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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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  • Catena Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2017  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP92
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
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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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  • BenMarco Malbec 2017  Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP92
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  • Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • W&S93
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    • WS90
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS95
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS100
    • RP98
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  • Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS90
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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 Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • JS92
    • RP91
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  • Mt. Brave Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS95
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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS91
    • W&S90
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS92
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  • Tilia Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Tilia Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS93
      • D91
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    • Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2020  Front Label
      Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2020
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2016  Front Label
        Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2016
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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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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        • Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2018  Front Label
          Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018  Front Label
            Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018
            Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
            • JS93
            • W&S92
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          • Santa Julia Plus Malbec 2020  Front Label
            Santa Julia Plus Malbec 2020
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • A16 Punto Ar Nuit 2017  Front Label
              A16 Punto Ar Nuit 2017
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
              • JS92
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