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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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  • Amalaya Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Amalaya Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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    Santa Julia Plus Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2016 Front Label
    La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2016
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    • High Note Elevated Malbec 2016 Front Label
      High Note Elevated Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Bodini Malbec 2016 Front Label
          Bodini Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2016  Front Label
          Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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          Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2016 Front Label
            Bodegas Callia Alta Malbec 2016
            Malbec from Argentina
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            • TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2016  Front Label
              TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2016
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2016 Front Label
              Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2016
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Angulo Innocenti Nonni Malbec 2016 Front Label
              Angulo Innocenti Nonni Malbec 2016
              Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Angulo Innocenti Malbec 2016 Front Label
              Angulo Innocenti Malbec 2016
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              • Don Rodolfo Malbec 2016  Front Label
                Don Rodolfo Malbec 2016
                Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                • Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2016 Front Label
                  Santa Julia Organica Malbec 2016
                  Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Tercos Malbec 2016 Front Label
                    Tercos Malbec 2016
                    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                    • Revolution Wine Company Malbec 2016  Front Label
                      Revolution Wine Company Malbec 2016
                      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Testify Malbec Gimblett Gravels 2016  Front Label
                        Testify Malbec Gimblett Gravels 2016
                        Malbec from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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                      • Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2016 Front Label
                        Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2016
                        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
                        • JS90
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                      • TintoNegro 1955 Malbec 2016  Front Label
                        TintoNegro 1955 Malbec 2016
                        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2016 Front Label
                        Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2016
                        Malbec from Argentina
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