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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  • Alma Mora Malbec 2008

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    Affordable. Full bodied. Great color. Savory! Read More

    Wine review by jgmichael


  • Santa Ana Malbec

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    Wine review by petering


  • Alfredo Roca Malbec 2011

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    Beautiful purple color. Good acidity, and great body. Read More

    Wine review by dliverpool


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Elegantly spiced fruits on the palate, inky purplish tones for color and satiny soft mouthfeel. The aromas are still fresh and slightly alcoholic, but there are hints of cherry and blackberry. Flavors may include watermelon sweetness right at first, with emerging spice and earthy tones. Great bang for the buck!! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • The My FOX NY video of Devin Shomaker’s new vineyard will surprise you. ... have Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.”  According to Shomaker, his winery (called “Rooftop Reds”) will be the first commercial production vineyard in New York City. “After spending two years in upstate New York’s Finger Lake region studying viticulture ... Read More

    From the article Who Needs Soil? Bold Vintner Takes Vineyard to Brooklyn Rooftop


  • Every year the group of which I am a member [the London BMW Club] have a ... ... reviews on here.I recall the malbec was very smooth and easy-drinking with a plum style fruit.It would go well with most meat dishes. I rode my 40 year old R90/6 which was the oldest bike on the trip.I rode it to and  from Calais  via the normal roads as opposed t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell's Meritage 2007

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    Decent red blend for the price. Easy drinking, but could have been better ... ... dryness of the cab franc, malbec, and petit verdot take over a but too muc Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • La Gourmandiere Touraine Cot 2010

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    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French ... was made from the cot ]malbec ] grape by the large co-operative group Les Maitres Vignerons de la Gourmandiere.I enjoyed my share of this bottle. There was some plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft and unobtrusive.It was smooth and easy drinkin Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Dark Horse Red Blend 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


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