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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  • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2004

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    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Blend Lunlunta D.V. Catena Cabernet-Malbec 2003

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    Incredibly inky purple color. It was a bit unbalanced and I think it needs a bit of time to mellow. Read More

    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Finca las Moras Malbec Tulum Valley Reserva 2006

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    A simple pleasure--fruit-forward in the best sense, with aromas and flavors of leather, plums, vanilla, and spice. MSRP is $12, so it's a good deal for the wine. Read More

    Wine review by drdebs


  • El Porvenir Malbec Laborum 2004

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    Wine review by wteele


  • Wines tasted for this report:2006 Budini Malbec 85pts2007 Finca Flichman Malbec 83pts2006 Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Malbec 82pts2006 Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada Malbec 86pts2007 Familia Schroeder Saurus Malbec 89pts2006 Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 89pts2005 Punto Final Malbec Reserva 80pts2005 Luigi Bosca Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 92pts20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Argentine Malbec comes of age


  • Bodegas San Polo Auka Malbec 2006

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    Opaque black-purple. This opens very slowly with very restrained aromatics. ... much quintessential value Malbec. 89p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Achaval-Ferrer Torrontés Nomade 2007

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    Vivid violet color and almost opaque in the glass. This opens with intensely floral and tropical fruited notes and a touch of raw, black pepper studded bacon. A touch syrah like then a rush of freshly crushed wild raspberry greets the nose with an underlay of vanilla crème that is barely noticeable. In the mouth this is bright and vivid with bla... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza 2005

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    Dark and intensely purple but decidedly transparent at the same time. This ... ... but not the weight of many Malbecs. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva 2005

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    Opaque black-purple but with a touch of coffee on the rim. Funny this also smells of coffee, creamy coffee and alcoholic, a bit like Irish coffee with notes of spicy wood tones, raw wood, vanilla and a top note of talc. The typical sweet entry is followed by bitter tannins. This is very extracted with a deep core of blackberry fruit that has no ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Sur de Los Andes Malbec Gran Reserva 2006

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    Opaque black-purple in the glass. Opens with a huge, spicy nose, strong dried ginger, blueberry compote with a touch of bitter orange jam. This smells both modern and expensive. Very smooth and rich in the mouth with a suave, cashmere fell that belies the wines extraction. The tough, woody tannins pop out, marring the finish but the core of frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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