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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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  • Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WE92
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  • Bodega Rolland Mariflor Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Bodega Rolland Mariflor Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Pulenta Gran Malbec X 2012 Front Label
    Pulenta Gran Malbec X 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • WS90
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  • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Nieto Senetiner Terroir Blend Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Terroir Blend Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodegas Renacer Renacer Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Bodegas Renacer Renacer 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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  • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Argentina
    • JS92
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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 Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Vina Alicia Paso de Piedra Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Trivento Eolo Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Trivento Eolo Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Amalia Reserva Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Vina Amalia Reserva Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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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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  • Kaiken Ultra Las Rocas Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Kaiken Ultra Las Rocas Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Calcu Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Calcu Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve 2012
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Recuerdo Malbec 2012 Front Label
    Recuerdo Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS91
    • W&S91
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