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  • Cepas Elegidas Con Tacto Malbec 2010

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    Considering that the wine maker used no enzymes and indigenous yeast, the Con Tacto is incredibly complex. The wine was not filtered or finned, maximizing potential for aging and leading to sensational mouthfeel with intricate, chewy, and velvety tannins. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Cepas Elegidas Cinq 2009

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    Each barrel that made up this blend was aged 22 months in French and American Oak barrels, 6 of which were first use providing great structure and balance. Cooperages of the oak selected is Mercier, Slyvain, Remond, Mistral and Odyse, all in 225L format. The wines were racked only twice during aging and aged sur lie for 14 months. The lees were ... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Dante Robino Malbec 2008

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    Deep purple color. This is a full body and crisp, with soft tannins and a lot of frutal aromas. Long finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Catena Malbec 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Bodega Calle Ca' de Calle Reserva 2011

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Very nice blend of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon,& Petit Verdot. Lush and smooth with soft tannins and minimal acidity. Plum, black cherry, smoke, cocoa, and floral in a long finish.For the price point or at double it, outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • The worlds of wine and money are colliding in Argentina’s famed Mendoza ... in the region famous for its Malbec. Cancel, a financial writer, dove into the depths of real estate and investment, beginning with the insights of one of the region’s winemakers. “As an autumn chill settles over the country, the harvested vineyards mottling yellow and... Read More

    From the article Investors Gobbling Up Argentina's Vineyard Parcels


  • A chunk of Washington wine growing land was just too tempting for one well ... ... is king so cabernet, merlot, malbec, cab franc and even some syrah and just really high quality clones trying to find the right places for the right varieties and that’s really what we’re all about,” Aquilini President Barry Olivier said in an interview with an ... Read More

    From the article Canadian Invasion! Hockey Honchos Buy, Develop Washington Land


  • Filus Malbec Reserve 2010

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    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


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