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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  • Flechas de Los Andes Gran Malbec Baron Rothschild Argentina Red 2007


    I lived in Argentina for the last 7 months and of course made several ... to ... ... to Mendoza. This gran malbec was one of my top five with rich complexities that unfolded with a perfect balance of red berries and chocolate/ oak. For the price I highly recommend this vino tint Read More

    Wine review by psmyczek

  • Club des Sommeliers Malbec 2007


    Appearance: Ruby - purple, short-spaced, thin and fast forming tears.Smell: ... Full but smooth. Light for a Malbec. Green. Young.Overall: This is a good wine o get to know Malbec, but it has no complexity and it doesn't show all the varietals potentia Read More

    Wine review by guilly94

  • Navarro Correas Malbec Colección Privada 2004


    Appearance: Red, brick red disk. Tears starting to show collor, thickening, medium space, and take a while to form.Smell: Smooth, it has quite a green smell and a good deal of wood. Mint and chocolate. Taste: Complex, medium body. No astringency, velvet. Green minty taste, roasted beans. It lingers in the mouth.Overall: This was a great wine, co... Read More

    Wine review by guilly94

  • Doña Paula Malbec Los Cardos 2007


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    Wine review by Amethystia

  • Valle Perdido Malbec Neuquén 2010


    Full bodied and smooth. A handy Malbec to have in your grilling arsenal. Me gusta for $20, Me gusta mucho for 10 Read More

    Wine review by pddooley

  • Kluge Estate Albemarle Rose 2007


    A nice rose. Good fruity notes, a crisp clean taste and a somewhat clean ... ... franc, Petiti Verdot, and Malbec- I wanted to know- will a combination like that please my palate? And the answer is okay...but I still prefer my Cabernet Sauvignon on it's ow Read More

    Wine review by Emmersart

  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007


    A great blend wine. It's very popular and easy to find and has become one of our favorites. Read More

    Wine review by Carl Ross

  • Château du Cèdre Malbec Cahors Cèdre Heritage 2004


    I LOVED this wine. Big bodied, spicy, supple tannins, concentrated, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by evaem

  • Pascual Toso Malbec Reserva 2007


    This is a lovely Malbec with ruby black color with a purple rim. Flavors of sweet caramelized nuts, mocha, and wet clay aromas are immediately evident. This is a supple wine with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to full-bodied palate - ripe dark berry, mocha, and spice flavors and finishes with a long cocoa and berry fade. Read More

    Wine review by xanthan

  • Bodegas Ateca Old Vine Garnacha Calatayud 2007


    2.2007 Atteca Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud, Spain (14.5%) Color: inky, ... ... and I could mistake it for a malbec)Hector: B (fan of the oakiness/nose, a little to acidic, which takes away from the fruit, a slight chemical flavor, but cant put my finger on it, may go better with food, no finish)Alastor: C+ (nice nose, palate a tad disappoint... Read More

    Wine review by 146169lamarr 146169 lamarr

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