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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  • Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre IGT 2013

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    Gift from Jim Powers. Very good red blend. My lovely wife sad it beat the Uno Malbec. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2013

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    Gift from Mr. Dunn, 4/20/18. Mary loved it. She said it has been a while since she tasted a Malbec. Thank you, Mr. Dunn. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Familia Cassone Obra Prima Malbec Reserva 2014

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    Deep garnet coloration, with slightly rustic overtones....it is not a clear ... one of the softest Mendoza Malbec wines I've ever had and the 14.5% alcohol is superbly well hidden....overall this is highly drinkable and would pair well with a beef/lamb dish, and does quite nicely on its' own too.....it will be a good wine for 8-10 years but is... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Thorn Clarke Malbec On Truro Volcanic Soil St Kitts Vineyard Barossa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    I love this wine. Amazingly dry rich aromas and so flavorful. I'm stockpiling it's so good. Read More

    Wine review by Forever Red


  • Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve 2011

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    Wine review by Packard5625


  • Nomade Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011

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    I always appreciate the malbec coming out of south america. this was on the discount stand and i was quite certain it would be a good wine. it did not let me down. very bright, calm and distinct; it flows discreetly across the palate with no surprises, just wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Upshot Red Blend Sonoma County 2015

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    Powerful and expressive aromatics of red currant, black cherry and oak shavings with milk chocolate and black pepper heat. Juicy blackberry and black currant flavors on the palate with warm cinnamon and cloves notes, a touch of licorice, mixed berry and warm maple flavors, finishing with a dose of cream soda, cherry and thick tannic structure. G... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2013

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    Tobacco and cheryin in the nose, some spices on the back. A well integrated wine with smooth tannins. Read More

    Wine review by ebuggs


  • 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

    Comment by 572455isomiii 572455 isomiii


  • 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!

    Comment by 480607strofan23 480607 strofan23


  • 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?

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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