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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  • Filus Malbec Alto Medrano 2007

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    Wine review by jlkinsel


  • Carlos Basso Malbec 2004

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    Light fruit with some tannins. Also a hint of oak. I thought it was good with food. Read More

    Wine review by Clay JW


  • Fundacion de Mendoza Cabernet Malbec NV

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    An interesting wine. Acidic, with traces of pepper and vanilla. Not one I would drink everyday, but I enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by Clay JW


  • Rutini Red Blend la Consulta Cabernet Malbec 2005

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    Wine review by mitch12


  • Cobos Marchiori Vineyard 2003

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    The best Argentina has to offer, a fantastic wine, with a fruity nose, hints of nice vanilla, some spices. Soft tanins and a very plesant finish, made the mistake of opening before a 2004 Beaucastel and it took the stars from it!!! Read More

    Wine review by samzfaz


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2005

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    Found this at a small pizzaria in Sonoma and fell in love! Went and bought 12 bottles and sent it home to Texas. Great wine for a summer day. Read More

    Wine review by LValDean


  • Kaiken Malbec 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jbakerny


  • Alfa Crux Malbec 2004

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    A heavy-bodied wine that the sommelier said would age well and stay deep & rich. It's not for the faint of heart - but I guess none of the wines that I like are. Read More

    Wine review by jbc95a


  • Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva 2006

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    Great wine, awesome value. Paid $9.99, Wonderful taste full of plums, stone fruits, extremely smooth great after taste. One of my new favorites, don't buy one bottle buy a case. Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10


  • Bodega Enrique Foster Malbec Ique 2004

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    This is a malbec from Mendoza that will change one's mind of what malbec from this area is all about. Talk about a wonderful seperation of flavor and balanced medium body. The breakdown (in my geeky head) goes like this: Deep red hue with subtle reflective acidity transparency. The nose is earth and and smooth dark fruit with hints of oak that ... Read More

    Wine review by evwgnyc


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