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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  • Kaiken Malbec 2006

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    Wine review by newnewbalance3


  • Layer Cake Malbec 2007

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    Great wine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by dvajefink


  • Tierra Brisa Malbec 2006

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    I think this Argentine Malbec is a special value. Intense color, balance, distinct flavors, clear finish, modest price. This may be the flagship brand for the emerging Valle de Uco appellation. I have served it seven times since its release and my guests have raved on each occasion. Makes me feel like a wine genius. Read More

    Wine review by LarryPetaluma


  • Don't know if anybody else has had the pleasure of experiencing this wine from ... this Del Fin Del Mundo's Malbec Reserva 2006 Saturday night at Pampas restaurant in Palo Alto, CA. Nice! Even my "I don't like red wine unless it's a port" partner, Daryl, liked this wine! No back-of-the-tongue bite, nice fruity presentation, nice long finis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Argentina: Del Fin Del Mundo


  • Ste. Chapelle Soft Chenin Blanc American Winemaker 2006

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    This is a soft white. A good wine for a crowd. More complex than Pinot ... ... ... Merlot (or Bordeaux) , Malbec or Gamay win Read More

    Wine review by marty


  • just picked up some 2003 Pontet Canet. I glanced at an old issue of Decanter magazine and aw the Sokolin was selling them for $63.00 a bottle. I bought mine for $74.00 at wineconn.com Not a bad deal.Mike Read More

    Forum post in the topic January '09 what are you buying?


  • Quara Malbec Cafayate NV

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    Wine review by Gustaff


  • Yacochuya Malbec Yacochuya 2000

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  • Yacochuya Malbec Cafayate San Pedro de Yacochuya 2006

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  • Yacochuya Malbec Yacochuya 2003

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