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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  • Infinitus Red Blend Malbec/Syrah 2005

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    Excelent blend from the south (Rio Negro) Oaky aromas in the beginning. Round and buttery in mouth, fruit and more aromas appearing later. Very well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Magnum149


  • Hi, I was at a Fall Festival today where they had a wine tasting tent with ... ... ... Winery had a New York Malbec. They said the grapes are grown on Long Island. I found it a bit too bitter for my taste, but I'm only just getting used to some of the Malbecs coming out of South America and I was surprised to find one locally made. Are you gu... Read More

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  • Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Alamos 2006

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    Yet to try Read More

    Wine review by dista23


  • Bodega Cicchitti Malbec 2006

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    "An outstanding wine, the 2004 Malbec Gran Reserva was sourced from the Altamira vineyard and spent 12 months in French and American oak. Inky purple in color, it exhibits aromas of pain grille, spice box, tobacco, saddle leather, and black cherry. Thick and sweet, it has excellent depth and concentration and superb length. It will evolve for 4-... Read More

    Wine review by dista23


  • Tamarí Malbec Reserva 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by VinoceSux


  • Teatown Cellars Merlot Blend Napa Valley Right Bank 2005

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    I was very surprised to find out how wonderful this bottle is. A local wine shop owner recommended it to me last night and I was impressed with the boldness and richness of the flavors. Lots of spices. Wonderful all around. Read More

    Wine review by rsimone


  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2005

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    Good, reliable wine form Argentina. Very enjoyable with a steak, Full of fruit aromas and a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by saucecans


  • Alamos Selección Malbec Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by KettlebellMan


  • Paul Hobbs Cs Napa 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipergas


  • Viña Cobos Malbec Felino 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipergas


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