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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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    BenMarco Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Pulenta Estate Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Pulenta Estate Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • CARO Aruma Malbec 2017  Front Label
    CARO Aruma Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Lote 44 Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Bodega Cuarto Dominio Lote 44 Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Red Diamond Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Red Diamond Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Antigal Uno Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Antigal Uno Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Verum Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Verum Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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      • TA90
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    • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2017 Front Label
      Bodega Cuarto Dominio Tolentino Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash Malbec 2017
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      • Recuerdo Malbec 2017 Front Label
        Recuerdo Malbec 2017
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        • Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2017 Front Label
          Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • JS90
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          Trapiche Medalla Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2017  Front Label
            Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2017
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
            • JS94
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            • RP91
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