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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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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014 Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2014 Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS90
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  • Bodega Calle Alberti 154 DOC Reserva Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Bodega Calle Alberti 154 DOC Reserva Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Catena Alta Malbec 2015  Front Label
      Catena Alta Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • WS90
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    • Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2018
      Malbec from 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
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    • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS92
      • RP90
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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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    • Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP89
      2.8 5 Ratings
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    • Bodega Calle Alberti 154 DOC Reserva Malbec 2015 Front Label
      Bodega Calle Alberti 154 DOC Reserva Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
        • RP89
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      • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014  Front Label
        Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS95
        • TA95
        • WS93
        • RP92
        • WE92
        4.8 6 Ratings
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      • Opaque Malbec 2014  Front Label
        Opaque Malbec 2014
        Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
        • TP94
        • WE91
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      • Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2013 Front Label
        Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2013
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
        • RP91
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      • Layer Cake Malbec 2017 Front Label
        Layer Cake Malbec 2017
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • CARO Aruma Malbec 2017  Front Label
          CARO Aruma Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS91
          • D90
          • RP90
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        • La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2017 Front Label
          La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS92
          • WE90
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        • Domaine Bousquet Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Domaine Bousquet Reserva Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
          • TA92
          • JS91
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        • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2016 Front Label
          Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2016
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS92
          • RP90
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        • Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016 Front Label
          Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
          • RP94
          • JS94
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        • Middle Sister Wild One Malbec Front Label
          Middle Sister Wild One Malbec
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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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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          • Menage a Trois Malbec 2017 Front Label
            Menage a Trois Malbec 2017
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Ernesto Catena Selections Siesta Malbec 2014 Front Label
              Ernesto Catena Selections Siesta Malbec 2014
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
              • TA91
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            • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2017 Front Label
              Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2017
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
              • JS90
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