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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec wine 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.

Malbec Tasting Notes

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.

Malbec Food Pairing Tips

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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    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Alamos Malbec 2020
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    El Enemigo Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • BenMarco Malbec 2019  Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Estancia Mendoza Malbec Kadabra 2021  Front Label
    Bodega Estancia Mendoza Malbec Kadabra 2021
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2020  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2020
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Luigi Bosca De Sangre Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Luigi Bosca De Sangre Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2020  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2020
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Poligonos del Valle de Uco San Pablo Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Poligonos del Valle de Uco San Pablo Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Antigal Uno Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Barrel Select Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Barrel Select Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tilia Malbec 2021  Front Label
    Tilia Malbec 2021
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2021  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2021
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Weinert Estate Malbec 2012  Front Label
    Weinert Estate Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Portillo Malbec 2021  Front Label
    Portillo Malbec 2021
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2021  Front Label
    Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2021
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
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