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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec wine 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.

Malbec Tasting Notes

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.

Malbec Food Pairing Tips

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 Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS95
    • RP93
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  • Catena Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Alamos Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Alamos Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
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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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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • RP92
    • WS91
    • W&S90
    3.9 79 Ratings
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP90
    3.9 81 Ratings
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  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • D97
    • JS93
    • RP91
    4.1 32 Ratings
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2017  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP92
    • JS92
    • W&S91
    • WS91
    4.0 118 Ratings
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    4.0 144 Ratings
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  • Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP94
    3.6 22 Ratings
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  • Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    3.8 21 Ratings
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  • Mosquita Muerta Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Mosquita Muerta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP94
    4.1 9 Ratings
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  • Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
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  • Salentein Reserve Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Salentein Reserve Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • WS89
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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
    • RP90
    • WS90
    3.9 74 Ratings
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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
    • RP90
    4.2 31 Ratings
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  • Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2020  Front Label
    Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2020
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS90
    3.9 26 Ratings
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  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    3.9 28 Ratings
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  • Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
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  • El Esteco Don David Malbec Reserve 2019  Front Label
    El Esteco Don David Malbec Reserve 2019
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
    • JS92
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Sur de los Andes Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Sur de los Andes Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
      4.6 25 Ratings
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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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    • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2015  Front Label
      Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • TA97
      • RP95
      4.7 8 Ratings
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    • Guillermo de Mendoza Malbec (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
      Guillermo de Mendoza Malbec (OU Kosher) 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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