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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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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014 Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WE91
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WW93
    • JS92
    • JD92
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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • BenMarco Malbec 2017  Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP92
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  • Catena Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • D91
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  • Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP94
    • JS92
    • WS91
    • WE91
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  • Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
    • RP94
    • JS94
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  • Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW95
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  • Pulenta Estate Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Pulenta Estate Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • RP91
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  • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS97
    • RP95
    4.9 14 Ratings
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  • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    4.6 7 Ratings
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
    3.6 7 Ratings
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  • Opaque Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Opaque Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP94
    • WE91
    4.4 5 Ratings
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  • Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2016 Front Label
    Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP95
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  • Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2014 Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS90
    4.1 6 Ratings
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  • Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • MAAL Biutiful Malbec 2018  Front Label
    MAAL Biutiful Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Zuccardi Aluvional Malbec La Consulta 2013 Front Label
      Zuccardi Aluvional Malbec La Consulta 2013
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP93
      • V93
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    • Graffigna Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Graffigna Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Argentina
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      • K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016
        Malbec from Washington
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        • JS92
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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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      • El Enemigo  Malbec 2017  Front Label
        El Enemigo Malbec 2017
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • RP92
        • JS92
        • W&S91
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