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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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  • Dona Paula Parcel Alluvia Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Dona Paula Parcel Alluvia Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Tikal Amorio Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2013 Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • TintoNegro Uco Valley-Mendoza Malbec 2013 Front Label
    TintoNegro Uco Valley-Mendoza Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Malbec from California
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  • Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Catena Malbec (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Hearst Ranch Babicora Malbec 2013 Front Label
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    Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Eighty Four Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Eighty Four Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Napa Valley, California
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  • Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Echeverria Gran Reserva Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Echeverria Gran Reserva Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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  • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2013 Front Label
    Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Single Vineyard Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Weinert Carrascal Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Ricardo Santos Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Ricardo Santos El Gran Malbec 2013
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