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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  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015

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    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... ... Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec (9%). This is a rich, well-structured wine, particularly for the price. Second, there’s that Secret Squirrel label! From an image of a squirrel in a red mask on the front, to this description on the back, you will smile. “Taste me.... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • Nomade Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011

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    the fresh crisp taste was a surprise, brought the feeling of a fall day to mind and this Malbec is aging well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Wild Rock Angels Dust Syrah 2008

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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2015

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    Binny's 1/31/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Gougenheim Malbec 2015

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  • Chateau Malbec Bordeaux 2014

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    Balanced, fine tannins, long finish of dark fruit evolving into earthy and dark bitter chocolate finish. Elegant, but suttle complexity. Read More

    Wine review by jihelman


  • Randy - The Willamette Valley wines (which includes Dundee Hills) are most ... ... this week) yesterday, a 2014 Malbec and a 2008 LAN Rioja Grand Reserva.  We really loved the Rioja.&nbs Read More

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  • E - I've noticed something in your reporting that I've noticed in ... ... to that lately was the Tikal Malbec/Syrah. Other than that I'm beginning to think I really need to branch out and get something out of my comfort zon Read More

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  • A few days ago I was in a Whole Foods market picking up stuff on Sandra's ... when I open them.  The Malbec was about $12, the Bordeaux was about $17 and the Rioja was about $2 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

    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?

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