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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 Q Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Finca El Origen Reserva Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP91
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  • Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Graffigna Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Graffigna Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • MAAL Biutiful Malbec 2018  Front Label
      MAAL Biutiful Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Finca La Celia Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Finca La Celia Reserva Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
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      • Argento Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Argento Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve 2018  Front Label
          Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Menage a Trois Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Menage a Trois Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec 2018  Front Label
            Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec 2018
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
            • RP91
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          • High Note Malbec 2018  Front Label
            High Note Malbec 2018
            Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2018  Front Label
              Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2018
              Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Girl & Dragon Malbec 2018  Front Label
                Girl & Dragon Malbec 2018
                Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                • Domaines Paul Mas Reserve Malbec 2018  Front Label
                  Domaines Paul Mas Reserve Malbec 2018
                  Malbec from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                  • Lamadrid Malbec 2018  Front Label
                    Lamadrid Malbec 2018
                    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                    • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2018 Front Label
                      Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2018
                      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • JS91
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                    • Salentein Killka Malbec 2018  Front Label
                      Salentein Killka Malbec 2018
                      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Diseno Old Vine Malbec 2018  Front Label
                        Diseno Old Vine Malbec 2018
                        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                        • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2018 Front Label
                          Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2018
                          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
                          • JS91
                          • RP90
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                        • Matias Riccitelli Wines Hey Malbec 2018  Front Label
                          Matias Riccitelli Wines Hey Malbec 2018
                          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                        • Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec 2018  Front Label
                          Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec 2018
                          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                        • Natura Malbec 2018  Front Label
                          Natura Malbec 2018
                          Malbec from Rapel Valley, Chile
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