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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 Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2017  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Alta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP90
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    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • BenMarco Malbec 2017  Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP92
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP92
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  • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • RP91
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  • Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WS90
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  • Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Argentina
    • JS93
    • RP91
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  • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • W&S92
    • RP90
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  • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017  Front Label
    Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP94
    • WE93
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  • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Zolo Black Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Zolo Black Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
    • RP90
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  • Altos las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP96
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  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Lujan de Cuyo DOC 2018  Front Label
    Luigi Bosca Malbec Lujan de Cuyo DOC 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP90
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
    • TA97
    • RP95
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  • Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • RP93
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    Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • JS97
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    • TA96
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    Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP93
    • W&S93
    • WS92
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  • Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP93
    • WE90
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  • Bodega Atamisque Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Bodega Atamisque Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP90
    • JS90
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