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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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  • Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP91
    • W&S90
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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
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    • WE92
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014 Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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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 Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS97
    • RP95
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  • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • TA92
    • W&S90
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  • Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • TA93
    • RP92
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2016  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • WS90
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WS90
    • WE90
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • JS95
    • WE93
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  • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • RP91
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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 95 Ratings
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP97
    • JS96
    • W&S92
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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
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  • Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS94
      • WW91
      • RP91
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    • TintoNegro Mendoza Malbec 2018  Front Label
      TintoNegro Mendoza Malbec 2018
      Malbec from 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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      • Mt. Brave Malbec 2016  Front Label
        Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
        Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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      • Salentein Reserve Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Salentein Reserve Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
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      • Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019  Front Label
        Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
        • WW90
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      • Mendel Malbec 2017  Front Label
        Mendel Malbec 2017
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • WE93
        • RP91
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      • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
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      • Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016 Front Label
        Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
        • TA91
        3.7 85 Ratings
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