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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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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS92
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  • Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP92
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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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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WW93
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  • Catena Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
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  • BenMarco Malbec 2017  Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP92
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS95
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  • La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2018  Front Label
    La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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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
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  • Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 8 Front Label
    Red Schooner by Caymus Voyage 8
    Malbec from Argentina
    • WW90
    4.5 91 Ratings
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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS91
    • W&S90
    3.8 28 Ratings
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  • Tikal Amorio Malbec 2015 Front Label
    Tikal Amorio Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
    • WS90
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP98
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  • Red Rock Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Red Rock Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2016 Front Label
      Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2016
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • RP95
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    • K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016  Front Label
      K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Washington
      • JD95
      • JS92
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    • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
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    • Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2015  Front Label
      Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2018  Front Label
        La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
        • RP90
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      • High Note Malbec 2019  Front Label
        High Note Malbec 2019
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Etchart Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Etchart Reserva Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
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