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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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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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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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  • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • JS91
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  • Finca La Celia Pioneer Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Finca La Celia Pioneer Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, 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
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  • Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, 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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  • Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Zingaretti Vineyard Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Zingaretti Vineyard Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Finca La Celia Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Finca La Celia Reserva Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Mt. Brave Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2015 Front Label
    Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, 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
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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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  • K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Washington
    • JD95
    • JS92
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