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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

Tasting Notes for Malbec

Malbec is a dry, red wine that typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec wine will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Food Parings for Malbec

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secrets for Malbec

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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  • Alamos Malbec 2018 Front Label
    Alamos Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • RP90
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • TA95
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • WE92
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  • Catena Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP91
    • W&S90
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2016  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • WS90
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  • Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS96
    • WS96
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  • Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • TA94
    • RP92
    3.8 88 Ratings
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • WE93
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  • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • TA92
    • W&S90
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  • Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
    • JS94
    • W&S91
    • WE90
    • RP89
    3.6 36 Ratings
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  • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • RP91
    3.8 74 Ratings
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  • Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • CARO Aruma Malbec 2018  Front Label
      CARO Aruma Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS93
      4.2 8 Ratings
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    • Finca de los Padrillos Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Finca de los Padrillos Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
      3.8 8 Ratings
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    • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014 Front Label
      Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • WE91
      3.9 213 Ratings
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    • Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
      4.2 24 Ratings
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    • Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 8 Front Label
      Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 8
      Malbec from Argentina
      • WW90
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    • Catena Alta Malbec 2015  Front Label
      Catena Alta Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP93
      • JS93
      • WS90
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    • Tilia Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Tilia Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS90
      3.6 126 Ratings
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    • Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec 2014  Front Label
      Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec 2014
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS94
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    • Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016 Front Label
      Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
      • TA91
      3.7 80 Ratings
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    • High Note Malbec 2017  Front Label
      High Note Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
      3.9 19 Ratings
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    • Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • TA93
      • RP92
      3.7 8 Ratings
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    • Pascual Toso Alta Malbec 2016  Front Label
      Pascual Toso Alta Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
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    • Diseno Old Vine Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Diseno Old Vine Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019  Front Label
        Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
        3.7 37 Ratings
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