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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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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2015  Front Label
    Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2015 Front Label
    Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Lujan de Cuyo DOC 2015  Front Label
    Luigi Bosca Malbec Lujan de Cuyo DOC 2015
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Cuvelier Los Andes Malbec 2015  Front Label
      Cuvelier Los Andes Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2015  Front Label
      Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2015
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Tikal Amorio Malbec 2015 Front Label
      Tikal Amorio Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Siesta Malbec 2015 Front Label
      Siesta Malbec 2015
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Charles & Charles C2 Northridge Vineyard Malbec 2015  Front Label
        Charles & Charles C2 Northridge Vineyard Malbec 2015
        Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • WE92
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      • Carmelo Patti Malbec 2015 Front Label
        Carmelo Patti Malbec 2015
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Bodega Monteviejo Petite Fleur Malbec 2015  Front Bottle Shot
        Bodega Monteviejo Petite Fleur Malbec 2015
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2015  Front Label
        Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2015
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2015  Front Label
        Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2015
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2015 Front Label
          TintoNegro Limestone Block Malbec 2015
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Vina Cobos Bramare Chanares Estate 2015  Front Label
          Vina Cobos Bramare Chanares Estate 2015
          Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2015  Front Label
            Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec 2015
            Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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