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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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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2008  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2008
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2010 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2010
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2009 Front Label
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    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Dona Paula El Alto Parcel Malbec 2010 Front Label
    Dona Paula El Alto Parcel Malbec 2010
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Durigutti Familia Malbec 2009 Front Label
    Durigutti Familia Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2002 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2002
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  • Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2010 Front Label
    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2010
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2008  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2008
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Cobos Malbec 2002 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Cobos Malbec 2002
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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