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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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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • TintoNegro Uco Valley-Mendoza Malbec 2012 Front Label
    TintoNegro Uco Valley-Mendoza Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2012 Front Label
    TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Rolland Mariflor Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Bodega Rolland Mariflor Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2012  Front Label
    Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Trivento Eolo Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Trivento Eolo Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Casarena Jamilla's Vineyard Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Casarena Jamilla's Vineyard Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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    Chaman Malbec Reserva 2012
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Alamos Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Alamos Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Angulo Innocenti Malbec 2012
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    Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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