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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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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tilia Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Tilia Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP90
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  • TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2014 Front Label
    TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP90
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS95
    • RP93
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    • D90
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Luca Malbec (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Luca Malbec (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WW93
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  • Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Zorzal Gran Terroir Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Argentina
    • W&S92
    • RP91
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2014 Front Label
    Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • WS90
    • RP90
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  • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2014 Front Label
    Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP89
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  • Anko Flor de Cardon Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Anko Flor de Cardon Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
    • W&S92
    • RP91
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS94
    • JS94
    • RP92
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  • Casarena Naokis Vineyard Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Casarena Naokis Vineyard Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP92
    • WS92
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  • Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP90
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  • Altos las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Gualtallary Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP95
    • JS92
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2014 Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WS90
    • JS90
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS94
    • RP93
    • WS92
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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
    • JS95
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  • Viu Manent San Carlos Estate Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Viu Manent San Carlos Estate Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Chile
    • RP92
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP90
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  • BenMarco Malbec 2014 Front Label
    BenMarco Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
    • D91
    • RP90
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  • Bodega Colome Autentico Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Autentico Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
    • RP93
    • WS92
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  • La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2014 Front Label
    La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP90
    3.8 29 Ratings
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