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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  • Maipe Malbec 2008


    Inky, dark and medium bodied. Black fruit and a touch of vanilla. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67

  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec Argentine Penaflor/Trapiche 2006


    This is a very good example of what a malbec can be. If you like malbecs you will like this wine. It is more refined than many other malbecs in this price range and the tannins have been well rounded by the hot Argentina summer. This wine is a very dark purple hue with, spicy notes and a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by 158026rar8888 158026 rar8888

  • Navarro Correas Malbec Colección Privada 2005


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    Wine review by Diegote

  • Bodega El Portillo Malbec 2007


    Great wine for the price, was smooth and I would purchase again Read More

    Wine review by jfrasse

  • Michael-David Vineyards Incognito 2005


    This Rhône-style blend is bravely composed of 9 different varietals including: ... Cinsault, Carignane, Tannat, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Grenache. The outcome is successfully, by design, an enigmatic Rhône Valley tribute including, literally, every typical Rhône varietal. Surprisingly, I found characteristics and nuances that Incognito una... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150

  • Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. Titus Vineyards 2005 ... ... structure while a bit of Malbec and Cabernet Franc highlight the wines red fruit characters. This robust red wine is firing on all cylinders mouth coating and full bodied, elegant and lush. Deep aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry and cassis are framed by lay... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Doña Paula Malbec 2005


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    Wine review by jlpeschiera

  • Diseño Malbec 2007


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    Wine review by kfrantz

  • Buoncristiani Family Winery Buoncristiani O.P.C 2004


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The 2004 O.P.C. is ... is ... Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec. In creating a wine uniquely theirs, the Buoncristiani brothers discovered the synergy of marrying carefully selected grapes from some of Napa Valleys most prestigious vineyards. The O.P.C. (Ol Pas Claret) was named to honor a gra... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserve 2005


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    Wine review by Reevesie

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