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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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    Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2016
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2016  Front Label
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    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Pascual Toso Alta Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Pascual Toso Alta Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • El Enemigo  Malbec 2016  Front Label
    El Enemigo Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Mt. Brave Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016 Front Label
    Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2016  Front Label
    Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2016  Front Label
    Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • RP90
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    Dona Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega 2016
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • HandCraft Malbec 2016 Front Label
    HandCraft Malbec 2016
    Malbec from California
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    • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec 2016  Front Label
      Bodega Cuarto Dominio Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016 Front Label
      Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    • The Seeker Malbec 2016 Front Label
      The Seeker Malbec 2016
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2016  Front Label
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        Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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        • Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Malbec 2016 Front Label
          Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        • Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2016 Front Label
          Altos las Hormigas Uco Valley Terroir Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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          El Esteco Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Argentina
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        • L10 by Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2016 Front Label
          L10 by Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Vina Cobos Bramare Uco Valley Malbec 2016 Front Label
            Vina Cobos Bramare Uco Valley Malbec 2016
            Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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            Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2016
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2016 Front Label
            Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2016
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            Clos La Coutale Cahors 2016
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