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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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  • Cigar Box Old Vine Malbec 2018 Front Label
    Cigar Box Old Vine Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Verum Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Verum Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    • TA90
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  • Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Argentina
    • JS93
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  • Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2015  Front Label
    Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • TA96
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  • Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Argentina
    • JS98
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  • Salentein Reserve Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Salentein Reserve Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
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  • Luca Old Vine Malbec (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Luca Old Vine Malbec (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • JS93
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    • WS91
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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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  • Bodega DiamAndes Uco Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Bodega DiamAndes Uco Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • WS90
    4.2 8 Ratings
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  • Red Rock Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Red Rock Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Black Cabra Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Black Cabra Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
      3.8 36 Ratings
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    • Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2015 Front Label
      Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP93
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      • WS92
      4.1 13 Ratings
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    • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2018 Front Label
      Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Salta, Argentina
      • D91
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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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      • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2017 Front Label
        Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2017
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
        • RP90
        4.2 12 Ratings
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      • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
        4.2 29 Ratings
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      • Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2019  Front Label
        Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2019
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015  Front Label
          Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015
          Malbec from Salta, Argentina
          • TA97
          • RP95
          4.8 6 Ratings
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        • Weinert Estate Malbec 2010  Front Label
          Weinert Estate Malbec 2010
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018  Front Label
            Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
            • RP91
            4.5 29 Ratings
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          • Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2017  Front Label
            Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2017
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
            • JS91
            4.4 12 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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            • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017  Front Label
              Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
              • RP94
              • WE93
              2.7 18 Ratings
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            • Tilia Malbec 2019  Front Label
              Tilia Malbec 2019
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2019  Front Label
                Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2019
                Malbec from Argentina
                • JS92
                4.8 20 Ratings
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