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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 Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP92
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  • Alamos Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Alamos Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    3.9 367 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
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  • Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 9  Front Label
    Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 9
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • D97
      • JS93
      • RP91
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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
      3.9 106 Ratings
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    • Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • V91
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    • El Enemigo  Malbec 2017  Front Label
      El Enemigo Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP92
      • JS92
      • W&S91
      • WS91
      4.0 130 Ratings
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    • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS95
      • RP95
      3.6 82 Ratings
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    • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS93
      • RP90
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    • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
      • RP91
      4.0 87 Ratings
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    • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
      4.2 35 Ratings
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    • Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
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    • BenMarco Malbec 2019  Front Label
      BenMarco Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS93
      • RP92
      4.0 21 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
        3.7 37 Ratings
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      • Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2020  Front Label
        Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2020
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Kaiken Ultra Las Rocas Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Kaiken Ultra Las Rocas Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS93
          3.8 12 Ratings
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        • Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS93
          • RP92
          • WW92
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        • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
            4.4 8 Ratings
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          • Clos La Coutale Cahors 2018  Front Label
            Clos La Coutale Cahors 2018
            Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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            • Vaglio Aggie Malbec 2019  Front Label
              Vaglio Aggie Malbec 2019
              Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
              • JS94
              • TA93
              3.7 20 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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            • Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018  Front Label
              Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
              • JS91
              4.2 66 Ratings
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            • Etchart Cafayate Malbec 2019  Front Label
              Etchart Cafayate Malbec 2019
              Malbec from Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
              • JS91
              4.3 5 Ratings
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