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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  • Familia Zuccardi Malbec NV

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    This is an increadibly rich, complex, jammy fortified Malbec. At around $26 when we bought it, this should be saved for after a bad week of work. Almost as sweet as a desert wine but drinks like a wonderful port. Completely worth it. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by manjuy


  • Layer Cake Malbec 2007

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    Wine review by jwilly


  • Zuccardi a Series Malbec

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    sweet, smooth, easy drinker.....sweet, one note finish, but at least its a tasty finish Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005

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    A very smokey wine - herbal, mineral with nice vanilla tones. Pretty tannic on the finish.Tasted at the Snooth PTP California Cab blind tasting:http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/snooth-ptp-california-cabernet Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • The wines as ranked by the players:12 - 2005 Simi Alexander Valley 13.5% - $ ... Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit VerdotCheryl was almost neutral here noting its smooth with a long finish and there is definitely a sweetness here but I cant say I love it. Philip also commented on the long finish and found walnuts, black fruit, dates... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005

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    Smoky, deep and layered on the nose with dried floral, dried herb and vanilla tones accenting the mulberry and plum fruit. There is an underlay of dirt and high toast wood as well and that gained through the course of the evening turning a bit too green and funky, though by the end of the evening that began to re-integrate. At first this deliver... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wines tasted for this report Flight 12005 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet ... ... Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot http://www.snooth.com/wine/rodney-strong-vineyards-alexander-valley-symmetry-red-meritage-2005/ Milky at first, tight then turning very herbal with bay leaf and spicy herbs before a... Read More

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  • Becker Vineyards Malbec Texas Hill Country 2006

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    I have always been a fan of Becker wines after visiting their winery a few ... ... of heavy oak. Very well done Malbe Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Vineyard 2007

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    Nice, flavorfull malbec. I have enjoyed a couple of bottles from the case I purchased. It's still a bit young, so I intend to let it sit for a while and try it again. I'll give another review at that time. Read More

    Wine review by SDFan


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