Malbec

Malbec is a hearty red grape of French origin that is now exceedingly popular in Argentina. Originally called the “black wine of Cahors”, Malbec is also one of the five Bordeaux varieties. In Argentina, the grape typically produces wine of excellent color and concentration, with juicy berry and black fruit flavors coupled with medium acid and moderate tannins. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Malbec among our extensive Malbec wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Malbec reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Malbec, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Bodega Catena Zapata 2006 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)

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  1. $120
If the color doesn’t tell the full story, the nose will: it’s impeccably perfumed, round and sweet, with amazing fruit aromas and a toasty background. The feel is as lush and rich as they come, and there’s outstanding purity to the lusty black fruit flavors. A masher with elegance. Maybe the best Malbec Argentina has ever produced. Drink from 2011–15.  — M.S.  (7/1/2010)
96
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Bodega Catena Zapata 2005 Argentino Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $123
This blend from the Nicasia and Adrianna vineyards is the best Malbec on the market today. There’s raisin, mineral, licorice, blackberry and more. The mouth is like a Mack truck on ice skates, meaning it’s both huge and elegant. And the mile-long finish of coffee, mocha and molten black fruit is awesome. Drink now through 2013.  — M.S.  (8/1/2009)
96
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Bodega Catena Zapata 2005 Nicasia Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $123
Features intoxicating pastry, blueberry, cola and coffee aromas in front of a minerally, terroir-packed palate of soft black fruit, chocolate, fine herbs and other character-aiding touches. The mouthfeel is fabulous and the finish of Swiss chocolate and integrated spice is as smooth as silk. Drink now through 2011.  — M.S.  (8/1/2009)
95
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Trapiche 2009 Finca Jorge Miralles Single Vineyard Malbec (La Consulta)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
This is a real blaster of a Malbec, showing power, concentration and subtleties. The bouquet is full of graham cracker, cola, monster berry and moss notes, while the pure, driving palate deals flavors of toasty blackberry, spice, mocha and more. The lengthy but mellow finish hums like a fine-tuned machine. Drink now–2018.  — M.S.  (10/1/2012)
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Trapiche 2006 Viña Federico Villafañe Single Vineyard Malbec (La Consulta)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Probably the best value in high-end Malbec from Argentina is Trapiche’s single-vineyard series, which in 2006 was led by this bottling from an Uco Valley vineyard. It’s lush, perfectly ripe and full of cola, black fruit and intensity. There’s nary a chink in its fiber, and the rush of fruit that hits the palate followed by layers of subtleties is impressive. Great…  — M.S.  (7/1/2010)
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Clos Troteligotte 2012 K-2 Malbec (Cahors)

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  1. $60
This dense and dark wine is showing as much tannin as fruit at this stage. It’s powerful, the dark fruits ripe and seriously structured. Spice, berries, coffee and a tense, mineral texture are all part of the mix. It needs considerable aging, so don’t drink before 2019  — R.V.  (11/1/2014)
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Château du Cèdre 2011 GC Malbec (Cahors)

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  1. $165
Still very closed up, this is going to be a classic. Its tannins are already balanced to the immense juicy fruits and dark wood flavors that bring out spiciness. It’s powerful while not over the top, showing elegance at the same time as an opulent texture. Give this gorgeous wine until 2018.  — R.V.  (11/1/2014)
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Château du Cèdre 2010 Le Cèdre Malbec (Cahors)

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  1. $68
This is a great vintage of Le Cèdre. With dark tannins and impressive structure, it is big and fruity while never overwhelming. Dense black fruits, bitter cherries and dark chocolate combine with mineral, juicy acidity. It’s a wine to age for many years, don’t drink before 2018.  — R.V.  (6/1/2014)
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