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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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  • ZaHa Malbec 2013 Front Label
    ZaHa Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP97
    • WW95
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  • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW91
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Catena Alta Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Hearst Ranch Babicora Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Hearst Ranch Babicora Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW94
    • JS93
    • WE92
    • RP91
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  • Anko Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Anko Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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    • WW91
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  • Tomero Reserva Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Tomero Reserva Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW90
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  • Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW90
    4.1 9 Ratings
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS95
    • WS93
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    • WE92
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  • Niner Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Niner Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WW90
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  • Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2013  Front Label
    Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW90
    4.2 29 Ratings
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • WW93
    • WE92
    • WS91
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2013  Front Label
    Susana Balbo Nosotros Single Vineyard Nomade Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • WW95
    • RP92
    4.7 14 Ratings
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  • Boatique Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Boatique Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • WW91
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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2013 Front Label
    Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW90
    3.7 18 Ratings
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WW90
    • WS90
    4.2 10 Ratings
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP96
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    • WE93
    • WW93
    • WS91
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