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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  • Now the wines, but first the food - the Chimichuri steak and the ribs and the ... chewy tannins, mocha. The malbec was floral, spicey with plenty of fruit.  Both are worth the money for every day drinking.Wines of the night from SA:Both from Chile.  The Montes Syrah open big and gamey, with good blackberry fruit, plum, forest floor, chocolate ... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors 2012

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    This was a truer expression of the terroir than anything, which is why I like malbec from Cahors. Blackberry, pepper, short bursts of florals as you swirl. The tannic structure is soft, but notiible and is balanced by good acidity. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Malbec 2014

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    Pungent and big upon entry. Violets, blackberry, red plum, earthy tones with vanilla and pepper are complimented with chewy tannins and good acidity drive the aftertaste. Well done - 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Had these yesterday in a side by side tasting with a couple of friends that understand Malbec - both from Cahors - it's home - and Argentina - the largest producer of the grape, plus we had one guy who doesn't know s__t about the grape, so he's input was really valued, but he couldn't understand why.These wines were dramatically different.  The ... Read More

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  • There will be 3 Chilean Pinot Noirs at the NWC - 2 are here:The CyT 2012 ... ... ...  The Trivento 2015 Malbec is well received and should be quite good.Lapostolle is a storied winery, alas I only have this from them - thought I had at least 2.  The 2012 Rapel Valley Carmenere is a good, solid food offering.  The 2nd pinot is the highly hyped... Read More

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  • A couple of Argentinian wines that were donated by Super ! Foods (That usually ... why.)A Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec from Alma Mora.  Both are from the 2016 vintage so we'll se Read More

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  • Amalaya makes this 2016 Torrontes/Riesling blend that should prove interesting. ... before but have had Amalaya malbec before and liked it, so why not try.  The 2016 Felino Vina Cobos Chardonnay is the Paul Hobbs effort in Mendoza.  I'm leery of SA chards anyway (Had some less than stellar efforts.) but Hobbs makes good wine so I figured this m... Read More

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  • As usual the event will be at my house.  South American wines will poured for the most part - and most of those will be from the local area.  What does that mean?  Won't be any high end wines, just wines that are readily available to the people attending - which will be a different group also.This going to a family style backyard bbq, just frien... Read More

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  • This region may have a section at your local retailer, but perhaps you ... ... thirty countries. The Yarden Malbec (SRP: $33) took the title, and consumers are beginning to add Israel to their repertoire of regions they love.Have you had a wine from Israel? It’s time to take a tast Read More

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  • Where's the Sangiovese, and the Malbec for that matter?  ;-) Read More

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  • I am trying to learn blind tasting. So far I'm looking to group together classic representative or varietally correct wines that have similar properties, so that I may learn how to tell the differences between them. What varietal wines do you think might present similarly to Malbec from Argentina? I'm new so Carmenere was my best guess. I'd lov...

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  • THis is the first Malbec I ever tried. I have tried others now but the Finca Los Primos Malbec is one of my favorites, not only because of the smooth taste but also the price is so fabulous that it is my staple on hand wine.

    Comment by 1029647Kimboe 1029647 Kimboe


  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour


  • justed had a taste of Malbec 2008, it paired well with our pasta dish

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  • I've just uploaded picture#4 in the 'Malbec' varietal profile. This is a Malbec grape from the 40 years-old vines in Cahors - the French Malbec!

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  • I absolutely cannot get enough of the FInca el Retiro Malbec 2004, but can't seem to find any lately. It is the best Malbec I have ever had! Simply delicious to the last drop. Ahhhh!

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  • one of the best and inexpensive Malbecs I have tried was 2006 MONTES... good quality for the price, even in Istanbul tURKEY where we pay tons of duty import and local taxes...!!!!

    Comment by 454743mesut 454743 mesut


  • Punto Final 2008. Luscious, luscious. I just love the jamminess at the front of every mouthful, the great body and the superbe finish. Then, repeat!

    Comment by 300941rosenkavalier 300941 rosenkavalier


  • Can you find Cabo De Hornos Melbec 2007 Gran Reserva?

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