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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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    Amalaya Malbec Blend 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Ksana Malbec 2006
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    Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2006
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  • Mapema Malbec 2006 Front Label
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  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2006 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2006
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  • Luca Nico Malbec 2006 Front Label
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    Malbec from Argentina
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    • WS93
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    Malbec from Argentina
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    Catena Malbec 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
    • WS92
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  • Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2006 Front Label
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    Malbec from Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2006
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    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2006
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