Malbec (pronounced: [mal.bɛk]) is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.Called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, and Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop.
Posts about Malbec
    • Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas

      Why does wine taste the way it does? If you love wine, you’ve no doubt read countless wine tasting descriptions like this one: “blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint…” Wine Advocate 2010 Penfold’s “Grange” Shiraz You might also be wondering… are winemakers are actually blending blueberries into their wine? The answer is no.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 9 readers -
    • Dear Delicious Cheap Wine, Stop Lying To Me

      Get the low-down of how wine prices work, what you should expect, and some tips and clues on how to identify good cheap wine. My best pal buys her wine like this: she goes to the aisle with the wine variety she wants (be it Malbec or Cabernet) and then finds the bottle with the biggest markdown. Her reasoning: Why would I drink a $12.99 wine when you could have a $24.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Follyin Cabernet Sauvignon- 10 readers -
    • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2012 - Magna Cum Laude

      This one makes the honor roll. 100% Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. SRP of $15 and available for as low as $12. Imported by Wine Sellers Ltd. Sample submitted for review. From the bottle: "The Zuccardi Serie A range demonstrates the richness and diversity of Argentina's many micro-climates and soils.

      Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snobin Malbec- 10 readers -
  • 2012 Scotto Family Cellars Malbec

    … category that always makes me do a double take, or check the label carefully: California Malbec. Granted, the grape was widely used for table wine production in pre-Prohibition days, but modern domestic production didn't really start ramping up until Argentina made the grape popular in the 1990s. It's still not something you see a lot of despite…

    Ben Carter/ Benito's Wine Reviewsin Malbec- 5 readers -
  • Joy's JOY of Wine

    … from the same country and see what develops. 5) Sherries are another dessert wine that can make your stogie more flavorful. Again, it’s all about matching flavors, and having patience. If at first you don’t succeed … grab another vino and try again. 6) Sparkling wines and cigars can make an amazing pairing; sparkles enhances the smoky…

    Joy Neighbors/ Joy's JOY of Wine- 4 readers -
  • Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir 2013 - Lovely Languedoc

    …. Impress your senses with the Arrogant Frog...and Live, Laugh, Leap! 13.5% Alcohol" Here at The Reverse Wine Snob we're big fans of the wines of Paul Mas. Wines like the Bulk Buy rated Paul Mas Estate Single Vineyard Collection Malbec and the wine from the vineyard so good they built a wall around it, the Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures. Today…

    Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snobin Pinot Noir- 11 readers -
  • Toledo Area Wine events & Tastings: January 21-24, 2015

    … Valley, California, 2. 2012 Periodic – Pinot Noir – Central Coast, California, 3. 2012 Dona Paula – Estate Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina, 4. 2010 Chateau Villa Carmin – Red Bordeaux – Medoc, France. Nominal fee per sample or $4.50 per flight. Andersons, Talmadge Road, Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. Closeout Tasting #3: 1. St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc, 2. Brocard…

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 6 readers -
  • Postcard From Mendoza

    …-harvest Petit Manseng. The wines compete mightily with the scenery — a green patchwork of vineyards, cypresses and olive trees backdropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. It’s nothing short of magnificent. A Sunday Asado in Luján de Cujo Malbec Vineyards at Achaval Ferrer The Fermentation Room of Terrazas de los Andes Vineyards of Finca Decero Argentina …

    Odd Bacchus- 5 readers -
  • 2015 is Year to Explore, Travel

    …. Argentina and Chile continue to produce wines which seem to improve with each vintage. Everyone knows of Argentinian Malbec but look for a Bonarda for something different. Bonarda will often have many of the same taste characteristics but a bit more of a smoky hint on the palate. Don’t be afraid of Indiana wines. Nothing frustrates me more than…

    Howard W. Hewitt- 3 readers -
  • What We Have Been Drinking–1/19/15

    … Noir Carrie’s Vineyard: Retail $50. I am a big fan of the winemaker, Greg Brewer. Even a huge fan. This is why. He’s always working with great fruit, but he is really talented–almost ten years out this is fantastic. There is the characteristic eucalyptus that I associate with Sta Rita Hills but a ton more. Fruit, balance, earth. Like that vacation you…

    the drunken cyclistin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Malbec Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Blind Tasting Loire Wines

    …, or intentionally oxidized. If it had more residual sugar I'd think Montlouis Sur Loire, but now I think it's a 2010 Vouvray. The second wine, red, is number 142. This one is interesting, as it's a dark red, but distinctly red, in my glass. It doesn't have the purple tones I associate with Loire Valley Gamay Noir or Malbec (Cot). Rather, the red…

    Beau's Barrel Roomin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • Wines of the Week: Wines of Hourglass Estate

    … and an alluring polished mineral finish. 2012 Hourglass Red Blend HG III Napa Valley 14.8% abv | $50 (sample) This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec is composed from declassified estate lots plus non-estate fruit. Bright ruby with a fuchsia rim, it has aromas of macerated fruits, mocha, and minty herbs. With ample air these evolve…

    Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Tablein Cabernet Sauvignon- 9 readers -
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