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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  • Mendel Malbec 2006


    Didn't feel there was anything special about this wine to compel me to drink it again. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Durigutti Red Blend Familia 2006


    Did not like this - it finished last in our Malbec tasting. Don't bother with this one! Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2007


    Pretty tasty, but not my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2006


    Tasty, but a little too expensive for me to choose it again. I'd rather buy more Luca. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Cahors France Red Dry 2006


    I like this Malbec at this price point. Blended with 20% Merlot. It's nice when you want something more old world style, and not a fruit bomb from Mendoza. :) Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Luca Malbec 2007


    This is an awesome wine! Decanted it for about 90 minutes and was rewarded for my patience. :) Will definitely be purchasing more of this for the cellar. It is an inky purple color and full of luscious mouth-coating fruit. Really awesome. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Tamarí Malbec Reserva 2006


    Love this wine! Beautiful garnet color, full body and lots of fruit. Great with spicy food, or just to sip after a hard day! Read More

    Wine review by jlara4sbwine

  • Six Prong Red Horse Heaven Hills 2004


    From Wine Spectator: Soft, ripe and appealing for its currant and plum flavors, ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Fran Read More

    Wine review by seadevi

  • Alamos Selección Malbec Merlot 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8

  • Trapiche Iscay Merlot Malbec 2007


    Despite a lack of complexity, this wine is pleasant enough for everyday consumption. It is smooth, but I recommend following the winemaker's suggestion that it be slightly chilled if you are drinking it without food. Read More

    Wine review by azjim

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